It’s part of the comedian’s take on anger toward police in “The Age of Spin” special.
Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey are serving life sentences for the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County. Both men, emboldened by the Netflix series “Making A Murderer”, are fighting to get new trials.
“Making A Murderer” presented the defense theory that Avery was framed for the murder, and Dassey’s confession was unconstitutionally obtained.
Here’s what Chappelle said about the case:
“Steven Avery is in more trouble than any white person in the history of the United States has ever been in. In a justice system designed for him to thrive, he’s failed miserably, twice.”
“He had $200,000 for his legal defense. That should get you off in Wisconsin. That’s like OJ money.”
“All he needed to get off that he didn’t have, was a single black juror. That’s all it would have took. Because only a black dude in the United States can look at 11 other dudes, and be like, ‘I think the police did this [expletive.]'”
Prior to Halbach’s murder, Avery spent 18 years in prison for a rape he did not commit, and successfully sued Manitowoc County for $36 million. The defense argued investigators planted evidence in the Halbach investigation as revenge against Avery for obtaining the civil judgment.
Avery, with the help of attorney Kathleen Zellner, is appealing his conviction.
Last year, a federal judge overturned Brendan Dassey’s conviction. Judge William Duffin ruled that Dassey’s confession to the Halbach murder was improperly obtained, citing Dassey’s age and IQ.
The state appealed that ruling. A federal appeals court has heard arguments from both sides and a decision is expected in the coming months.