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.
Here are some of the highlights:
On the other side, there’s the defense’s version of the evidence:
Whatever the outcome, it will be a sad day in Perugia where four young lives have been forever altered and not for the better.