Westchester attorney says verdict is on horizon in Sex Lies and Baci Trial of Amanda Knox.

What do the Washington Redskins and American student Amanda Knox have in common? They are the Top 3 posts of Lady Litigator in the eight months since I have launched this blog. If you are reading this, you are already one of those rabid Foxy Knoxy fans looking for any last drop of news or gossip coming out of Perugia. If you happened upon this article any other way, then you might be wondering what all the fuss is about.

Today, the Italian murder trial of Amanda Knox goes to the jury after nearly 18 months, mostly spent in days out of court, since Italian justice grinds forward at an alarmingly slow pace. The case has it all sex, lies, drugs, murder 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?

This trial had all of the above and so much more including allegations of prosecutorial misconduct, possible defamation charges against both Knox and her parents and the big glare of the American media. When the bright lights and big cameras of American news crews come to a small northern Italian town, that alone makes headlines.

I have not reviewed all of the evidence of this case. I readily admit that, and as an attorney, I would not attempt to second-guess a jury and how they will weigh the evidence. However, if Amanda and Raffaele are religious, they may want to start praying because the cards seem stacked against them despite careless police work and a contaminated crime scene.

Murder victim Meredith Kercher, Raffaele Sollecito, Amanda Knox

Murder victim Meredith Kercher, Raffaele Sollecito, Amanda Knox

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Knox claims she went home and saw Kercher’s door closed and figured she was sleeping. I guess the blood droplets in the bathroom seemed normal to her.
  • Knox 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! (By the way, he claims their relationship was too new and he was not Amanda’s puppet)
  • 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.
  • Sollecito’s DNA was found on a clasp from Kercher’s bra. Defense attorneys argue it was contaminated and not found for more than a month. However, one has to wonder why such a small amount of his DNA was anywhere near her undergarments if his relationship with Knox was “new” and he wasn’t sexually involved in this scene.
  • bloody footprints outside the victim’s door point to Knox and Sollecito

    On the other side, there’s the defense’s version of the evidence:

  • Defense experts say the knife offered up as the murder weapon did not make the cuts to the victim’s body and that there was none of her blood on the knife.
  • Sollecito proclaimed in court that he did not kill Kercher and hoped the real killer would come forward. Well, Rudy Guede has already been convicted in a separate trial but he’s appealing because he too says he’s innocent.

    Whatever the outcome, it will be a sad day in Perugia where four young lives have been forever altered and not for the better.