Amanda Knox at Her Trial
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.
I didn’t get to post this yesterday, when it was released after hours. I will try to spend some time on it at some point in the future. If you would like some basic reasoning why I am not surprised, review some of our past coverage on Crimcourts, in particular, my reaction to the previous decision reinstating the convictions for an entirely novel reason. The Italian court will release the reasoning for its decision in about 90 days.
Final arguments were Monday in the Italian re-re-trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of Meredith Kercher. They were initially convicted of having a role in the murder, then acquitted on the appeal, which was basically a retrial. As the case has worn on, more doubt has been cast on the evidence relied upon for the conviction, and the original prosecutor has been found guilty of abuse of office for another situation. Another man, Rudy Guede, has been convicted of the murders in a separate trial, and sentenced to prison. Prosecutors allege that Knox and her then-boyfriend assisted, possibly as part of a sex game. A decision on the retrial is not expected for a week or more.
The retrial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of Meredith Kercher in Perugia continues. While Knox has not returned to Italy for the retrial, their procedure allows for her to enter a statement through her lawyer. Her attorney read the statement into the record last week, denying that she had anything to do with Kercher’s killing. The trial will continue into early next year. Rudy Guede has separately been tried and convicted of the murder, but prosecutors theorize that Knox and Sollecito were involved. They were tried and convicted, but those convictions overturned, then a retrial ordered, which has been going on for several months. Recent evidentiary developments suggest that DNA does not implicate them in killing.
The Italian Supreme Court, which recently overturned Ms. Knox’s acquittal, has ruled today that she must once again stand trial for the murder of her former roommate. Her boyfriend at the time, Raffaelle Sollecito will also be tried again. The confessed killer, Rudy Guede, is still serving his sentence for the killings after being convicted separately. Prosecutors still believe Ms. Knox and her former boyfriend were involved in the killings, despite the fact that her statement is wholly inconsistent with Mr. Guede’s killing of Ms. Kercher.
CBS recently aired the new documentary, “Central Park Five”, about five young men/boys were interrogated under intimidating circumstances, and ultimately convicted for a horrible crime in spite of the fact the stories they gave were inconsistent and frequently incorrect on details. The tainted confessions doomed their case, in spite of the fact that there was a serial rapist who’s MO matched the crime. The way the statements were extracted and the way the inconsistencies of Ms. Knox’s case mimic the incorrect statements of the Central Park Five made me think of the Knox case as I was watching it. Definitely check it out for an examination of how false confessions can happen, and how they can over power the surrounding evidence of a case.
Here’s our previous coverage of Knox’s case, the ‘Foxy Knoxy’ case as it was dubbed by the tabloids: https://crimcourts.wordpress.com/category/criminal-law/amanda-knox/
The Italian Supreme Court threw out last year’s acquittal of Ms. Knox, and will return the case to the appellate court, where she may face a new trial. The court will publish the reason for the ruling within 90 days. Ms. Knox’s former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, will also face another trial, as well. Ms. Knox’s conviction for defamation was upheld, and she has already completed her sentence on the defamation charges.