Bowden Jones Solicitors, experts in Criminal Defence, were delighted to host a meeting at the House of Commons on 31st January to support the launch of the Open Justice Charter. The guest speaker was Dean Strang, the US Attorney and who with Jerry Butting were the lawyers of the hit Netflix documentary, Making a Murderer, which has captivated audiences worldwide and has been hailed as one of the most important documentaries ever made.
In 2015 a large number of viewers became engrossed with the real life criminal case of Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey. Avery and Dassey were convicted of the murder of Teresa Halbach. The real life case created doubt amongst viewers as to the truth of what happened and the safety of the convictions.
Mr Strang represented Avery during his trial and the audience was fascinated to hear his views as the flaws of the prosecution case. Amongst some of his deepest concerns was the lack of transparency in the way the police conducted the investigation and the method in which Dassey, who at the time was a juvenile, was questioned and coerced into confessing to murder.
The case highlights the importance of investigation transparency and the accused’s right to a fair trial. In the absence of the above, miscarriages of justice occur.
Avery and Dassey remain in prison however the conviction of Dassey has been overruled by the Federal Appeal Court in the USA and a decision on whether he is to be retried is awaited.
Centre for Criminal Appeals co-founder and Bowden Jones consultant, Glyn Maddocks said “Having Dean Strang at the House of Commons was a tremendous boost to our campaign for open justice in this country. Not only has Making a Murderer awakened much needed interest in the subject of wrongful conviction here and in the US, but it has also exposed the fact that the cult Netflix hit could not be made in the UK because of the growing restrictions on open justice. In the UK, lack of access to case files and Court transcripts inhibits the media from gaining access to investigate suspected miscarriages of justice.”
Bowden Jones Solicitors specialise in the criminal defence of serious crime to include murder and miscarriages of justice. Should you require any assistance in relation to any of the above please do not hesitate to contact any member of our experienced team by calling 02920 484550.
Pictured are Miss Sian Brain, Head of the General Crime at Bowden Jones Solicitors, Mr Dean Strang and Mr Glyn Maddocks.