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Making a Murderer’s Dean Strang and Jerry Buting Will Have A Conversation on Justice Friday at DPAC

<em>Making of a Murderer's</em> Dean Strang (left) and Jerry Buting will continue their 20-city <em>Conversation on Justice</em> tour at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 20th, at the Durham Performing Arts Center

Making of a Murderer’s Dean Strang (left) and Jerry Buting will continue their 20-city North American Conversation on Justice tour at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 20th, at the 2,700-seat, state-of-the-art Durham Performing Arts Center

At 8 p.m. on Friday, May 20th, the Durham Performing Arts Center will present A Conversation on Justice, featuring Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, who served as defense attorneys for Steven Avery in the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer, which chronicles Avery’s wrongful 1985 conviction for sexual assault, his exoneration thanks to the efforts of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, his release from prison in 2003, and his subsequent 2005 arrest and controversial 2007 conviction for the murder of photographer Teresa Halbach.

The 20-city North American tour of A Conversation on Justice began on April 16th at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, MA, and will end on Aug. 14th at the Polk Theater in Nashville, TN.

According to the DPAC news release, “… [A Conversation on Justice] will involve the two attorneys in conversation about the Steven Avery case and its broader implications, as well as a discussion on the larger topic of the American criminal justice system. Each night will also feature a Q&A portion and the opportunity for the audience to address questions directly to Dean Strang and Jerry Buting,” who earned his law degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Also according to preshow publicity, “Making a Murderer became a docu-series phenomenon with over 19 million viewers watching the program. … [T]rue crime narratives like Making a Murderer, The Jinx, Serial, and the O.J. Simpson trial have made the subject of the strengths and weakness in the U.S. justice system a topic of conversation for the water cooler, TV, radio, podcast, dinner table, and everywhere in between. Strang and Buting will be exploring and discussing our process of justice today and throughout history. Reviewing these situations, they will highlight the imperfections in our judicial system and suggest improvements that are sorely needed.”

SECOND OPINION: May 18th Raleigh, NC News & Observer preview by Anne Blythe:

The Durham Performing Arts Center presents Making a Murderer’s Dean Strang & Jerry Buting in A CONVERSATION ON JUSTICE at 8 p.m. May 20 at 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701, in the American Tobacco District.

TICKETS: $39.50-$49.50. Click here for DPAC Special Offers.


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Making A Murderer (2015 Netflix series): (official website), (Internet Movie Database), (Facebook page), (Twitter page), and (Wikipedia).

A Conversation on Justice (2016 tour): (official website), (Facebook page), and (Twitter page).


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