Wisconsin Innocence Project responds to Netflix

Posted at 5:28 PM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 08:39:55-05

MANITOWOC, WI----Thousands of people across the country are calling for Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey's release.

Now the group who helped clear Avery’s rape conviction is calling the series fascinating.

The Wisconsin Innocence Project in Madison is getting calls in response to the documentary.

“Asking us why we're not helping him now or asking us if we will help him," says Co-Director Keith Findley.

Findley says finds the 10-part series troubling, but it's premature to say the group will take up Avery’s case.

“We have been talking with a number of lawyers including his trial lawyers and others to determine how best to address the issues raised in the film although no decision has been made by anyone yet."

Legal analyst Avi Berk says what the documentary shows is the justice system isn't perfect, but it's tough to say if the case will be reopened.

“There has to be something extremely substantial, substantial new evidence a witness that lied. A witness that was encouraged to lie," says Berk.

Findley says the group would not take up both Avery and Dassey's cases. Also Dassey is being represented by another innocence project in Chicago.