Westchester attorney says stop the insanity over Amanda Knox trial in Italy

Basta gia!  Enough already!  It was so nice to be out of this country and not have to hear the nonsense being bantied about the blogosphere from opposing factions over the Amanda Knox murder trial.  There was nary a report in Italy over this sex, lies and baci trial and in London the vox populi has already convicted Knox and her Italian lover Raffaele Sollecito of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia two years ago.

Murder victim Meredith Kercher, Raffaele Sollecito, Amanda Knox

Murder victim Meredith Kercher, Raffaele Sollecito, Amanda Knox

Now there’s word that cyber-bullies are harrassing people who state their opinion on the matter.   It seems the people of Seattle (Knox’s hometown) cannot rest easy as these factions divide the city.  This is crazy.  First of all, it’s a murder trial just like any other.  Second of all, this is America where free speech is a given right.

Italian justice moves at a snail’s pace and this case won’t be turned over to the jury until sometime this fall.  I don’t know about you but I have had enough.   This is it, Lady Litigator will not post another story on this case until there’s a verdict.

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.

  • Westchester attorney raises questions about Amanda Knox murder trial in Italy

    The prolonged Italian murder trial of American student Amanda Knox is raising more questions than answers. How is a murder trial only held on weekends? How does a jury hear autopsy testimony and other forensic evidence and then get time off for two weeks? How is there supposed to be any continuity in thought or determination on the charges? It makes no sense because it’s happening in Italy.

    Sex, lies and baci

    Sex, lies and baci

    American student Amanda Knox, whom I’ve posted about previously, is on trial for murder with her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, each accused of killing her roommate, Meredith Kercher, in Perugia two years ago. Last night, CBS’s 48 Hours ran a story, raising issues of investigator and prosecutorial misconduct. Again, I don’t have enough evidence to make a determination and you will often find such charges bantied about when Americans are charged with any crime abroad. Yet, it does make you stop and think twice, especially when the prosecutor, Giuliano Mignini, has been previously reprimanded in another murder trial.

    A third man, Rudy Hermann Guede of the Ivory Coast, has already been convicted of the killing but he has failed to testify for the prosecution. According to SeattlePI.com, Guede felt that if the prosecutor called him a liar once, then why should he cooperate now. Guede’s lawyer claims his real story will come out on appeal. Now, how long should that take? If a trial can last this long, just imagine how long the appeal will take.

    In this country we have a constitutional right to a speedy trial and when a jury is seated they are not supposed to be exposed to media coverage or discuss the matter outside the courtroom. Further, once the jury is charged in a murder case, they are sequestered to keep them focused and away from outside influences in making their decision of guilt or innocence. How can that possibly happen in Italy? How can the jury who is now home for a two-week Easter break not discuss the matter at the Easter dinner table?

    I still have not heard enough facts to determine Knox and Sollecito’s guilt or innocence but I do know that the jury who has heard the facts so far cannot possibly make an unbiased determination in that environment. I may be an Italian-American but I am so glad that I practice law in the United States.