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Making a Murderer: A Conversation on Judging and Justice
Thursday, May 19, 2016 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm UTC
Hon. Geraldine S. Hines, Supreme Judicial Court
Hon. Christopher J. Muse, Superior Court
Hon. Robert J. Kane, Superior Court
Prof. Sharon Beckman, Director of Boston College Innocence Program
Radha Natarajan, Esq., New England Innocence Project
“Making a Murderer,” the ten-part Netflix true-crime documentary series, offers valuable lessons and raises important questions for judges committed to fairness in our criminal justice system. This series has begun a national conversation about fair trials and fair appellate review. We will examine and discuss how issues raised in the series can be instructive to Massachusetts practice and the role judges play in criminal trials. To begin our conversation, we will pose the following questions:
- What went wrong in Steven Avery’s murder trial? Was the judge complicit in the outcome of the trial?
- As judges, do we unwittingly enable unjust outcomes in our courtrooms? How are judges empowered, through their discretion, to intervene and avoid or correct injustices?
- Do judges face institutional barriers and/or pressures that promote, or allow for, unjust outcomes?
Our panel of experienced judges and lawyers will lead the conversation. Come prepared to participate with our panelists in a spirited and enlightening discussion of the key themes and questions presented in the “Making a Murderer” documentary.
Please note: It is highly recommended that you watch the “Making a Murderer” documentary on Netflix prior to attending the program.