Acquittal of Amanda Knox: Italian Supreme Court Presiding Judge Talks to Media

Judge Gennaro Marasca Speaks About the Verdict

[A word of acknowledgment to the translators — including Jools — of an article appearing in Corriere del Mezzogiorno on March 29, 2015. Your work is much appreciated.]

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Gennaro Marasca

Gennaro Marasca

A couple of days following the Italian Supreme Court’s acquittal this March of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito (for murdering  Meredith Kercher), presiding Judge Gennaro Marasca of the Cassazione’s 5th Division was deluged with phone calls. Curious colleagues were blowing up his phone regarding the unexpected acquittal.  Marasca, the well-respected President of the Fifth Chamber Division of the Court, uncharacteristically granted the following original Italian interview to Corriere del Mezzogiorno on March 29, 2015.

The Murder of Meredith Kercher  — Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, the evidence was insufficient

The doubts of Gennaro Marasca, the Neapolitan judge who presided over the Supreme Court of Cassation panel that acquitted the two defendants accused of the murder of Meredith in Perugia.

Someone like him, someone who has spent a whole career condemning ‘the judges who speak to journalists’ (the last time he did was on the board council of the Supreme Court, criticizing his colleague Antonio Esposito for the interview granted after the conviction of Silvio Berlusconi), someone like this is certainly not a magistrate to go for interviews — after the verdict that has split Italy sending [sic] definitively discharged Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, defendants in the trial for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

Yet, despite the [his] reluctance, the judge was unable to avoid the phone calls from colleagues and friends from Naples, all looking (in vain) for any details.

And now, the President of the Fifth Chamber of the Supreme Court that issued the ruling two days ago is a magistrate from Naples — Gennaro Marasca, one of the best known “robes” in the city.  He, with the always [sic] courtesy, has limited himself to respond to everyone that the sentence will speak for itself, but that the decree of ruling issued at the end of the trial can already say many things.  What acquitted Amanda and Raffaele was the same identical manner in which the former senator for life Giulio Andreotti was acquitted — that is, applying the second paragraph of Article 530 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

There is, in this Marasca explanation, most of the reasons for the judgment, since the rule states that “the judge pronounces judgment of acquittal even when it fails, is insufficient or is contradictory evidence that the fact exists or that the accused committed it.”  And, not surprisingly, at the Palazzaccio [SC] Piazza Cavour in Rome, it is noted that an article of the law is rarely indicated (as in this case) in a decree of ruling of the Court of Cassation.

An Excellency

And to say {sic] that Marasca wasn’t even supposed to get to those courtrooms. — certainly not because of demerits (he is considered one of the best judges in Naples, and not by chance. On January 25th 2014,  the head public prosecutor of Nola, Paolo Mancuso, cited him among the “excellency” (together with Carlo Alemi. Giuseppe Fusco and Nino Vacca), but because his ambition – four years ago – was to be nominated prosecutor general of Naples.

He applied to the CSM [translator’s note: the magistrates’ governing body, but it was rejected. The reason? It so happens that, in the country where judges put their robes back on after doing politics, the magistrates’ governing body decided not to nominate him because “it can’t be ignored – as written in the motivation report – that Marasca has held for several years after 1994, the post of council member for the city” at the time when Antonio Bassolino was mayor.

 Justice was served: it’s our job

That episode is now forgotten. Marasca more than once has reiterated that “I like my job at Cassazione,” also because – he confided to some of his colleagues – it’s that place where “we try to apply the law sometimes forgotten in local offices.”  And as an experienced judge, Marasca has even been able to manage the sudden popularity in an Italy that was divided between those who exulted at the acquittal of Amanda and Raffaele and those who instead contested the decision. To those who asked him [Marasca] if justice had been served, he replied that a judge must base his decision on the elements of the trial and that, therefore, “justice had been served only because we did our job.”  Of course, the most simple solution would have been to annul the appeal and remand to a new trial, but the “insufficient evidence” was judged “difficult to be filled” even later.  And therefore – the president explained to the colleagues – if those are the elements, “what need is there to have a new trial?” [End]

 

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I happened upon the above article while researching Amanda Knox’s current trial on the calunnia charges resulting from wild tales of police brutality.The charges are very serious in Italy, roughly the equivalent of obstruction of justice in the United States. More about this in a future post..

Knox Fan Base Promotes Unofficial Dispositivo of Italian Code of Criminal Procedure

Back in late March, while the rest of us were still processing Cassazione’s unexpected ruling,  a discernible pattern of tweets and comments began floating around social media. Within mere days, an “official” translation of the ruling emerged:.

Cited here is the specific criminal code

Italian Criminal Code of Procedure Article 530 Paragraph (2)  Il giudice pronuncia sentenza di assoluzione anche quando manca, è insufficiente o è contraddittoria la prova che il fatto sussiste, che l’imputato lo ha commesso, che il fatto costituisce reato o che il reato è stato commesso da persona imputabile.

