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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 →
December 16, 2013: The Tragedy of Meredith Kercher
The worst fate that can befall anyone is to be violently and senselessly murdered. This was what happened to Meredith Kercher, the English student from Croydon who was studying in Perugia, Italy and had the misfortune to return home and disturb burglar Rudy Guede. Her body was discovered on November 2nd 2007 after fellow student and house mate Amanda Knox had raised the alarm. Continue reading →
December 14, 2013: MEREDITH, AMANDA AND RAFFAELE: SAFETY NET FAIL
First World countries enjoy a measure of security that Third Worlds do not–laws, bylaws, statutes, and treaties protect us. We have a host of officials to enact those laws or raise awareness when someone is illegally tinkering with them. 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: Amanda Knox Appeals Slander Case to European Court
Lawyers for Amanda Knox filed an appeal of her slander conviction in Italy with the European Court of Human Rights, as her third murder trial was underway in Florence. Continue reading →
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.
November 3, 2013: Experts Brief Congress on the Ongoing Case of Amanda Knox
(Washington, D.C.) – This past Thursday, October 31, 2013, a panel of experts gave a briefing before the US Congress about the case of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. Knox, an American citizen, and Sollecito, had been charged in 2007 with the murder of Knox’s British flatmate, Meredith Kercher, in Perugia, Italy. The case made headlines around the world with many important commentators calling into question the fairness of the proceedings against the two. An Italian Supreme Court ruling in March overturned Knox’s 2011 acquittal, raising the possibility of extradition and renewing US Government interest in the case. Continue reading →
November 1, 2013: Anti-Amanda Knox Blogger Edward McCall Turns Down Offer To Defend His Deceptive Website On Live Radio Program
Injustice Anywhere, an organization I co-founded, recently published an open letter that I wrote to Edward McCall, inviting the blogger to be a guest on a live broadcast of the Injustice Anywhere radio program to discuss the Meredith Kercher case. McCall is the creator of themurderofmeredithkercher.com, a deceptive website that falsely presents itself as a non-biased resource for the Meredith Kercher murder case. Continue reading →
October 23, 2013: Amanda Knox Update: Could an abuse of power investigation into several Italian detectives impact the latest Knox trial?
(CBS) - An obscure child custody case in Perugia, Italy has revealed what prosecutors allege was a rogue group of four detectives in the town's elite homicide squad. Continue reading →
October 22, 2013: Amanda Knox: 'This is where I feel safe'
It was six years ago that Amanda Knox left the University of Washington and her hometown of Seattle for a year abroad in Perugia, a walled medieval town tucked into the hills of Umbria, a hundred miles north of Rome, Italy.
October 22, 2013: 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. Listen to the show→
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 →
September 25, 2013: EXPERTS WILL PROVIDE UPDATE AND BRIEFING TO CONGRESS OF
AMANDA KNOX AND RAFFAELE SOLLECITO CASE
(Seattle, WA)– September 25, 2013. A panel of experts will address congressional members and staff on the third trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito during “Update and Briefing on the Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito Case,” a congressional briefing hosted by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA9) at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 203, on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The trial is scheduled to begin on September 30, 2013 in Florence, Italy. Continue reading (PDF) →
"I was imprisoned as an innocent person, it's common sense not to go back"
August 22, 2013: Critical commentary on the ruling of the Supreme Court on the Knox-Sollecito trial
This article is intended to provide a critical analysis of the ruling of the Italian Supreme Court 26455/13 dated March 25, 2013 (announced the next day with publication of the motivation report on June 18, 2013 ) which annulled the acquittal of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito of the murder of Meredith Kercher directing a new trial, at the same time confirming the three-year sentence imposed at second instance on Knox for calumny against Diya Patrick Lumumba. Continue reading →
August 12, 2013: Stolen Dreams: An Interview with Vanessa Sollecito
Six years ago, Vanessa Sollecito was not expecting any dramatic changes in her life. As a young Italian woman living independently in Rome, she loved her work as a lieutenant in the carabinieri, Italy’s national military police force. Vanessa had earned the competitive position as an extension of her previous military service, initially as one of the first women to join the Italian Air Force, and then as an officer in the national navy. Highly educated, experienced and accomplished, Vanessa looked forward to continued gradual success in her career and her life.
