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The Florence Appeal Trial 2013-14
October 11, 2013: Good news for Amanda Knox: Victim’s DNA not found on knife
Breaking News. Police experts found Amanda Knox’s DNA, not the victim’s, on the alleged murder weapon, a butcher knife supposedly used to slash Knox’s roommate Meredith Kercher to death in 2007. Continue reading →
October 4, 2013: Amanda Knox retrial: mafia gangster claims brother was killer
The new trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of the British student Meredith Kercher took a surreal turn on Friday when a convicted mafia gangster told a court that her brother was responsible for the death in 2007. Lucia Aviello, who first made her claims in court in 2011, said: "I totally confirm the accusations against my brother Antonio, who is guilty. It wasn't Amanda or Raffaele. I am proud that two innocent kids have left prison."
September 30, 2013: Amanda Knox: New test on knife good or bad?
Amanda Knox’s fate may turn on a DNA speck found on a plain old kitchen knife. Continue reading →
September 30, 2013: Amanda Knox Update: Will a tiny piece of untested evidence on a butcher knife decide new trial outcome?
(CBS) - The second appeal trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito gets underway today in Florence, Italy. The American student and her former Italian boyfriend find they are once again defending themselves against the charge that they murdered Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy in November 2007. Continue reading →
September 30, 2013: Amanda Knox retrial over killing of Meredith Kercher begins in Italy
Florence, Italy (CNN) -- The latest chapter in Amanda Knox's long legal battle began Monday in Florence, Italy, with a retrial over the 2007 killing of her British roommate Meredith Kercher. Continue reading →
The appeal trial began on September 30, 2013, in Florence Italy. In the first hearing, Lead Judge Alessandro Nencini. had the job of deciding what evidence would be reviewed by the court. Nencini agreed to the prosecution's request to conduct further DNA testing on the alleged murder weapon and also granted their request to again hear testimony from Luciano Aviello, a convicted child killer that has accused his brother of the murder of Meredith Kercher. Nencini denied a defense request to test a possible semen stain on a pillow found under the victim's body.
The Italian Supreme Court ruled that the appeals court did not look at the totality of the evidence when making their ruling. The case was essentially sent back to the the appeals level to look at the details that were possibly overlooked. The evidence heard on appeal in Judge Hellmann's court, resulting in the release of Amanda and Raffaele in 2011, remains relevant in Florence. It is important to note that the analysis of Stefano Conti & Carla Vecchiotti (court appointed experts) still stands until proven false. Judge Nencini appeared to give them a vote of confidence during the first hearing, stating: "There's no reason to consider the independent experts unreliable."
Luciano Aviello provided nothing useful to the appeal. He is not credible and provided nothing to benefit either side. The DNA testing on the knife was a win for the defense. The test of trace 36i produced a negative result for the victim, Meredith Kercher. Trace 36i tested positive for Amanda Knox. Amanda's DNA has already been confirmed on the knife so this is nothing new. Amanda used the knife for cooking. The new test confirms that the knife was never cleaned, and never contained the DNA of the victim.
Prosecution expert Patrizia Stefanoni testified during the first trial that she found Meredith Kercher's DNA on the blade. Her work was discredited on appeal by court appointed independent DNA experts, Stefano Conti & Carla Vecchiotti.
Stefanoni's work was further discredited in Florence when Judge Nencini asked what minimum testing is for validation of DNA. RIS responded "at least two." There was only one test done by Stefanoni. It is clear that there was never any DNA from Meredith Kercher on the knife. It has now been confirmed once again that the knife is not the murder weapon.
The evidentiary portion of the trial has ended. Both sides will now be given the opportunity to address the jury, followed by closing arguments, and deliberations.
On January 30, 2014, the appeals court in Florence reinstated the guilty verdicts for Amanda and Raffaele. The court released a motivation document on April 29, 2014, explaining the decision. Amanda and Raffaele have now appealed the guilty verdicts to the Italian Supreme Court.
January 20, 2014: DEFENSE PERFECTLY DEMONSTRATES THE INNOCENCE OF AMANDA KNOX AND RAFFAELE SOLLECITO
PROSECUTOR DOESN’T COPE: “STOP SOLLECITO BEFORE HE LEAVES”
The compliments, the diplomacy, the courtesy toward the accusers… It has all been useless. The fair-play policy ended up in the worst possible way. This evening the discussion looked like one of those duels in which the exhausted sabreurs forgot all their art, drawing dirty blows, and pushing and kicking, too.
January 14, 2014: AMANDA KNOX AND RAFFAELE SOLLECITO: THE WHOLE WORLD IS WITH THEM. AND THE JUDGES?
Writers, readers, scientists, lawyers, judges, experts… the whole world by now understands that against Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito there’s nothing, and loves to supports the end of a miscarriage of justice. But what about that part of the world that is important, the judges who will have to say guilty or innocent?
January 9, 2014: AMANDA KNOX & RAFFAELE SOLLECITO APPEAL: BONGIORNO, AN ATTACK TOO POLITE
January 9, 2014: Defense: Amanda Knox, boyfriend were scapegoats
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — The defense lawyer for the former boyfriend of U.S. exchange student Amanda Knox told an appeals court Thursday that the young lovers were blamed by authorities for the murder of a British student to calm fears that a monster was loose in their Italian university town. Continue reading →
January 9, 2014: Musings On A Show Trial
We expect a verdict this month in the court-ordered proceeding in the Kercher murder appeal in Italy.
