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

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

By Josh Lederman, Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 8, 2016 at 10:03 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.

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