Does This Video Clear Amanda Knox Of Meredith Kercher’s Murder?
Independent forensic experts Stefano Conti, left, and Carla Vecchiotti claim that some of the DNA evidence used to convict the American student of killing her British roommate was unreliable and possibly contaminated.
The experts, who were appointed by the court to review the evidence and the procedures used to obtain it, maintain that the original investigation was marked by some glaring errors. They have mentioned more than 50, including the wearing of dirty gloves in collecting evidence.
The Seattle PI reports:
All of Italy paid attention this week when two court-appointed, independent experts called the DNA traces “unreliable.” Now, nothing ties the former lovers to the crime scene, where police found ample evidence of drifter Rudy Guede, convicted in a separate trial.
ABC senses professional vanity:
Prosecutor Manuela Comodi, who flanked Giuliano Mignini in the first trial, then began a protracted, systematic attempt to dismiss accusations of sloppy forensic work, and dismantle the experts’ conclusions.
First she asked each to list their qualifications and published works. They both reeled off a long list of titles and publications, while Comodi waved a lacy fan at her face and smiled. After they were done, she asked them to list their on-site forensic experience but the judge interjected, saying that even if they had lots of experience they could still make mistakes. “Exactly,” she said, smugly.
The Sun reprots:
One cop wore grubby gloves and officers put the clasp into a paper bag rather than a plastic one, which the experts said added a “significant” contamination risk. The clasp had been kept in such poor condition it had gone rusty, making further testing impossible.
A video is shown in court:
Footage of the original crime scene investigation was projected onto a large screen in the vaulted, frescoed courtroom in a medieval palazzo in Perugia’s historic centre.
Amanda Knox, right, listens to her lawyer Maria Del Grosso, at the Perugia court, Italy, Saturday, May 21, 2011. A tearful Amanda Knox said Saturday that being in prison is "very frustrating and mentally exhausting" as the American student convicted of murdering her roommate insisted she is innocent and does not want to spend the rest of her life behind bars. Knox was emotional as she briefly addressed the appeals court in Perugia at the end of the session, her voice breaking at times and her eyes tearing up. She was convicted in 2009 of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith Kercher of Britain, and sentenced to 26 years in prison. (AP Photo/Stefano Medici)