Anorak | Amanda Knox Will Flee To The US And Make The Black Man Pay: News Round Up

Amanda Knox Will Flee To The US And Make The Black Man Pay: News Round Up

by | 30th, September 2011

AMANDA Knox: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at the Meredith Kercher murder in the news:

America Or Bust

Speaking for the Kercher family, Giuliano Mignini told a Perugia courtroom during Knox’s appeal of her 26-year prison sentence that should she and her co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, Knox’s boyfriend at the time of the murder, be acquitted, there was “the risk of their flight abroad which would be impossible to remedy.” He accused Knox and Sollecito, 27, who also has been convicted and sentenced to 25 years in prison for the crime, of forming a trio with Rudy Guede, an immigrant casual laborer from the Ivory Coast now serving a 16-year sentence for the murder.

“They want us to believe that Rudy Guede, 21, is the only guilty one, but we don’t believe in fairy tales,” Mignini told the court. “This is a trio … two young people from good families and that poor unfortunate, abandoned by his father … who has to pay for all of them.” – LA Times

The Victim

The barman Amanda Knox falsely accused of murdering British student Meredith Kercher suffers nightmares as a result of her slander, his lawyer has said. American Knox, 24, is appealing against her conviction for the killing, which prosecutors claimed was the violent finale to a bungled sex game.

In his closing arguments, Carlo Pacelli blamed Knox’s false accusation for the recurring bad dreams his client Diya “Patrick” Lumumba keeps having. Knox pointed the finger at Mr Lumumba during a lengthy interrogation by police following the murder in Perugia, Italy. She later said she had made this statement only because of the pressure police were putting her under. In 2009 she was jailed for 26 years for the stabbing, in which she maintains she took no part. But referring to comments attributed to her after the discovery of Miss Kercher’s body, Mr Pacelli asked the court: “How could she have known that Meredith suffered a terrible agony?” In another attempt to erase any sympathy the judges and jury may have for Knox, the Kercher family’s lawyer contrasted her situation with that of his clients.

While the Kerchers are struggling to book a flight to Italy for the verdict, Knox has a private jet waiting to take her away, Francesco Maresca claimed. Miss Kercher’s mother, Arline, had also suffered ill health, he said. – PA

The Defence

• Defense lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova described Knox as an innocent girl who’s been “crucified” in the media and was wrongly convicted of killing her roommate. He urged the court not to be afraid to correct a mistake.
• Dalla Vedova said the conviction has “swept away her life,” adding that Knox had been hit by “a tsunami, a tornado.” King 5

The American Experts

Retired FBI agent Steve Moore has kept close tabs on the investigation into the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher from the very beginning. He’s done his own probing, and has followed the court cases closely.
Initially, Moore thought Amanda Knox was guilty, but when he began digging into the evidence, he changed his mind.

“My initial belief that she was guilty was simply my confidence in fellow officers around the world,” he tells “The Early Show.” “If they said she was guilty and if they said they had the knife and if they said she bought bleach, then obviously, the evidence was there.”

“When I looked at the evidence, when I saw the crime scene and realized no bleach had ever been used to clean that crime scene, when I saw that the knife was too big to have inflicted the wounds they say it inflicted, and then I knew that the prosecutor was still saying these things when he had to know they were false, I knew there was something seriously wrong with this case.”

Upon gaining access to the evidence, Moore says he thought Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, should have been eliminated as suspects from the beginning of the investigation by the prosecutor.
Moore says, “They should have been eliminated on day one, but on day five, before the physical evidence came back, the prosecutor had already decided, ‘These must be the people, because I know these things intuitively.’ That would be like you walking into a doctor with a pain in your chest and him saying, ‘I need no tests, I know that you have indigestion.’ You would want more investigation than that. And so, what he did is he arrested them. The tests came back and it was completely opposite what he thought, but he wouldn’t back down. That’s why we’re here four years later.” CBS

The Parents’ Media Drive

To use the theory of the prosecution; four people inside a very small room, one person fighting for their life, three people, I’m sure their adrenaline is running, and for Amanda and Raffaele to leave nothing in that room,” Amanda’s father, Curt Knox told Matt Lauer in an interview with the Today show on Friday.

“No hair, no blood, no saliva, nothing, no fingerprints, anything. It’s physically impossible to take place. And to me, that is just pure common sense.”

“It’s actually going to be very painful to listen to,” Curt said. “She’s literally fighting for her life.

“Amanda really hasn’t showed a lot of emotion to them. She’s been fairly stoic herself. Especially when… assaulting her character, she winced at things being said about her that are just so untrue.”

It was evident in the interview that Amanda’s mother, Edda Mellas, feels great sympathy for her daughter and hopes that by making a statement in court, it will help to vindicate her.

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