One of the most talked about docuseries that is on Netflix would have to be “Making a Murderer.” The series now in its second season has bin binged by millions of people all over the world and the madness of the case continues to raise questions and be a source of debate over many a bartop and coffeehouse table.
Retired Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Andrew Colburn is suing Netflix and “Making a Murderer” producers for defamation, saying that he has been subject to worldwide ridicule, contempt, and disdain since the release of the series three years ago.
The Netflix series looks at the conviction of Steven Avery in the death of Theresa Halbach in 2005. Colburn’s attorney, Michael Griesbach, said:
“(Colburn’s) reputation and that of Manitowoc County, itself, has been severely and unjustly defamed. He is filing this lawsuit to set the record straight and to restore his good name.”
In a news release, Griesbach said that although the Netflix series may have been a professional success for its creators, producers, and distributors, it has added “another layer of tragedy to what is already a painful episode for our community” and has poured salt on the wounds of the Halbach’s family. Colburn hopes to alleviate some of the family’s pain with the lawsuit, he said.
The lawsuit states:
“Pertinent and significant aspects of MAM are not dtrue as represented and are, instead, false and defamatory toward plaintiff and others. Material and significant facts known to the defendants were omitted and distorted.”
The lawsuit specifically calls into question the series’ portrayal of Colom’s November 3, 2005, call to dispatch, the discovery of the key to Halbach’s SUV in Avery’s bedroom on November 8, 2005; 1994 or 1995 telephone and subsequent cover-up that the lawsuit said, “led viewers o falsely conclude that (Colburn) learned of Avery’s 1985 wrongful conviction approximately eight years before he was released, but covered it up”; and “Making a Murder’s omission and distortion of material, significant evidence and facts”
The 20-page lawsuit names Netflix, Inc. Chrome Media, LLC, Laura Ricciardi, Moira Demos, Lisa Nishimura, Adam Del Deo and Mary Manhardt as defendants.
The lawsuit goes onto allege three counts including defamation, internal infliction of emotional distress, and negligence on the part of the defendants and calls for “retraction and honest clarification of the erroneous and false statements and depictions described” in the lawsuit. The lawsuit also demands a jury trial.
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