English Translation (Google)  The judge pronounces acquittal even when there is insufficient or contradictory evidence that the thing certain, that the accused committed it, that the action constitutes a criminal offense or the offense was committed by a person due The court judgment of acquittal even when it is missing, and insufficient or contradictory evidence that the fact there is, that the accused has committed, that the fact is a criminal offense or the offense was committed by a person eligible. [END]

Judge Marasca did deliver a brief oral statement to the press at the conclusion of deliberations on the night of March 27, 2015, but there is not an official summary, nor is the Dispositivo (verdict) published on the Court’s website.

Judge Marasca compared the Knox-Sollecito acquittal to the 2002 conviction of former Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti (for murder), and subsequent acquittal. Rarely cited in Cassazione rulings, this code seems to be the catch-all for awkward acquittals. My inquiries and probing about the official document claims were noticed. Knox apologist, Lyn Duncan — along with what’s-her-name, Lyn’s tag-along follower of the sour disposition   —  hate my guts while continuing their peculiar scrutiny of my website and social media.  Don’t try to figure it out. It’s complicated.  😉

However, the same scrutiny applied to their own social media results in same old aspersions. stalker, cognitively-challenged, idiot.  Call me what you like, fans, but your latest brainchild is a big fail.   Word to the wise: Don’t manipulate and spin the High Court’s ruling, especially since it’s not officially published. That’s right, no official publication yet.   But It gets crazier. Continue reading

Isabel Celis: Three Years Missing; Police Silent on Persons of Interest

Saturday, April 21, 2012, Sergio Celis Calls Emergency 911

Tucson, Arizona

“Hello, I want to report a missing person said Sergio.Celis to the 911 dispatcher.

First impressions. Quick, don’t overthink. Was this a call for a friend, acquaintance in need, a work colleague?

Is this how YOU would report your “missing” six-year old daughter?

In this excellent updated commentary provided by Peter Hyatt on his website, the 911 call is analyzed according to the principles of Scientific Content Analysis (SCAN). This is a good introductory exercise for any readers unfamiliar with the techniques used by the FBI, law enforcement, specially trained military interrogators. [Refer to former military interrogator Lena Sisco’s guest blog.]  The beauty of the science is that any interested, motivated individuals can learn the techniques. Caution: it’s harder than it looks but fascinating!

Mr. Celis’ telephone call should shock listeners. Immediately, we’re alerted to deception. Put yourself in the position of Sergio Celis. It’s a Saturday morning. His wife had left for work. Their little girl — and only daughter — is found to be missing from her bedroom and is nowhere in the house.  As Peter explains,

the father of a kidnapped child is not likely to start his call with “hello.  Note: this is not expected by anyone in a hurry to get emergency information to an operator.

The father of a kidnapped child is not likely to refer to her as a “person.”  Please note that a “person” is gender neutral 

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“I believe she was abducted…”

Sergio Celis: “I want to report a missing person, my little girl who’s six years old, I believe she was abducted from my house.”

IsabelCelisTimelinePhotoEven though statement analysis studies words, not inflection or tone of voice, the calm, measured style is notable. He doesn’t need to be screaming or loudly weeping, but how much colder can he get?  We don’t need any special training to detect an immediate problem. Detachment. Guilty knowledge.  Deception.

His wife, Rebecca (Becky), was called at work prior to the 911 to inquire about Isabel and then told to “get her butt home” [chuckles at his own joke — and in a later interview gets defensive about public criticism.] Continue reading

The Final Injustice: High Court Acquits in Meredith Kercher Murder

 March 27, 2015        

Corte Suprema di Cassazione, Palazzo di Giustizia

Rome's Palace of Justice, Supreme Court judges deliberate into the night

Rome’s stately Palace of Justice, Supreme Court judges deliberate into the night

My own personal vigil finally came to a close that Friday.

Disappointed that a verdict was postponed from Wednesday, March 25th, I had been following closely. Without online streaming video available, those of us following on social media were dependent on live tweets from the court.

That was problematic for journalists and those like Kristeva, our own citizen journalist, from Perugia Murder File. The location of the hearings had been moved to the Great Hall to accommodate the large crowd, but cell phone use was banned.  This didn’t prevent Kristeva from finding a way to provide regular, timely updates, for which we’re all immensely grateful.

On that Friday, word had quickly spread that a verdict was imminent.  I quickly checked Kristeva’s timeline. Blinking back tears, my first thought was it had to be a mistake.  But Kristeva is fluent in Italian. No mistake.

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My reaction:

 And from independent journalist Andrea Vogt who has been convering the case from the beginning:  

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Amanda Knox: Exploitation of Her Murder Victim

 Recalling the Horror of Meredith’s Murder

 

MeredithAnimatedFaceEdited“I think it is so easily forgotten what happened to Meredith.

‘When I read reports even now, I find myself skimming past the paragraphs that refer to what actually happened to her because it is so horrific.

 

‘I think anybody would just need to read in detail or know what happened to her to then question themselves – could they ever forgive someone who did that to their sister or daughter?’”

… Lyle Kercher, Meredith’s Brother

-Lyle and Stephanie Kercher attended the court hearing in Florence one year ago when Judge Alessandro Nencini upheld the guilty verdict of the lower court.  Both spoke briefly to the press as excerpted above. Gracious in their grief, nevertheless they let it be known that they believe the verdict to be just. In an interview with Sky [excerpted above], Lyle said he would not be able to forgive those responsible for his sister’s death.

