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  • Amanda Knox found guilty. Again.

    http://www.news24.com/World/News/Cou...urder-20140130

    Court finds Knox, Sollecito guilty of murder
    2014-01-30 23:20

    Florence - An appeals court in Florence on Thursday upheld the guilty verdict against US student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend for the 2007 murder of her British roommate. Knox was sentenced to 28 1/2 years in prison, raising the spectre of a long legal battle over her extradition.

    After nearly 12 hours of deliberations, the court reinstated the guilty verdict first handed down against Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in 2009. The verdict had been overturned in 2011 and the pair freed from prison, but Italy's supreme court vacated that decision and sent the case back for a third trial in Florence.

    Sollecito, whose lawyers said they would appeal the verdict, was sentenced to 25 years. Reached by telephone, Knox's father, Curt Knox, said he had no comment.

    While Sollecito was in court on Thursday morning, he didn't return for the verdict, and the 26-year-old Knox was home in Seattle awaiting the decision with, in her own words, "my heart in my throat".

    Sollecito's lawyers said they were stunned and would take their appeal to Italy's top court. "There isn't a shred of proof," said attorney Luca Maori said.

    Presiding Judge Alessando Nencini ordered the 29-year-old Sollecito's passport revoked but made no requests for Knox's movements to be limited, saying she was "justifiably abroad".

    Knox's defence team gave its last round of rebuttals earlier in the day, ending four months of arguments in Knox's and Sollecito's third trial for the 2007 murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in the Italian university town of Perugia.

    Knox's lawyer, Carlo Dalla Vedova, had told the court he was "serene" about the verdict because he believes the only conclusion from the files is "the innocence of Amanda Knox".

    "It is not possible to convict a person because it is probable that she is guilty," Dalla Vedova said. "The penal code does not foresee probability. It foresees certainty."

    Dalla Vedova evoked Dante, noting that the Florentine writer reserved the lower circle of hell for those who betrayed trust, as he asserted that police had done to Knox when they held her overnight for questioning without legal representation and without advising her that she was a suspect.

    Knox had returned to Seattle after spending four years in jail before being acquitted in 2011. In an email to this court, Knox wrote that she feared a wrongful conviction.

    She told Italian state TV in an interview earlier this month that she would wait for the verdict at her mother's house "with my heart in my throat".

    Knox's absence didn't formally hurt her case since she was freed by a court and defendants in Italy are not required to appear at their trials. However, Nencini reacted sternly to her emailed statement, noting that defendants have a right to be heard if they appear in person.

    Sollecito, on the other hand, had made frequent court appearances, always in a purple sweater, the colour of the local Florentine soccer club. He was in court again on Thursday morning, accompanied by his father and other relatives and said he would return for the verdict. But he didn't come for the verdict.

  • #2
    At least we now know that the Italian legal system is guilty of incompetence.
    The ancient shitposter returns.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by MrScruffles View Post
      At least we now know that the Italian legal system is guilty of incompetence.
      What do you mean by that? They got the murderess in the end, did they not?

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      • #4
        Everyone keep in mind that Amanda Knox is also a known and convicted false accuser.

        When the police suspected Amanda Knox of murder, she pointed her finger at an innocent man and accused him.

        In addition to being convicted for murder, she was also convicted of false accusation (Calhunnia) of an innocent man, and ordered to pay 40,000 euros in restitution.
        Last edited by Jus7tman; 02-01-2014, 05:11 AM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Jus7tman View Post
          What do you mean by that? They got the murderess in the end, did they not?

          That's what he's saying.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jus7tman View Post
            What do you mean by that? They got the murderess in the end, did they not?
            After years of dicking around and a lot of Italian taxpayer $, yes.
            The ancient shitposter returns.

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            • #7
              Thank God we have the Double Jeopardy Clause here in the USA.
              The law perverted! And the police powers of the state perverted along with it! The law, I say, not only turned from its proper purpose but made to follow an entirely contrary purpose!\" -Bastiat

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              • #8
                I dont know if she's guilty or not. I wasn't there. But this case is a mess. The police screwed it up. And the Italian justice system is a circus. However, if this was in America, I dont think there is any way you get a guilty verdict.

                But going forward, this will get appealed to the Italian supreme court. If it is affirmed there, which it appears it will be in all likelihood, then we move on to a BIG battle over extradition. Will the United States hand her back to Italy? That's the million dollar question.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cyberguy View Post
                  And the Italian justice system is a circus.
                  So is the US one, consider for example the O.J. Simpson trial for starters.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by libertpaulian View Post
                    Thank God we have the Double Jeopardy Clause here in the USA.
                    I'm not so sure. There is a lot of prattling about the re-hearing of the Amanda Knox trial being a case of "double jeopardy", but is it really? I have seen no good analysis of the matter, just a bunch of talking heads on TV spouting oversimplified sound bites.
                    Last edited by Jus7tman; 02-01-2014, 07:36 AM.

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                    • #11
                      It depends on how you'd interpret it...
                      She was convicted in the first trial. The supreme court found problems with the way it was conducted, so there was another trial which overturned the conviction. The supreme court then found problems with that trial and now the 3rd trial re-established the conviction. Some say the flip-flopping verdicts constitute double jeopardy. The Italians don't view it that way because they view this as one long-running case since no verdict has yet to be upheld. Other people say it's not that different from the US appeals process where a court finds problems with a trial and overturns it...sometimes a prisoner is even released until there is another trial where they get re-convicted. This would not be considered double jeopardy.

                      So it depends on how it's viewed.

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                      • #12
                        I view it as Knox desperately polishing her pussy pass hoping for one more lucky break.

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                        • #13
                          Well...again I dont know if she's guilty or not. But she's running a very successful PR campaign here in the US. Obviously she's trying to avoid extradition.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by cpb View Post
                            I view it as Knox desperately polishing her pussy...
                            you dirty pervert
                            "It is the greatest inequality to try to make unequal things equal." - Aristotle

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by libertpaulian View Post
                              Thank God we have the Double Jeopardy Clause here in the USA.
                              Would the double jeopardy clause work? Wasn't what they did just our equivelent of throwing out a verdict?
                              I pick fights with stupid.

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