August 10, 2013: Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito and the forgotten murderer
The real forgotten man of the Meredith Kercher murder case is Rudy Guede – the lone killer who has been allowed to get away with a reduced sentence and is likely to be out on parole within a year. There is no doubt that he was the murderer. His DNA and fingerprints were found in Meredith’s room, on her clothes and possessions and on her body. His shoe print was left in her blood. After the murder he fled to Germany where he was captured later.
July 9, 2013: Amanda Knox retrial to start Sept. 30
ROME - A Florence appeals court has set Sept. 30 as the start date for the retrial of American student Amanda Knox in the 2007 death of her British roommate. Continue reading →
July 8, 2013: The Amanda Knox Case: The Italian Supreme Court Faces Renewed International Scrutiny
Last week the Italian Supreme Court released a 74 page document outlining its reasons for overturning the appellate acquittal of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the 2007 murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher. The decision reinstates their original 2009 conviction and orders a new appellate level review to be held in Florence. For now, the two remain free. Continue reading →
June 29, 2013: Amanda Knox journalist Andrea Vogt threatens legal action to silence her critics
Journalist Andrea Vogt is not a fan of my work. In fact she has repeatedly tried to have my articles removed from the internet. Vogt’s determination to silence a citizen journalist leaves me to wonder what she’s afraid of. Vogt makes little attempt to disprove the claims in my articles; instead it appears she would just like me to go away. Continue reading →
June 28, 2013: Judge that acquitted Amanda Knox claims Italian Supreme Court violated the law when ruling on case
Appeals court Judge Claudio Pratillo Hellmann, is speaking out once again about the Italian Supreme Court’s decision to overturn his ruling in 2011 that declared Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito innocent for the murder of Meredith Kercher in 2007. Continue reading →
June 25, 2013: The Smear Campaign
Meredith Kercher’s murder was very easy to solve; she was killed in Perugia, Italy, during a violent home invasion on All Saint’s Day in 2007. It was the Smear Campaign mounted against her innocent roommate, Amanda Knox, which made her case “complicated.” Continue reading →
June 18, 2013: Italy top court faults Amanda Knox acquittal, cites "erotic game" hypothesis
ROME Italy's high court on Tuesday faulted the appeals court that acquitted American student Amanda Knox of murdering her roommate, saying its ruling was full of "deficiencies, contradictions and illogical" conclusions and ordering the new appeals court to look at all the evidence to determine whether Knox helped kill the teen. Continue reading →
June 18, 2013: Amanda Knox Court Cites Abandoned Theory of Sex Game Gone Wrong
The Italian Supreme Court handling Amanda Knox's murder case released its reasoning today and cited prosecutors' early theory that her roommate Meredith Kercher died in an "erotic game" that got out of hand, a motive that the prosecution abandoned during the initial trial. Continue reading →
June 18, 2013: Amanda Knox reporter Andrea Vogt continues to go to bat for prosecutor Giuliano Mignini
In 2011, I wrote an article entitled: “Amanda Knox and the Architects of the Foxy Knoxy Myth,” that discussed a trio of journalists: Nick Pisa, Barbie Nadeau and Andrea Vogt. All three have often reported in favor of Giuliano Mignini, the prosecutor that secured the wrongful convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in 2009, for the murder of Meredith Kercher in November 2007. Continue reading →
May 20, 2013: Amanda Knox: Stop Making Sense
It is human nature to try to make sense of nonsense. In this day and age, every time we hear of another bizarre crime, our minds go to work trying to figure out how such things happen. How could a family man imprison three women for ten years in the middle of Cleveland, Ohio? We try to find the reasons. We engae in counterfactual thinking, consoling ourselves that the unforeseeable was foreseeable. If only the girls had not climbed into the kidnapper’s truck… If only the kidnapper’s friends had been more suspicious… If only the police had acted on the previous 911 calls… We don’t know that the horror could have been prevented, but we wish. Continue reading →
