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Amanda Knox Found Guilty Again:
Why the Court Could Be (Sort of) Right

ABC News, by Dan Abrams

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Posted By:StormCnter, 2/1/2014 5:07:32 AM

The latest verdict from an Italian Appeals court finding Amanda Knox and her then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito guilty of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher may come as a stunning outrage to many Americans. But once you dig a little deeper, maybe, just maybe, some of the reasoning becomes a little less outlandish. In the annals of high-profile injustices, the 26-year-old Knox is now often cited alongside the most indefensible miscarriages of justices this nation has addressed in recent years, such as the Memphis 3, convicted on nothing more than inaccurate assumptions and a coerced confession; the "Scottsboro Boys," where the Alabama

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JAN, 2/1/2014 8:24:59 AM     (No. 9714243)

Initially she clamed that she was not that fluent in Italian yet in her interview on TV yesterday she said she went to an Italian website to get the news regarding her case.

She´s been out of Italy for several years yet she goes to an Italian website for information and then translates for her family because they don´t understand Italian.

The girl is as big a liar as Casey Anthony.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: dudette4freedom, 2/1/2014 8:43:02 AM     (No. 9714259)

She´s guilty and needs to pay the price. She expects to get by on her looks but she impressed me as a liar and a sociopath

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Reply 3 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 2/1/2014 8:54:57 AM     (No. 9714275)

"Foxy Knoxy" is pure walking evil and guilty of murder. Hope the Italians put her in prison and keep her there a long, long time.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Judith, 2/1/2014 9:05:21 AM     (No. 9714289)

She laughed through the first trial....until the end. This woman will never see the inside of an Italian jail.....but I wouldn´t turn my back on her.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MissMolly, 2/1/2014 9:06:29 AM     (No. 9714291)

Who is paying for this incredibly expensive defense and how are they doing so?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MDConservative, 2/1/2014 9:32:57 AM     (No. 9714333)

It´s never over in Italian courts until they say it is...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: proximo, 2/1/2014 10:28:08 AM     (No. 9714403)

#1, being able to read the common, everyday, language typically found on a web site and being fluent in that language are two very different things. Knox was living in Italy and one would have to assume she had studied the language at least a little so being able to read an Italian newspaper or web site is not surprising. Hell, I´ve never studied Italian but I can make sense of a lot of the written language due to having studied Spanish and Portuguese in the past. They are all Romance languages and quite similar in grammar and vocabulary, at least the common everyday vocabulary.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: msjena, 2/1/2014 10:32:30 AM     (No. 9714415)

I don´t know if she was involved or not, but someone else has already been convicted of the murder. I think there is reasonable doubt. Is that the standard in Italy?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/1/2014 10:42:13 AM     (No. 9714441)

What #7 said.

Whether one likes her or not, there is sufficient reasonable doubt here. I thought we followed that standard rather than deciding out of hand that someone was not our kind and therefore had to be guilty.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: FLCracker, 2/1/2014 10:52:46 AM     (No. 9714467)

#9, that´s the standard in AMERICAN law, not Italian. It is also not the standard in the court of public opinion, including this website. (Which is as it should be, the court of public opinion needs its voice, too.)

Amanda Knox is a good example for Americans:

Don´t go to other countries and carry one like you do here without knowing what the local laws will do to you if you get in trouble (i.e., caning in Singapore, Turkish prisons.)

Codicil: Don´t carry on like the natives do, either. If you get in trouble, they are much less likely to be forgiving of foreigners (that would be you) than of their own citizens.





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Reply 11 - Posted by: Emerson, 2/1/2014 11:59:51 AM     (No. 9714572)

Re #10, what is the standard in Italy?



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Reply 12 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 2/1/2014 12:01:15 PM     (No. 9714574)

Re #10, the "court of public opinion" is not supposed to send someone to prison for 28 years.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: jaws, 2/1/2014 3:53:39 PM     (No. 9714920)

To other posters on Italian: She picked up Italian during her first trial and in prison.

I am sure from what I have read that that the guy who actually killed Meredith is in prison.

But Amanda Knox is one strange person. I think she did have some involvement in the horrible events. She came back to her apartment with a mop from her boyfriend´s place.

She tried to implicate her boss and "confessed" - even if was said to be coerced.

From the interviews I saw (Chris Cuomo and yesterday on Today Show), she keeps saying things like: "This is not fair. This is so unjust. It´s just not right."

My thoughts are that a totally innocent person would scream: "I did not kill Meredith. I did not do it. I am innocent. I was not involved at all."

From what I have read and heard, she never said anything an innocent person would most likely say. And she is just so strange in her affectations.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: FLCracker, 2/1/2014 4:12:51 PM     (No. 9714951)

#11, not being a lawyer, but from what I´ve read, the Italian system is based more on "preponderance of evidence".

Based on the trials, I´d say it´s based on whatever goes.

#12, being tried in either court isn´t the same as the sentence, although the court of public opinion can ostracize you for 28 years or even harass you to the point of suicide, and there is no right of appeal.



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