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Amanda Knox granted review of Kercher forensic evidence
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Posted on 12/18/2010 8:55:08 AM PST by darkside321

Amanda Knox has been granted a review of the forensic evidence used to convict her of the murder of student Meredith Kercher.

The 23-year-old American is trying to overturn her conviction after being jailed last year for 26 years for the killing in Perugia, Italy, in 2007.

Miss Kercher, 21, from Coulsdon, south London, was found with her throat cut.

A review would include the disputed DNA evidence found on a knife and on the clasp of Miss Kercher's bra.

Knox's former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was jailed for 25 years for the murder. He is appealing together with Knox.

The original trial heard the pair had cornered Miss Kercher after starting a sex game with Ivorian drug dealer Rudy Guede, who was jailed for 30 years for the killing, although that was reduced to 16 years on appeal.

The Leeds University student's semi-naked body was found partially covered by a duvet in her bedroom in the house she shared with Knox in Perugia.

Knox's defence team maintains the DNA evidence in the case was inconclusive and argued it may have been contaminated.

It particularly focuses on disputed traces of DNA found on the knife the prosecution said was used in the murder, and on the clasp of Miss Kercher's bra.

Knox's parents, from Seattle, have said they are hopeful their daughter will be released once judges in Italy have re-examined the evidence.

However, if her conviction is upheld, her sentence could be increased.

A decision is not expected until some time next year.

As in the original trial, the verdict will be decided by the judge, a fellow magistrate and six jurors.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: foxyknoxy

1 posted on 12/18/2010 8:55:11 AM PST by darkside321
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To: darkside321

Sad. But just because she’s young and pretty doesn’t mean she didn’t do it. Her boyfriend was major-creepy and I believe drugs were involved(?). Anyway, what a mess...


2 posted on 12/18/2010 9:07:11 AM PST by floridavoter2
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It would be nice to hear that she was wrongly convicted by an over zealous legal system.


3 posted on 12/18/2010 9:31:52 AM PST by catbertz
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To: darkside321
She is not guilty - stupid as hell but not guilty,

This ruling will be her door to freedom.

4 posted on 12/18/2010 9:40:06 AM PST by corkoman
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To: floridavoter2
From what I've read about this case, it never (ever) would have made it to trial in the USA, so shakey (and really, totally lacking) is the evidence against Knox and the ex-BF. The Italians got transfixed at a pretty American college girl, which, in the Bush-era, they were convinced was EVIL.

It says a lot of things (all bad) about European justice that
A) Knox and Sollecito were ever charged (let alone convicted) and
B) The real murderer is only going to spend 16 years in jail...

5 posted on 12/18/2010 11:49:59 AM PST by AnalogReigns
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To: AnalogReigns

Baffling indeed - but be it know there is no ‘European justice’ - we have very different systems. At least we do for now.

May the truth win out (whatever it is).


6 posted on 12/18/2010 12:50:47 PM PST by vimto (To do the right thing you don't have to be intelligent - you have to be brave (Sasz))
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To: floridavoter2

Yeah she had a couple of bogus alibis and then tried to blame an innocent man. She is one cold murderer


7 posted on 12/18/2010 12:57:06 PM PST by Krankor (When I was younger, so much younger than today, I never needed anybody's help in any way.)
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To: Krankor

Yep. The most bizarre thing is that she and Sollicito couldn’t keep straight where they were and what they were doing at the time this happened. At least one of them told two different stories and it didn’t match up with the other, as I recall.

So why would they tell 2 or 3 versions of what they were doing?


8 posted on 12/18/2010 1:38:45 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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I believe this young lady is a borderline (or even full blown) psychopath or sociopath. These people always think they’re a lot smarter and sharper than everyone else. I bet she thought she could tell the “stupid Italian police” any kind of story and they’d believe the beautiful, clever Foxy Knoxy. The trouble with psychopaths, while they usually are above average in intelligence, they also have an inflated ego and underestimate other people. When the “stupid Italians” didn’t turn out to be so stupid, she realized things weren’t going to be so easy. She’s now come up with a new strategy, the demure, caring, horribly wronged (Foxy) Knoxy.


9 posted on 12/18/2010 1:48:42 PM PST by Krankor (When I was younger, so much younger than today, I never needed anybody's help in any way.)
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To: Krankor

Wonder what did the guy from the Ivory Coast(?) say those two were doing? Since he capitulated, it would seem like his tale might be more believable then what Knox and Sollicito spun.


10 posted on 12/18/2010 1:54:09 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Krankor

What exactly is your evidence against Knox?

Differing stories are typical in traumatic experiences...but from what I heard there was no forensic evidence tying Knox to the scene, except for one thing, which showed uncertain provenance and very possible tampering.

Again, this case would of NEVER made it to trial in the USA, so paltry is the evidence.


11 posted on 12/18/2010 7:01:07 PM PST by AnalogReigns
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