Westchester attorney doesn’t understand American fascination with the sex, lies and baci trial of Amanda Knox

Ok, I must admit, the journalist in me craves headlines; it comes from years of network experience. I know that if this weekend’s post is about Foxy Knoxy that I will draw readers. Afterall, that’s what brought you to this site, right? The Italian murder trial of Amanda Knox has it all sex, lies, drugs and baci. Miss Knox, known as “Foxy Knoxy” on her Facebook page, and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, are accused of murdering Meredith Kercher, after she refused to participate in a drug-fueled sex game. Yet, if this was an American student on trial in Seattle for the murder of her roommate, we all know it would not play out in headlines around the globe. So, why do we care?

Again, the trial met for one day to hear gruesome crime scene evidence and now won’t reconvene for nearly two weeks. It’s amazing to me that the Italian judiciary ever gets anything done in an unbiased manner. That being said, despite all of the reports of prosecutorial misconduct, I am having big doubts in the veracity of Amanda Knox’s proclaimed innocence in the murder of Meredith Kercher and look forward to her testimony.

So, let’s ignore the psycho grimaces she seems to exhibit at the most inopportune times of the proceedings. Unless we have been charged with murder and face a life sentence, we cannot imagine what is going through her head, psycho smile or not. But let’s look at her behavior over the course of the past 17 months, along with the changing stories, timelines and allegedly forced confession.

Murder victim Meredith Kercher, Raffaele Sollecito, Amanda Knox

Murder victim Meredith Kercher, Raffaele Sollecito, Amanda Knox

  • She claims she went home and saw Meredith’s door closed and figured she was sleeping. I guess the blood droplets in the bathroom seemed normal to her.
  • She then goes to her honey’s house, Raffaele Sollecito, and tells him that something’s wrong and she’s worried. Now, wouldn’t a normal person have knocked on the door and upon receiving no answer then opened it? I’m just saying!
  • Crime scene investigators say there was only one fingerprint in the whole house belonging to Amanda. Hmmmmmm. Did she live there with gloves on? My young cousins visit for only a day and I’m cleaning fingerprints off of every imaginable surface, even weeks after their visit.

    I realize the prosecutor’s case may be circumstanial but people have been convicted on less than what appears to be here. Amanda’s father, Curt Knox, told NBC Today that his daughter is anxious to testify. I wish they would televise that here in its entirety because I suspect the cross-examination will be quite revealing.

    What do you think? What do you care? I’d really love to hear about the American fascination with this case.

  • 4 thoughts on “Westchester attorney doesn’t understand American fascination with the sex, lies and baci trial of Amanda Knox

    1. Hi Lisa,

      The prosecution’s case isn’t just circumstantial. There are 13 separate pieces of forensic evidence that link Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito to the crime scene.

      Patrizia Stefanoni is quite unequivocal about the double DNA knife. She states it is Meredith’s DNA on the blade. Dr. Renato Biondo, the head of the DNA Unit of the scientific police in Rome, has provided independent confirmation that this forensic finding is accurate and reliable.

      It should be noted that the double DNA knife had been cleaned with bleach and DNA was still extracted from a microscopic groove near the tip of the blade, which means the knife must have been saturated with Meredith’s DNA.

      The other forensic evidence is just as damning:

      There are at least three instances of Amanda Knox’s blood mixed with Meredith’s blood in the bathroom at the cottage. This will be very difficult for the defence lawyers to explain away. Perhaps, Knox had a bloody earring and maybe a drop landed on a drop of Meredith’s blood, but in three different places?

      An abundant amount of Raffaele Sollecito’s DNA was found on Meredith’s bra clasp. Patrizia Stefanoni and Dr. Renato Biondo have categorically excluded the possibility of contamination. This key piece of forensic evidence won’t be considered in a vacuum, but will be placed into context. Meredith’s bra was removed quite some time after she had been killed.

      It makes no sense for Rudy Guede to have gone go back to the cottage to alter the crime scene in order to mislead investigators. Judge Paolo Micheli rightly concluded that the only person who had an interest in tampering with the crime scene, including staging the break in, was Amanda Knox.

      Incidentally, Raffaele Sollecito’s forensic expert, Professor Francesco Vinci, claimed that he had found Knox’s DNA on Meredith’s bra.

      The bloody footprints at the crime scene also implicate Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. Knox’s footprint was set in Meredith’s blood in the hallway outside Meredith’s room. Another bloody footprint in the hallway and the one on the blue bathmat in the bathroom have been attributed to Sollecito. It’s blatantly obvious that the two bloody footprints, which match Sollecito’s foot size, are not Rudy Guede’s.

      • WOW, Harry, thanks for that. I was clearly leaning more toward guilt than innocence. You’ve obviously been following in closer detail than I have and I appreciate your insight.

    2. From court this weekend:

      Both forensic witnesses were asked by the judge and defense lawyers if it was strange that only one print of Knox’s was found, and they both replied that it was not. There were many prints that could not be clearly identified because they were smudged.

      The prosecution has claimed in the past that it was strange that only one single print of Knox’s was found in the house where she lived, and it suggested that the crime scene had been cleaned up.

      The two fingerprint experts also said that no prints attributable to Knox or Sollecito were found in Kercher’s bedroom. The prints that were found there belonged to Guede, Kercher and Kercher’s boyfriend Giacomo Silenzi.

      • I understand that fingerprints can be smudged. It merely raises reasonable questions that’s all. Based on the comments left here, it seems to me that everyone in the blogosphere is convinced of their innocence and I am simply stating that there are just too many questions still unanswered. BTW – without hearing the entire testimony of any one expert, it is difficult to base an opinion on the short snippets published in the international press but thank you for your view. Either way, nothing yet explains the media and fan-base this case has drawn.

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