Knox Luncheon at Loyola Chicago Scheduled for December 3 at $2,500 Table
It seems someone is paying attention to the Donate button on Amanda Knox’s website. Has Loyola Law Chicago embraced the notorious convicted liar as an official “exoneree” eligible for all the legal and financial benefits offered by its Life After Innocence program?
The luncheon announcement tweet precipitated a social media reaction.
Life After Innocence is so thrilled to welcome Amanda Knox to come speak at our 6th annual luncheon this winter. https://t.co/3cDXP5ohwU
— LifeAfterInnocence (@afterinnocence) September 26, 2015
Many on Twitter seek further clarification and information. I tweeted several questions to the school, the Dean and directly to the Life After Innocence Program without receiving a single response.
— Justice4everMor (@Justice4everMor) September 30, 2015
The above link is taken directly from Loyola School of Law Chicago website page About Life After Innocence. Keep reading for further discussion about the program which is presented by the school in the murkiest of terms. I don’t know about you, but I want to know……
“WHO is Funding Life After Innocence at Loyola?”
The student organizing the Knox luncheon, Carly Chocron, represents herself as an employee of the Cook County Public Defender’s Office as a Law Clerk. Is the Public Defender’s Office subsidizing the Innocence program? Loyola students allegedly submit their “billable” hours devoted to After Innocence, but there is no explanation of funding sources.
To whom or what entity do the law students submit their invoices for “billable hours”? Is there a distinction between Carly’s job as a Law Clerk at the Public Defender’s Office and her “billable hours” with the school’s “Life After Innocence” program?
Ms. Chocron’s blog dedicated to Amanda Knox and the upcoming event provoked a lively commentary on the Life After Innocence page, but the comments were subsequently deleted. With the exception of one new fawning comment about Carly’s “insightful analysis” now appearing on her blog, all other comments have been shut down. Now, if she were writing a private blog on her own privately-funded website, she could moderate and delete whatever she wants. This is NOT a private website or blog. People were expressing disagreement with the program’s endorsement of Amanda Knox as a client, and asking questions. The public has a right to know how this program is funded. Who is in charge here? An emotional law student who declares Amanda Knox to be the “world’s most FAMOUS exoneree”??
And that’s not all that’s been deleted.
Why did the attendance list vanish? About ten registrants were listed, some representing their law firms. The list was public until today. Instead of responding to questions and concerns from the public, Loyola Law School Chicago and its Alumni Program appear to be concealing information and refusing to answer reasonable questions. WHY?
Below is the invitation to the December 3rd Knox luncheon event.
Before it, too, disappears, let’s take a closer look at the fine print.
Your attendance and donation will support Loyola University Chicago’s Life After Innocence, which advocates for innocent people released from prison, helping them reenter society, clear their records and start their lives over. One credit hour of MCLE will be available.
Registration prices are steep for an event featuring a woman definitively convicted by the Supreme Court of Italy for the serious crime of calunnia. Attendees will pay up to $100 for a single ticket and $2,500 for a table of 8! Continuing education credits are offered as well! WHAT is remotely educational about having lunch with a convicted liar who is now on trial in Italy for her lies on the stand, in media interviews and in her book? As a special bonus, the table-sponsors get an autographed copy of the convicted liar’s book and attendees can spend personal time with her. Sickening and appalling. Event organizers should be cognizant about protecting the safety of other students and attendees.
The organizer of the event, Carly Chocron, linked merely a few media sources to prove the innocence of Amanda Knox. Think about this. Law students are not even consulting official legal sources to conduct a thorough assessment of the victims of injustice for whom they commit to advocate. Clearly, Ms. Chocron and those responsible for the After Innocence Program are unaware of and/or discount the facts surrounding this case which was not even adjudicated in the United States! Did they read all the translated official court transcripts, evidence, testimony available on sites such as The Murder of Meredith Kercher?
As a Cliffs Notes version of the complicated case — are you reading, Ms. Chocron? — the High Court upheld the lower and appellate court convictions for the defendant, Amanda Knox, confirming that she willfully — and without coercion — accused an innocent man of murder. She served three out of four years in a foreign prison for this crime and remains in contempt of that country’s court for her refusal to pay mandated restitution to the victim. She earned in excess of $4 million for her book of lies yet she couldn’t set aside approximately 22,000€ to pay the court-ordered damages to the victim? She ruined his reputation and his life. Diya Patrick Lumumba was publicly hauled off to prison for two weeks, lost his club Le Chic, and relocated from Perugia to Poland with his wife and young child. Ask Amanda Knox if she’s ever apologized for this crime?
Is this the calibre of “innocence” embraced by Loyola Law School? Apparently, yes. Read on for a more scathing indictment of Amanda Knox, as evidenced in the Supreme Court’s sentencing report.
