A Cancelled Conversation on Justice
Has this ever happened to you? You purchase tickets months in advance to an event you can’t wait to see only to receive a notice two days prior telling you the event has been cancelled due to “professional conflicts.”
What am I talking about? Remember the 10-part Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” that swept the nation in January about Steven Avery’s at best “questionable” and at worst “corrupt” conviction? Not just once, but twice? Well I purchased tickets to a symposium at the University of Houston with the two attorney’s involved, Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, entitled A Conversation on Justice.
I was so excited to learn what has happened to Avery since then, where he is now legally speaking, what went wrong, how to correct these injustices, and share it with all of you. My apologies at not be able to do this. This event was cancelled due “Professional Conflicts.” Professional conflicts on a Saturday night? Give me a break! To my knowledge, night court is Monday through Friday. Why not just say “personal conflicts.” Where’s the justice we were supposed to have a conversation on?
It’s sad that in January we couldn’t stop talking about Avery, and five months later it’s kind of like, Steven who? So where is the case now? Not only with Avery, but his nephew, Brendan Dassey? Here’s what attorney Dean Strang said in a recent interview conducted by Laura M. Browning with the A.V. Club.
Strang: “[Brendan Dassey] is waiting in federal district court in Milwaukee on a federal habeas petition, so it’s at the trial level in federal court. Steven Avery is done with his appeal and his opportunity in federal court ends, so the current effort for him by Kathleen Zellner and others working with her would be to gather potential newly discovered evidence to support a motion for a new trial, and that would go back to the original trial court.”
God help us with this case going back to the original trial court. This letter was hand written by Avery in February of this year from inside the jail and posted by his new attorney, Kathleen Zellner, who is a rock star attorney. If she can’t help Avery, no one can.Avery says it was “obvious who killed Theresa” but the county chose not to investigate. While I wholeheartedly agree with the second part of his statement, the first is not so obvious to me, but I’m anxious to learn more. In the meantime, I found Browning’s full interview to be thorough and informative, but her last question was on of my favorites:
Browning: “This is the question that everybody really wants to know: Is Ken Kratz’s voice really as awful in person as it is on the show?”
Buting: “You heard what we heard. We heard it for six weeks.”
Yikes! And we only had to listen to his high-pitched voice for ten episodes. But it gets worse. Do you know Kratz reached out to Steven Avery in an attempt to interview him for a book he wanted write? As you know, Kratz was fired from his job for using his position of power to hit on women in the system. I wouldn’t read a cocktail napkin written by this jerk. Here is a copy of the letter Kratz wrote to Avery when his offer was declined. Warning: This will make you sick to your stomach.
Dear Mr Avery:
I got your letter dated August 28 2015, wherein you tell me your visitor list is full, and ask if I checked out other fingerprints found on Teresa Halbach’s car, telling me that these people could have “set you up” for this.
I apologise for misunderstanding your letters from a couple years ago, as I thought you were interested in being honest about what happened and finally telling the whole story to someone. Since I’m the person who probably knows more about your case that anyone else, I hoped that you would chose me to tell your story to.
Unfortunately, you only want to continue your nonsense about being set you. That’s too bad, because you had ONE opportunity to finally tell all the details, but now that will never happen.
By the way, the difference between you and famous convicted murderers from the past is that they told their whole truthful story to someone, who then wrote a book about what actually happened and people got to understand both sides. I was willing to do that for you… but if you are going to continue to lie about what happened between you and Ms Halbach, I am not interested.
If you change your mind, and want to tell your story someday, please contact me.
Kenneth R Kratz
Was I right? Do you need some Pepto? Tell me your thoughts and if you have any updates, please put them in the comment section. Let’s get this conversation going again.