May 12, 2013: Amanda Knox: Prosecutor sues over her book
Amanda Knox’s litigious prosecutor Giuliano Mignini plans to sue over her hot-selling prison memoir, Waiting to be Heard, even though he hasn’t read it yet. Continue reading →
May 12, 2013: Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito, Wikipedia and Gaming the System
A simple, tragic murder is made complicated. When British student Meredith Kercher was murdered in Perugia, Italy in 2007, the local police and prosecutor swiftly arrested three people and declared, ‘case closed’. Two weeks later, local small time crook Rudy Guede was also arrested. Continue reading →
May 11, 2013: Why the Amanda Knox Case Became a Perfect Storm
Amanda Knox has published her book, Waiting to Be Heard, and is engaged in a series of media interviews. Pundits on both sides have been weighing in and the internet debate about the case rages on. Exactly what is it about this case which makes it so interesting and controversial? Continue reading →
May 10, 2012: A (semi) literary review of “Waiting to Be Heard” by Amanda Knox
Why “semi”, why not just literary? Because unfortunately this is a book narrating a sad reality and not a fictional tale, and because the reality exacted its toll, even on literature and not just on people’s lives. Continue reading →
May 9, 2013: Amanda Knox: Still Being Victimized
Earlier this week, Chris Cuomo interviewed Amanda Knox for a CNN hour-long special. It is indicative of the feeding frenzy in today’s mass media that this highly promoted interview was run a half-hour late so that Anderson Cooper could report the latest lack of news about the salacious case du jour, the forced confinement for a decade of three women in a Cleveland house, allegedly by a 52-year-old monster named Ariel Castro. The fact that there were no breaking developments seemed to matter little. Continue reading →
May 7, 2013: Amanda Knox: By the Book
The author of “Waiting to Be Heard” says that reading Marilynne Robinson’s “Housekeeping” in prison helped, because it explores themes of loneliness and alienation. Continue reading →
May 2, 2013: Amanda Knox looks ahead to kids, a happy trip to Italy
With her memoirs published this week, the 25-year-old looks forward to returning to Italy -- but as a tourist, not a defendant. Continue reading →
September 14, 2013: Amanda Knox: Trial hell left me broke and broken
I’m not going back to Italy for this new trial because my presence has always been a distraction in the courtroom. Every single movement I made, every gesture, every facial expression was the focus of scrutiny and distracted from the presentation and analysis of evidence. Continue reading →
September 19, 2013: View-from-Wilmington: The Italian supreme court’s dangerously erroneous views on forensic DNA contamination by Chris Halkides
The Italian Court of Cassation, the supreme court of Italy, released a report giving its reasons for overturning Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito's successful 2011 appeal and sending the case for another trial in Florence beginning at the end of September. Continue reading →
September 19, 2013: DNA and the law in Italy: the experience of “the Perugia case” by Carla Vecchiotti* and Silvia Zoppis
Today DNA analyses represent a method of exceptional importance for the resolution of judicial cases. On the one hand, they allow courts to secure criminal convictions, while on the other hand they can help exonerate innocent suspects. Unfortunately, DNA analyses are often considered an unbeatable and infallible method to discover the truth, with the consequence that judges feel forced either to “bow to science” or to totally refuse the genetic evidence when it is considered too complex. Continue reading →
September 20, 2013: Amanda Knox on retrial: 'Everything is at stake'
NEW YORK (AP) — American student Amanda Knox on Friday defended her decision not to return to Italy for a new appeals trial over the 2007 killing of her British roommate, even as she acknowledged that "everything is at stake," insisting she is innocent. Continue reading →