According to Steven Avery’s defense lawyer, who featured in the docuseries Making a Murderer, the U.S. justice system could learn from the way Canada approaches its cases in the courts.
Lawyers Dean Strang and Jerry Buting will be hosting A Conversation on Justice tour at the Sony Center for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada, on Saturday.
Strang referred to the defense system in Canada, especially for those in financial need and/or seeking legal assistance as “superior” than in the U.S. “I think part of what you’ll hear, honestly, is admiration from us for aspects of the Canadian system that, I think, are superior to ours,” he said in a phone interview with The Canadian Press.
“[Canadian] police service training at the provincial level is more uniform … than police training in smaller U.S. communities which isn’t so uniformly organized at the state level, for example,” he added.
Strang and Buting’s tour, which started in April and continues through August, sees them discussing the details of the Making a Murderer case and the aspects of the U.S. criminal justice system, as reported by CBC News.
The 10-part docuseries chronicles the conviction of Avery, who was convicted in 1985 on a sexual assault charge. After spending 18 years in prison, DNA evidence was able to prove he had not committed the crime and that he was wrongfully convicted.
While Avery was involved in a $36 million lawsuit against the Manitowoc County, he and his nephew Brendan Dassey were arrested in the 2005 murder of 25-year-old Teresa Halbach. Sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, Avery is seeking release on bond.
During their tour, Strang and Buting have been asked how change can be brought in their communities. “We talk to them about the opportunity to get involved either with charities or social action non-profits — and that doesn’t always take money,” Strang said.