Meredith Kercher: December 28, 1985 – November 1, 2007

 

MeredithLeftProfileToday, December 28, 2015, would have been a milestone birthday for Meredith Kercher.

Her murderers live on to celebrate birthdays and profit from their crimes. The only milestone in their vacuous, parasitic lives would be the day they repent, tell the world what they did, and ask the Kercher family for forgiveness.

Meredith’s father, John Kercher, wrote a book about his daughter Meredith: Our Daughter’s Murder and the Heartbreaking Quest for the Truth

Sadly, there has been no truth or justice for Meredith and her family.

Today, let us all light candles and build a bonfire of light for a young woman who, by all accounts, was herself a radiant light.

Better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness ∼ ∼ Chinese Proverb

floating lanterns

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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Cited below 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.

Meredith Kercher

Meredith Kercher

 

For Meredith.  RIP.

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

 

Kristeva, our own citizen journalist, from Perugia Murder File, attended the hearing. 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. Shockingly, Kristeva tweeted “Acquitted.” Kristeva is fluent in Italian. No mistake.

KristevaAcquitted03-27-15

 

KristevaNoMoreAppeals03-27-15

 

KristevaCalunniaUpheld03-27-15

 

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

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Is Amanda Knox Lying? Expert Lena Sisco Analyzes CNN Chris Cuomo Interviews

05/15/2014

Guest Blogger Lena Sisco, Certified Military Interrogator, Former Naval Officer, Body Language and Statement Analysis Expert, Answers the Question:

Is Amanda Knox Lying?

Lena Sisco, President of The Congruence Group in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is our guest blogger today! Ms. Sisco took time from her demanding work schedule, at my request, to offer her professional expertise in statement analysis and body language analysis. I asked her to analyze media clips of Amanda Knox, and Ms. Sisco generously agreed. Many readers have expressed to me an interest in professional analysis of Knox based upon the sciences utilized by the FBI, law enforcement and the military. Ms. Sisco’s biography reveals a long and distinguished background in serving our country, as a former Naval officer, as a military intelligence officer,  and in her capacity as teacher and trainer.

Ms. Sisco is also a Lead Instructor at the Body Language Institute founded by Janine Driver, a well-known media commentator on the science of deception. Lena also provides media analyses on programs like Dr. Drew on HLN.

Here is Lena’s impressive biography directly from her website:

Lena+Sisco-300x300Lena Sisco is a former Department of Defense (DoD) certified Military Interrogator and Naval Officer who served in the Global War on Terror. She is the recipient of the Joint Service and the Navy/Marine Corp Commendation and Achievement Medals. Ms Sisco has 14 years experience in the field of Human Intelligence (HUMINT). She has worked for the Office of Naval Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency and partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in HUMINT Collection Activities. Ms Sisco has been training DoD personnel in interrogation, tactical questioning/debriefing, site exploitation, elicitation, counter-elicitation, cross cultural communications, HUMINT policy, detecting deception and behavioral congruency for over 10 years. In addition to instructing, Ms Sisco has developed courses and training curriculums and is Instructional Systems Design certified. She has experience in assessing individuals’ personality type preferences according to Jungian personality type concepts using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) tool in order for her to guide students to achieve the maximum learning experience in her classes. She also analyzes handwriting samples to help assess personality preferences. Ms Sisco is certified as a Body Language Institute Train-the-Trainer Instructor and instructs with Janine Driver. In addition, she is Six Sigma certified. Prior to her career in HUMINT, she received her Master’s Degree in Archaeology from Brown University and excavated overseas. She founded The Congruency Group in order to share her skills with DoD and Law Enforcement personnel and the private sector in order for individuals to achieve ultimate success in their personal and professional endeavors, put criminals behind bars and gather intelligence information to save lives. Follow Lena on Twitter 

Statement Analysis and Facial Expressions of Amanda Knox During Her Interviews with CNN’s Chris Cuomo

by Lena Sisco

Amanda Knox, accused, jailed and convicted for murdering Meredith Kercher on the evening of November 1, 2007, was provisionally acquitted by the first appeals court, returning home to Seattle in October 2011. Upon review by the Supreme Court of Cassation, the acquittal was subsequently annulled based upon a manifest lack of logic and other major points of law on March 26, 2013.

On April 29, 2014, the second appellate court upheld the initial conviction of Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. Knox is now expected to file a final appeal to the Supreme Court. If the court decides to hear her appeal, it will only consider points of law. There will not be a retrial.

During the recent CNN interview between Chris Cuomo and Amanda Knox published on May 2, 2014 on You Tube

Amanda Knox continues to defend herself against accusations that she murdered Meredith Kercher. Knox answered Chris Cuomo’s questions slowly and methodologically, even six years after Meredith’s murder. Although you can see her struggling to carefully choose her words to plea her innocence, the words she used actually tell a different story. Below is an analysis of Amanda Knox’s statements during that interview and a look at her facial expressions in another interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo that both indicate behavioral incongruence, when the body language doesn’t match what the words are saying. Continue reading

Amanda Knox Inflicted Death Blow, Fought with Meredith About Stolen Money says Italian Judge

Judge Alessandro Nencini  announces upholding of GUILTY verdict January 30, 2014

Judge Alessandro Nencini announces upholding of GUILTY verdict January 30, 2014

April 29, 2014

Amanda Knox wielded the knife that killed Meredith, says judge

AMANDA KNOX inflicted the fatal knife blow that killed Meredith Kercher while Raffaele Sollecito and Rudy Guede held her back, according to the Italian judge who convicted the American of murder earlier this year and who today released his ‘reasoning.’

