Author Jerome F. Buting has enjoyed a more than 40 year career as a criminal defense lawyer in the state of Wisconsin. He was a founding member of the law firm Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C. Since 1993, his criminal defense law practice focuses on the defense of serious and complex criminal offenses, both state and federal, trial and appeal. Throughout his career, most of his cases have dealt with criminal law, including homicides and violent crimes, sex and drug offenses and internet sex crimes.
Over the course of his career, Jerry has worked on many high profile cases while also serving as a frequent lecturer on DNA, computer crimes and other forensic evidence. His reputation as a tenacious, talented defense attorney preceded his role as the co-defense attorney in the State v. Steven Avery murder trial in 2007. His performance throughout the trial and his efforts toward exposing both the shaky integrity of law enforcement and inherent flaws in the justice system came to national attention following Netflix’s popular documentary Making a Murderer.
Jerry has embraced this new platform to start a worldwide and direct conversation with the general public, to educate, engage, exchange ideas and offer solutions for comprehensive reforms to reinstate the integrity and trust our Justice System should embody. His interactive forums provide additional impetus and material to enrich his personal and professional experience. It is this collective knowledge, which he has written about in his book “Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System” (Harper 2017), where he enlightens his readers about the dysfunction found in the criminal justice system and proposes ways in which we can perpetuate change.