Although Cassazione delivered a weak verdict of Not Guilty due to Insufficient Evidence [Article 530, Paragraph 2 of the Criminal Code] for the murder charges, the Court ruled that all three defendants, Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito and Rudy Guede (the latter the only black defendant and the only defendant remaining in prison), were present in the house at the time Meredith Kercher was murdered. Astonishingly, also stated in the Supreme Court Motivations Report is that Amanda Knox’s epithelial DNA co-mingled with Meredith’s blood confirmed by Ms. Knox washing her hands of the victim’s blood! [It defies logic that Knox and Sollecito weren’t convicted, at the very least, as accessories to the crime.] If you are incredulous at such a ruling, that is understandable, but read the original report in Italian, or the translated sections, all available at the above TMOMK wiki link I provided. For an excellent review and commentary, read here at True Justice for Meredith.
Caution: the hasty translation published on the Amanda Knox website is inaccurate and deliberately biased. Read the comparisons provided over at TJMK.
Does Loyola Law School After Innocence Program Accept Public Funds?
The money trail is suspiciously undisclosed on the Loyola Law School websites. Correct me if I’m wrong, readers. I’d welcome knowing that I am mistaken and that there is indeed full disclosure of money sources for the Life After Innocence program.
It is clearly stated that registration fees for the Amanda Knox luncheon are considered “donations to the program.” Is the event solely privately funded? Who benefits? Amanda Knox? Other clients? The event organizer? Simple questions, are they not? If I’m donating to a specific cause, I want to know the specifics. Does Amanda Knox get paid and, if so, how much and from whom?
Could the program survive solely on private funds? If so, why is it not clarified? If public (i.e., taxpayer) funds are involved, the school is obligated to disclose to the public where the money is being funneled. There are a few different locations on the Loyola websites dedicated to a description of the program, but the language is vague and leads to more questions.
The above actions and the ignoring of questions give the appearance that Loyola Law Chicago is hunkering down in secrecy mode. What is the school hiding about the Life After Innocence program? At initial glance, it appears that there is no official oversight, no chain of command so to speak. The students submit “billable hours” to some unknown entity, whatever that means. If employees of the Public Defender’s Office are involved (Carly Chocron), are they merging county and state funds and what is the specific role of County employees who participate in the Loyola Law School Innocence Program?
If the program assists Illinois “victims of wrongful conviction,” in accordance with Illinois statutes, why is the program advocating for Amanda Knox? She is a Washington State resident and her crimes were committed in a foreign country, adjudicated in a foreign country. Is she receiving the program benefits which include Pro Bono Legal Help, along with subsidized housing, health care and other “life” expenses? Again, simple questions with no answers.
Has Amanda Knox been officially, legally certified as innocent, exonerated, wrongly convicted? What is the certification process and how could she possibly be certified as innocent in the United States when she committed her crimes in a foreign country? Clearly, the After Innocence Program representatives have not even studied the evidence nor have they read the newly released Supreme Court sentencing report. That is negligence, folks.
Yes, it’s all clear as mud and gets murkier by the minute.
There is a distinct haughtiness on display by the program organizers (presumably) in the description provided here on the Innocence program’s About page. In particular, read about the Qualification Requirements.
…Life After Innocence ultimately retains discretion in deciding whether to accept a client to its program.”
Is there no independent oversight by the funding agencies, no government oversight, no oversight by the Loyola Law School authorities? As presented on the website, the program organizers make all the decisions and have “ultimate” authority to make very subjective, serious legal decisions about the innocence of previously convicted individuals. Clients receive pro bono legal guidance and extensive personal financial benefits. Shouldn’t some state and/or federal authorities in Illinois be reviewing the candidates and the money flow? Anyone?
I want answers. It is appalling that Amanda Knox is being fêted and celebrated by a prestigious American law school when she remains a convicted felon for life, is currently in contempt of court by refusing to pay damages to her victim, and she’s in the middle of another calunnia trial for her slanderous, libelous accusations against police, legal representatives and translators in Perugia!
What agencies have oversight of Loyola Law School’s Life After Innocence program? I would like to know and so do many others who object to convicted criminals being celebrated and funded. Stand up for justice, for the murder victim, Meredith Kercher, whose life ended brutally and violently at the age of 21 in the very cottage where Amanda Knox was present at the time of her murder.
Here are some contacts for initial inquiries about the administration of Loyola Law School Chicago’s Life After Innocence program. If the school would respond to questions, appealing to a higher authority wouldn’t be necessary.
Amanda Knox is not a victim and she deserves no special recognition, no pro bono legal help, and certainly no public funding.
Until next time,