Read more of Andrea Vogt’s update today in The Week on the publication of Judge Alessandro Nencini’s 337-page sentencing report. Personally, I have been counting down the days until he published his report outlining the logic and reasoning in the appellate court’s decision to uphold the initial trial court’s Guilty verdict in Perugia back in December 2009.

amanda_knox_ABCNewsAs much as I hoped Nencini would specifically address Knox’s infliction of the fatal knife wound, reading his words jolted me again into the horror that was Meredith’s final night on earth. Anticipating class the next morning (unaware that the university was closed for a national holiday), Meredith wanted to study and rest at home after a late Halloween the prior night. She departed for home after an evening of fun and friendship, completely unaware that her American roommate had been morbidly brooding, unaware that this kooky girl from Seattle was a walking time bomb. Within the very home where Meredith should have felt safe and secure, the American girl from Seattle lay in wait, accompanied by two male accomplices. Three against one. 

Whether murder was the original intent, whether it was a retaliatory hazing escalating to murder, or whether an argument about stolen money further enraged Knox, she stabbed Meredith in the neck with Raffaele Sollecito’s kitchen knife. We know this because Amanda Knox’s DNA was found in two places on the handle of that knife near the intersection of knife and blade, and Meredith’s genetic material was found on the lower blade. Meredith had never been to Sollecito’s flat. And why was his DNA missing from his own kitchen knife?

In the scathing report that spells out the evidence, logic and reasoning that led to his guilty verdict in Florence on 30 January, Judge Nencini also says Knox and her defence tried to tamper with evidence and pervert the truth by introducing prisoners as witnesses, whose testimony turned out to be false and induced by “other interests.”

“It is clear how this trial was subject to heavy evidence tampering, both internally (slander) and externally,” Nencini writes.

Knox's Very Young Half-sisters interviewed during her appeal, photographed outside the cottage where Meredith was murdered

What parents would allow very young daughters, Ashley and Delaney, Knox’s half-sisters, (with sis Deanna) to be interviewed during her appeal, and photographed outside the cottage where Meredith was murdered? Publicity campaign and tourist attraction, anything for the cause.

Tampering with evidence? Perverting the truth? Slander (Libel)?  Here Nencini directly acknowledges attempts by Knox, her defense, and by inference those who colluded — her family and PR rep — to influence a verdict and bring down a system of justice portrayed as utterly archaic, corrupt and incompetent. Ditto for Raffaele Sollecito and his high-profile lawyer, Giulia Bongiorno. After a bitter loss following her failed plea for Raffaele’s innocence in the September 2013 appeal over which Nencini presided, Bongiorno launched a bulldozing attempt to discredit him. With accusations of impropriety relating to his spontaneous, informal court hallway remarks to a journalist following

Lawyer Giulia Bongiorno with her client Raffaele Sollecito

Lawyer Giulia Bongiorno with her client Raffaele Sollecito

the appeal conclusion, Bongiorno’s efforts were a major fail. [Note: if you research Giulia Bongiorno’s career and public escapades, you’ll learn about her own questionably-timed interviews with the press.]  After an inquiry, the Italian Magistrate commission found no evidence of Nencini’s impropriety. He was not censured and the investigation was closed. How did that work out for you, Ms. Bongiorno, especially now that you’ll be preparing for another appeal?  HarryRag’s tweet to her perfectly sums up reaction to Nencini’s motivations report:

 

The Mirror focuses on the explicit conflict between Amanda Knox and the woman she murdered, Meredith Kercher:

Meredith Kercher murder: Amanda Knox ‘fought with British student over money on night of her death…

The court noted that at least two knives were used to attack Meredith and there were also finger imprints on her body, indicating she had been restrained – ruling out the possibility that Guede was the only attacker.

The court said there was ample evidence of a bad relationship between the two roommates, despite Knox’s attempts to play down differences in court, and cited statements by Guede under police questioning that Meredith had accused Knox of taking money from her room.

The court said it was not necessary for all of the assailants to have the same motive, and that the murder was not attributable to a sex game gone awry, as it was out of Meredith’s character to have consented to such activity.”

Meredith photographed in Italian publication

Meredith photographed in Italian publication

It was not enough for Amanda Knox to wield the death weapon and terrorize her victim. As evidenced by numerous and various sized hand imprints/pressure marks on Meredith’s body, Knox forcibly restrained her. All three assailants were convicted of sexual assault and murder, and Rudy Guede today lives out his prison sentence.  Amanda Knox is sentenced to 28 years, 6 months, compared to Sollecito’s 25 years. Her additional time is connected to the crime of calunnia for which she’s already served three years. But you see, Amanda Knox loves to talk. She loves to write. Some of those she has defamed in her memoir and in her numerous media interviews have been watching, reading, gathering evidence for lawsuits. Knox — and her parents — could be entangled in lawsuits for a very, very long time. Italian justice moves slowly but surely. To those who say that residence in the States protects them all from judicial action, think again.

A ruling on the verdict by the Supreme Court of Cassation will be announced, possibly by September.  Knox and Sollecito’s lawyers are expected to file appeals.

I’ll cover the motivations report more thoroughly when an English translation is available, thanks to the dedicated volunteers at True Justice for Meredith (TJMK) and the sister sites of Perugia Murder File (PMF). Amanda Knox will undoubtedly send out an SOS for help with her own translation. It’s not a bad thing to have personal projects to occupy time while awaiting the inevitable. And Italian fluency will be an advantage when she’s serving out her 28 years, 6 months.

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Until next time,