After years and convictions and appeals and overturns, Amanda Knox’s legal saga in Italy appears to be over. Italy’s Supreme Court yesterday ruled that there was not sufficient evidence to support a conviction for Ms. Knox or her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. This, finally, ends the court process for them. The actual killer, Rudy Guede, was separately convicted, and is about halfway through a 16-year-sentence for the murders.
Raps, I guess I should say, since he is facing multiple counts of murder. As pointed out on Deadspin, it is entirely possible. The case against him is circumstantial, though it appears there is a great deal of cumulative circumstantial evidence. I expect they will be able to get their conviction, but you never know. Most watchers thought OJ would be convicted, but that case was also entirely circumstantial, and he was found not guilty rather quickly. (Obviously, there was a lot going on with the OJ prosecution.)
A couple of guys saw a drunk guy leaving a bar with his girlfriend, and seeing his extreme level of intoxication, tried to talk him out of driving. However, Samuel Salas, 43, of DeKalb, Illinois rebuked their efforts and decided to drive anyway. One of guys in the bar, worried about his own car, proceeded to record Salas’ departure on his phone. Salas made it out of the parking lot, but less than a block down the road before he turned into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision.
Regardless of the decision tomorrow, the legal saga is far from over. If the verdicts are upheld, there will be an extensive debate and possible drawn out fight over extradition. If a new trial is ordered, the courts will revisit the evidence yet again.
Boca Raton resident Amy Goldberg was arrested the other day for smearing dog poop on her neighbor. The neighbor’s dog pooped on her yard, and she picked it up and smeared in on the woman as she walked the dog. Unfortunately for Goldberg, the victim is over 65-years old, which means that the charge is a felony battery. #onlyinflorida
The new indictment merely amends the credit card fraud charge that had a technical difficulty the first time around. The Defense will likely attempt to strike this amendment, since it was not proved during the first trial. This seems to indicate that everything is a go for a second trial, probably some time later this year, though the June date will likely be moved, as Hunter plans to try to recuse the judge. The first trial cost taxpayers $460,000. Hunter was found guilty of one count, which she is appealing.
Deputies conducted surveillance on Saez before the bash, and allege that he conducted a major drug deal at his residence. They then searched the residence and located a firearm, and more drugs and ammunition. Wanted guys don’t understand that if the cops are looking for them, they probably shouldn’t advertise their whereabouts, much less doing more drug
“Fat Eddie” Saez
deals! I guess the video shoot will have to wait…
UPDATE: Saez’s birthday is not even until August. I’m not sure what’s going on here, but there are several levels of poor decisions.