Netflix’s Making a Murderer, which chronicles the conviction of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, has become a sensation throughout the globe.
Kathleen Zellner, Avery’s new lawyer, has been hired to prove the innocence of Avery in the murder of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach. She has said in the past that she is in possession of crucial evidence that could exonerate her client.
Avery spent 18 years in prison on a sexual assault charge before DNA evidence proved in 2003 he had not committed the crime. In 2005, he was arrested for the murder of Halbach. Subsequently, his nephew Dassey was also arrested for acting as his uncle’s accomplice.
As reported by Female First, Zellner is well-known as a wrongful conviction expert – with as many as 17 exonerations of men in wrongful convictions to her name. She posted on Twitter that she has a “tsunami of new evidence” that will prove Avery’s innocence.
“If you think we are just tweeting… think again. A tsunami of new evidence is on the way. @MakingAMurderer @Nowheretorunorhide,” she tweeted.
Zellner, who is credited with winning 5 multi-million-dollar record verdicts in a period of 11 months, recently asked the court for an extension for the submission of documents that could prove Avery was not involved in the crime. She requested an extension of 90 days, with legal briefs due on August 29, 2016, as previously reported by Morning News USA.
While the briefs were due on May 31, “despite diligent and extensive efforts, commencing even before the record was sent to this Court, additional time is necessary for undersigned counsel to complete their review of the record and draft a brief.”
Zellner’s areas of practice include medical malpractice, premise liability and civil and criminal law. According to the website of the law offices of Zellner, she has the highest civil rights verdict in the country calculated per month. Moreover, her false arrest settlement is also the highest, which is calculated at $1,550 per minute for a total of $1.4 million for a 90 minute time period.
“There is no other civil rights attorney in the United States who has won larger verdicts when the months of incarceration or the minutes of false arrest are calculated,” the website says.