Robert Clark and Everyday Law had the privilege of hosting Jerry Buting for two episodes of the show on election day. Jerry is known worldwide for his valiant courtroom efforts on behalf of Steven Avery in the Netflix series Making A Murderer.
Jerry is a longtime crusader for reformation of the criminal justice system. The fame accorded him in Making A Murderer has enabled him to speak around the world regarding both the show and the enormous need for changes to America's criminal justice system.
This topic was explored in Jerry's book Illusion of Justice which was published with considerable fanfare in 2017. The book explores Making a Murderer as well as a less well known but equally interesting case involving Ralph Armstrong, who was wrongfully convicted through a host of prosecutorial shenanigans and ultimately spent many years in prison despite the prosecutor's knowledge that the crime had been committed by someone else.
The two episode Everyday Law discussion is available on itunes, Google Play, and Podbean as well as on Howard Community College's website.
Jerry was in town for a show at the Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C where he and David Rudolf, legal protagonist of Netfix "The Staircase" held forth on their many years of confronting unethical prosecutors, befuddled judges and dubious forensic evidence.
Everyday Law focused on what can be done to make the criminal justice system more equitable including how local prosecutor elections are vitally important. Extensive discussions ensued with regard to the extent to which "forensic evidence' is often utterly without a scientific basis. Jerry pointed out that hair and fiber evidence has been largely scientifically discredited and that weapons ballistics analysis has been shown to be virtually obsolete given modern precision manufacturing techniques.
The incarceration epidemic was also a subject of discussion with Jerry noting that his native Wisconsin jailed a far larger percentage of it residents than neighboring Minnesota despite virtually identical demographics. The explanation of course is politics! Tough on crime political aspirants locked up non-violent offenders to seem tough on crime.
The episodes cover a great deal of new territory not discussed in previous interviews with Jerry Buting and are well worth a listen.