“Many of the weaknesses or frailties of any system of justice are universal.”
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Jerry Buting has enjoyed a 35-year career as a criminal defense attorney and gained international fame following the airing of Netflix’s highly successful, compelling documentary Making a Murderer, which exposed the institutional failures within the American Criminal Justice System to an international audience. The Steven Avery case profiled in the documentary reaffirmed major flaws that Jerry has encountered with many other cases throughout his career.
Since the launch of his book “Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System” (Harper 2017) Jerry has continued the conversation with worldwide audiences. He explores themes found in his book and other broad-reaching topics, thereby challenging his audiences with provocative discussions on the flaws inherent in the U.S. and many other justice systems. His goal is to educate the public, legal professionals and other policy makers to effect long-overdue criminal justice reform.
Some of the broad reaching topics Jerry discusses include:
- Making a Murderer and its far-reaching global impact
- The challenges of handling a high-profile case
- How extensive pretrial media coverage and discussions on social media effect the process of jury selection
- America’s flawed justice system from police investigation through trial
- The desperate condition of indigent defense in America, through which 90% of accused citizens receive constitutionally guaranteed assistance of counsel
- When and why some people falsely confess
- Why some innocent people plead guilty to crimes they did not commit
- The difficulty of seeking justice for the wrongfully convicted and the barriers to reversal of a conviction even for the innocent
- Increasingly common scandals and errors uncovered in America’s crime labs
- Why DNA evidence has become controversial in criminal cases and what it means to the innocent
- The impact of courts’ reliance on many forensic tests that are scientifically unfounded
- Why law enforcement and prosecutorial misconduct is not punished more severely to deter abuses in the justice system
- Mass incarceration in America, its causes and remedies
- Why we have a system that largely subsists on prosecuting members of underclasses
- The roles race, ethnicity and immigration status play in the judicial system