Reelz has produced a new Amanda Knox biopic, as part of their show “Scandals Made Me Famous.” It aired for the first time over the weekend, but I just saw the ad. They claim to have some new reveals on the Kercher case, so it may be worth a watch, even if the show is on the tabloid end of the spectrum. They appear to be very critical of the police investigation that lead to her wrongful arrest and conviction, which was overturned. I’m sure it will air again.
And as a reminded, there is a documentary on Netflix that includes conversations with not only Knox, but the prosecutor and other important players.
Aaron Hernandez was found in his prison cell this morning, deceased after apparently hanging himself with a bedsheet. Although Hernandez was acquitted in his double murder trial this week, he was still facing life in prison without parole for his earlier conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd. That case was still pending appeal.
The prosecutors offered immunity to the fiance of Aaron Hernandez in order to get her to testify on their behalf in both of his murder trials. She testified in the second case this week, but she was definitely not there to help the prosecution. In fact, she gave Hernandez an alibi, saying that he was in a hotel with her at the time the murders allegedly took place. Prosecutors rebutted that evidence, by showing that a call was made from Hernandez’ phone to her from Boston’s South End just minutes after he allegedly shot two men after a dispute at a Boston nightclub. A federal agent testified that cell phone records indicated there was “absolutely no way” he could have been in Plainville when she claimed.
Jenkins-Hernandez was a reluctant witness for the prosecution, to say the least. After the previous trial where Aaron Hernandez was convicted of the murder of Odin Lloyd, she not only maintained her engagement to him, but she even added is name to hers as a hyphenate. They are not legally married, and apparently Massachusetts does not allow conjugal visits, even if they were married. While she testified for the prosecutors, if they secure a conviction, it will be in spite of her testimony, not because of it.
The prosecution is expected to rest their case today or early next week.
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Governor Rick Scott has signed into law the bill amending the procedure for Florida’s death penalty. The new law requires a unanimous jury finding for the death penalty, in order for it to pass constitutional muster.
Florida’s “Death Chamber”
The Florida Legislature fast-tracked a fix-it bill for the death penalty, which was found to use an unconstitutional procedure because it did not require a unanimous jury finding for a recommendation of the death sentence. That law was an imperfect fix for the previous procedure, and the Florida Supreme Court subsequently made it clear that a unanimous recommendation would be required to meet constitutional muster. Yesterday the Florida Senate approved a new bill that does require unanimity, and today the Florida House voted for it as well. The bill will head to the Governor’s desk, and he is expected to sign it in short order, effectively re-instituting the death penalty in Florida.
Those sentences to death after 2002 will have to have a new sentencing hearing if the State still wishes to seek the death penalty.
For those death row inmates whose cases were finalized before 2002, it appears the death sentences will not have to be revisited, pursuant to a Florida Supreme Court Decision that came out yesterday. The Court ruled that the legal issue is procedural, which means that it is not retroactive from prior to 2002. The court found that the state can move forward wit the execution of Michael Lambrix, who killed 2 people in Glades County some 30-plus years ago. He will surely seek a federal appeal before his execution goes forward.
A college student was pulled over the other night and he was eager to show officers that he was not impaired. He told them not only was he an amateur magician, but that he’s also a juggler. He proceeded to demonstrate his skills, alleviating any concerns the officers may have, and getting it all on camera.
This reminds me of a local DUI a few years ago. I didn’t work on it, but the prosecutor who was handling it told me about it. He thought he had a great case, the girl gets out of her car and starts dancing around. Apparently, she tried to demonstrate her sobriety by performing a few ballet moves. I told the prosecutor the case was not as strong as he thought it was. Apparently, the jury agreed, and were impressed by the young lady’s ability to to plie and pirouette, as they found her not guilty.
Some badly decomposed human remains were found today near a railroad in Punta Gorda. There are not many details available at this time, as it sounds like all that was left were some bones. Any time I hear about something like that, I immediately wonder if it’s related to the Hog Trail Murders, or possibly the bone yard found in Fort Myers a few years ago (which may have been related). Hopefully more details will be released, soon.