Saturday, July 3, 2010

Amanda Knox Conviction

A fellow expat blogger, Michelle, has read the 400+ published notes produced by the Italian courts referring to the contested Amanda Knox conviction and summarized the information along with her own comments about the case on this post on her Bleeding Espresso blog. Since many Americans were heavily questioning me on the case during my last visit to the US in March, I would like to refer them to this informative update from the Italian system's viewpoint, which had little coverage by the US media for obvious reasons. I did not know about several points until reading her post, despite having witnessed the media bonanza over the few years. My only point that differs from Michelle is the amount of Italian attention that was given to the case. I believe many Italians were focusing on it, rather constantly.

Several key pieces of evidence and problems with alibi are outlined in Michelle's post, including DNA and evidence of early morning phone calls and computer use by Sollecito, the boyfriend, which Knox did not cite in her testimony. This meant that she probably wasn't at his house at the time, as stated to police.

I think the motivazioni della sentenza will be very interesting to read for you, especially my American readers.


  1. Not citing the boyfriend's computer use or phone calls is evidence that she was testifying about her own activities, rather than offering second-hand testimony about someone else's activities. This is 'evidence' only of simple, common sense: if you offer testimony about someone else when you're asked about what you were doing, it's seen as being evasive. No matter what this defendent does in court, she'll be second-guessed. Your post is yet more evidence of that.

  2. Hello Anonymous, I've been in a real criminal testimony situation and police ask you about what you and everyone around you did during every second of time in question. It seems you have a very solid view one way. Did you read about any of the physical evidence in the referenced post? Sorry you couldn't share that with us with a name or traceable nickname.

  3. Judge Massei's 427- page report will be published in English on Monday 9 August. It will be available for download from PMF and TJMK.