January 8, 2014: AMANDA KNOX AND RAFFAELE SOLLECITO: WHEN THE MEDIA STARTED SUPPORTING THEM
Florence trial: tomorrow January 9 closing arguments for Sollecito’s lawyers Giulia Bongiorno and Luca Maori. January 16 rebuttals. Verdict expected for January 20. Why do people accuse the accused, and don’t even want to hear it when there are reasons of innocence? There is already The State, the strongest power on earth, to do it! A whole prosecution office, a ... Continue reading →
December 20, 2013: AMANDA KNOX AND HER LAWYERS DEMOLISH THE ACCUSATIONS, PART 2
Carlo Dalla Vedova was simply impressive, trying first of all to clean up the trial from all useless arguments brought by the prosecutors, as we are hearing them these days and we have always heard before (“They brought even a cartoon!” he reminded); or urging the court “to stay on what is technical and essential, to stop this ‘War of the Roses,’ where the private prosecutors are only trying to discredit the defendants or even two scientists like Conti and Vecchiotti, who dared to think some tests were wrong … We instead have nothing to say on Stefanoni. She’s a very capable biologist. But that knife is not the murder weapon, not because Meredith’s DNA is not on it, but because it’s impossible, it’s illogical.” Continue reading →
December 17, 2013: AMANDA KNOX AND HER LAWYERS DEMOLISH ALL ACCUSATIONS
She had always explained, since November 6, 2007, that she had nothing to do with the crime, but they wouldn’t believe her. Continue reading →
December 17, 2013: Knox in email: ‘I didn’t kill Meredith’
FLORENCE, Italy — Amanda Knox declared her innocence in her roommate’s 2007 murder in a highly unusual email Tuesday to the Italian court hearing the case against her. The former U.S. exchange student also said she was staying away from the trial out of fear of being wrongly convicted. Continue reading →
December 16, 2013: AMANDA KNOX & RAFFAELE SOLLECITO TRIAL: THE PROSECUTION CLOSES WITH NO PLAUSIBLE MOTIVE
Frank Sfarzo in Florence, December 16, 2013
Damn it, it looks like quite an investment, the one made by the Kercher family. They have a third seasoned attorney now, who today baldly exulted at the perfection of Knox and Sollecito’s previous convictions, and urged the jury to ice the cake by allowing one more. Continue reading →
November 28, 2013: The War Against Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito And Anyone That Defends Them
By Frank Sfarzo, Florence: Why They Have to Be Convicted at All Cost
As we remember, when Amanda Knox explained in court why she signed the statements against Patrick Lumumba, she accused the cops of having extorted them from her with violence. Continue reading →
November 27, 2013: The Prosecution Tries: “Give 30 Years to Amanda Knox”
By Frank Sfarzo, Florence: Extremely Weak Arguments Brought Against Knox and Sollecito
November 26, 2013: Convicting Amanda And Raffaele With No Proof? For The Prosecutor: Yes You Can!
By Frank Sfarzo, Florence: It’s a very simple case for prosecutor Horsehair. Can you convict someone with no proof? Sure! You just have to sum up all circumstantial evidence. But is there circumstantial evidence? Sure, plenty of it! Continue reading →
November 7, 2013: Justice, but not as we know it: Meredith Kercher retrial marches on without Amanda Knox
It’s Hamlet without the Prince. And the fact that the re-trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of English exchange student Meredith Kercher is taking place in the absence of Ms Knox – it began in earnest yesterday – paradoxically makes it more likely that justice will be done. Continue reading →
November 6, 2013: Raffaele Sollecito: “Those Illusions The Built Against Us”
By Frank Sfarzo, Florence: “One moment… and my life was overwhelmed,” an intense Raffaele Sollecito vented in court today. It was interesting studying this case and, within the case, the DNA issue, but that was in 2008.
October 22, 2013: Injustice Anywhere Radio: The Amanda Knox Case: An Italian Perspective
This week’s guest was Luca Cheli from Turin, Italy. Luca discussed his view of the case from his perspective as an Italian citizen. The topics included: the Italian Supreme Court’s ruling to send the case back to the appellate level, aspects of Italian law pertinent to this case, the current legal status of Amanda and Raffaele in Italy, and the current appeal trial taking place in Florence Italy.
January 31, 2014: Knox and Sollecito case delivers harsh verdict on Italian justice
The Italian justice system has pulled off an astonishing and unenviable feat: finding Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito guilty of murder – for the second time – without a shred of evidence to substantiate the verdict.
January 31, 2014: Why Amanda Knox Is Completely Innocent And The Italian Justice System Is Utterly Insane
Most people know that Amanda Knox — "Foxy Knoxy" — is the pretty American student who was arrested and found guilty of the stabbing death of her British roommate in Italy, during a "sex game" gone wrong, when the pair were on study-abroad programs several years ago. Unfortunately, a far smaller number of people know that Knox was probably completely innocent of the crime; that another man was successfully convicted of the murder; and that NONE of the evidence — blood, DNA, or witnesses — ever really pointed to Knox. Continue reading →
January 30, 2014: DOUBLE JEOPARDY FINDS AMANDA KNOX AND RAFFAELE SOLLECITO GUILTY
Defense Lawyers Confident that Supreme Court Will Cancel the Ruling After their Appeal Continue reading →
January 30, 2014: CNN - Amanda Knox found guilty of murder again by Italian court
Florence, Italy (CNN) -- An Italian appeals court convicted former exchange student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito on murder charges Thursday night. Continue reading →
January 30, 2014: CBS - AMANDA KNOX FOUND GUILTY ANEW OF MURDERING MEREDITH KERCHER
FLORENCE, Italy - An appeals court in Florence convicted Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Thursday of murder for the second time in the 2007 death of Knox’s British roommate in the Italian university town of Perugia. Knox was sentenced to 28 years and six months in prison. Raffaele Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years. Continue reading →