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.
As 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.
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
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
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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