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White House: Obama can't pardon 'Making a Murderer' convicts

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The 10-part series about the convictions of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, which casts doubt on the legal process in the case, has been a huge hit. The 10-part series about the convictions of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, which casts doubt on the legal process in the case, has been a huge hit.
MILWAUKEE -

Armchair detectives hoping for a different ending for two convicts featured in "Making a Murderer" will have to look beyond the president for help.

An online White House petition urging President Barack Obama to pardon Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey has nearly 130,000 signatures, assuring an official response. Avery and Dassey are serving time for a 2005 murder, but the petition-signers say the men were wrongfully convicted. The case has attracted national attention from the hit Netflix documentary series.
    
The White House says under the Constitution, the president can't pardon Avery and Dassey because they were convicted of state crimes, not federal crimes.
    
But the White House is using the petition to promote Obama's support for a criminal justice overhaul, one of Obama's top legislative priorities for his final year.

Meanwhile, a juror involved in the homicide case says she stands by the verdict.
    
The jurors have been mostly silent. Many had made an agreement not to talk about the case after the conviction. But Diane Free told The Associated Press she's "comfortable with the verdict we reached."
    
Authorities involved in the case say the series omits crucial facts. Free called it "a movie, not a documentary."

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