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Author and criminal defense lawyer Jerome F. Buting, known for his role as the attorney who represented Steven Avery in the critically acclaimed Netflix documentary Making a Murderer, will be the special guest speaker for the Orange County Library System’s next Library After Hours event, taking place September 13 at the Orlando Public Library.
In 2007, Avery was tried for a murder he said he did not commit. He was eventually convicted, and his controversial case was examined in detail in the Netflix series. The show helped bring Buting and his work to push for criminal-justice reform into the public eye.
At the library event, Buting will discuss his 2017 book, Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System, which uses the Avery case to illustrate flaws in the criminal justice system. He will provide insight into the problematic forensic science used in many cases, false confessions and eyewitness testimonies, and the terrifying reality of biased interrogations.
“We can all say we will never commit a crime, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be accused,” says Buting, who now uses his fame as a platform to educate the public on the justice system. “If that happens, you’ll understand the importance of the presumption of innocence.”
Illusion of Justice: An Evening with Author Jerome F. Buting takes place at the Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd., on Friday, September 13 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Event proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library, which raises money to support important library programs like this one.
*Book sales will not take place at this event.*
Library After Hour tickets start at $15. , and to purchase your tickets visit ocls.info/libraryafterhours.