It Doesn’t Make Steven Avery Guilty
Ever since the document showing 9 potential witnesses the State was ready to use against Steven Avery, a lot of people changed their tune about him. They think all because he had a very violent past, he must be guilty. I say it doesn’t make Steven Avery guilty.
Do I agree with Steven’s past and what he did? Absolutely not. If those allegations are true, then I think he is a very mentally disturbed individual but it doesn’t make him the murderer of Teresa Halbach.
Think about all of your past behaviors – if you were charged with a crime you didn’t do, do you think your past doings would make you look guiltier?
Below, Redditor WillQuoteASOIAF asks the question on whether or not one is able to separate Steven’s past doing with Teresa Halbach’s murder:
It’s hard for some people to reconcile the fact that Avery might have been an abusive, violent person who lashed out at women, with the idea that he might not be guilty. Perhaps he was inappropriate with younger women. Perhaps he was forceful with them. We know he threw a cat into a fire. If any of the recently resurfaced motions are true, he did not just seem to be physically abusive, but emotionally abusive as well. Ostensibly, not a very nice guy.
Consider someone like Michael Peterson. Good looking, educated, seemingly a great father, someone who quoted Goethe and wrote books and constantly pointed out the social injustices he was surrounded by. It’s really easy to root for people like that. It’s not easy to root for Avery.
Sure, we can blame a lot of things for his conduct, if we wanted. Blame his upbringing, blame his parents for consistently having children who seemingly all had the same twisted relationship with women, blame his level of education, the small-town context he grew up in. Blame the criminal justice system that put him in prison for 18 years for something he didn’t do, perhaps exacerbating his issues. Blame the wife that sent him letters in prison threatening to kill his children if he didn’t fix something he had no power to fix. Blame the partner who left him as soon as his millions became an unlikely prospect and he was put in prison again. Blame the county that believed a wealthier, better educated woman’s testimony over his even in the absence of any other evidence to prosecute him. Blame all of those things, sure, but Avery should also share a lot of the blame.
Contrary to what some have said, I don’t know if people on this sub really think he’s a good guy. But of course, most realize that none of that makes him a murderer. I think this case is a really good platform to figure out the constitution of our convictions, what’s really important, and what should take priority over everything else.
So, how does this work? Do you do the right thing and divorce his personal history with the simple fact that there was ample reasonable doubt to let him go free? Do you compartmentalize, reconcile, or ignore? Do you even root for him, or simply root for justice to prevail? How much of his personal history do you take into account when you think about questions of guilt or no guilt? Does that question even matter to you?
Sorry for not having a pointed question. I’m hoping we can just talk about this issue in general here.
It’s a very good question. Valid points. I think whoever reads the past allegations will be shocked and stunned and try to equate that to him being the murderer of Teresa Halbach but then they have to step back and not correlate the two.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Judge Willis used a lot of his decisions based on that document. Even though he didn’t allow the jurors to hear them, I think he kept those allegations in the back of his mind and made a lot of court rulings based off of them. The reason why I think this is because of his statement when his was sentencing Steven:
“Given the trend of your crimes, society has a legitimate right to be concerned that there is a serious risk you would re-offend and commit serious offenses if you’re ever permitted to be released from prison.”
Having a past doesn’t make Steven Avery guilty of the murder or Teresa Halbach.
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