Amanda Speaks Out

 Meanwhile, Knox released a statement to the media saying she ‘expected better’ from the Italian justice system.
She said: ‘First and foremost it must be recognised that there is no consolation for the Kercher family.
‘Their grief over Meredith’s terrible murder will follow them forever. They deserve respect and support.
‘I am frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict. Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system.
‘The evidence and accusatory theory do not justify a verdict of guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. rather, nothing has changed.’

[Excerpted from the same Daily Mail article]

Despite repeated requests over the years from the Kercher family to keep her distance, Amanda used the occasion of the court ruling to disclose she wrote and mailed a new letter to them.

I just want them to know that I really understand that this is incredibly difficult. When the case has been messed up so much, a verdict is no longer consolation for them.
‘The thing that people want when they’ve been victims is just simple acknowledgement – and they deserve respect and that’s been lost. I wish them the best.’

Stephanie, with the patience of a saint, responded: “I am told there was a letter – I have not physically seen it … I don’t have a need to read it at the moment.”

Stephanie reiterated that she does not want to meet Amanda Knox.

‘It’s not something we would want to do at the moment – and I can’t say we ever will. Regardless of a guilty or not guilty verdict, a lot has happened over this amount of time.’

If anything illustrates the empty rhetoric, the corruption of the Amanda Knox innocence campaign, it’s her courting of the family of her murder victim while callously exploiting Meredith’s image and smearing her reputation.

Manipulating Photos: Does it Get More Despicable?

KnoxMeredithFriendsAvatarEmblematic of this exploitation are the photoshopped — as in FAKE — Twitter avatars.

Doesn’t every convicted killer’s social media followers splice together images of the murderer and victim as FRIENDS?

In reality, a photo does not exist of Meredith Kercher and Amanda Knox together. They were not friends. In the multitude of photos posted of Meredith with her real friends, Knox does not appear once. Amanda did not possess any photos of the two together although she postied a photo posing with Laura and Filomena.

In Their Own Words: Amanda Knox Supporters

On the front line of social media, the Knox-is-innocent campaign rages on, trashing Meredith’s reputation as a mechanism to protest alleged “slut shaming” of their idol.  For the record, the only person accountable for publicizing the sex life of Amanda Knox is…Amanda Knox.

CAUTION:  Violent language. Age-appropriate content. Continue reading

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Amanda Knox Trolls CyberStalk, Harass as March 25 Approaches

What Kind of Monsters Harass a Murder Victim’s Family?

 

FAKE, Photoshopeed Image - Meedith and her killer, Amanda Knox

FAKE, Photoshopped Image – Meredith and her killer, Amanda Knox

First, let’s address the avatar,: a grotesque altered image of the murder victim and the murderer,.  A prominent Knox supporter took the liberty of manipulating a photo of Meredith in the real world with real friends. The real friends were cropped out, replaced by a photo of Knox, the woman who stands convicted of participating in Meredith’s sexual assault and murder.  

Factoid: there were NO existing photographs of Amanda Knox and Meredith together, despite Knox’s insistence that they were close friends.  In desperate times, those lacking conscience and empathy cast aside all restraint and decency.    

Does the American public know that the Kercher family is mercilessly attacked on social media and subjected to targeted harassment by the murderer and her entourage? Does THAT behavior fit the image of a wholesome, studious young American woman whose only crimes were youth and bad judgment?

Consider this. In a mere few months, the Italian Supreme Court will deliver the ultimate verdict on this case.  Ms. Knox will have exhausted her appeals.. It’s the end of the road for Meredith’s two remaining murder accomplices.. On Merch 25, 2015, it is widely anticipated that the Supreme Court will uphold the appellate court guilty verdict. Either prison or life as a fugitive from justice awaits Amanda Knox.  In the unlikely event she is acquitted, so be it.  We recognize that we exert no influence over the judicial process. If she is acquitted, Amanda Knox will be a social pariah, forever known as the Single White Female roommate who viciously murdered Meredith because, in the words of Arline Kercher. “she [Meredith] was everything they’re not.”

Let’s Make a Comparison

LaciPetersonBack to the vicious social media campaign directed at the Kercher family.  To offer some perspective, consider the infamous case of San Quentin Prison inmate Scott Peterson, convicted murderer of wife Laci (pictured, left) and unborn son, Conor, in Modesto, California.  Considered attractive and charming -by some — like many psychopaths — Peterson has a typical following of prison groupies.  His conviction is currently on appeal with the US Supreme Court. 

What if it became public knowledge that his family and followers launched a PR campaign on social media,  directing hate messages to Laci’s family while simultaneously silencing those who speak out for the victims?   How would the public react at seeing her (still) grieving family accused of “persecuting” the murderer of Laci and Conor?. It’s inconceivable. Yet THIS, friends, is what the cult followers of Amanda Knox inflict on Meredith’s family..  It is evil, sick, twisted, indefensible, and it needs to stop. Continue reading