Friday, January 31, 2014

Amanda Knox Gives First Interview After New Guilty Verdict

An Italian court yesterday reversed the acquittal of Amanda Knox and found her guilty of murder after a different Italian court had previously convicted her before another court overturned those convictions. Now, yet another Italian court must confirm the verdicts. Crazy. Amanda is in the US and as long as she continues to stay in the US will never be extradited to Italy. Her former boyfriend was in Italy for the trial and was stopped at the Austrian border trying to flee the country. Amanda was on Good Morning American to talk about the new verdict.
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95 comments:

GPS74 said...

Good for her. The Italian prosecutor is a satanic-obsessed scumbag, and the system there is messed up (they convicted someone for not accurately predicting an earthquake).

Karen said...

Why was her boyfriend so dumb to stay in Italy and wait for verdict? Now he actually has to go to jail. She did the smart thing. Stay in US and continue as per normal. Too many things do not add up in this case so she is innocent in my eyes until they get real and proper evidence.

nunaurbiz said...

If the conviction is upheld, the US might not accept extradition. According to the US/Italy extradition treaty, the US can deny if the defendant has been acquitted previously. It might not even get to that phase, though.

Renoblondee said...

I go back and forth on her. I need to read more on it.

laura ramona said...

Im italian. what??? Do you know the case?

Simon said...

I don't know if she had anything to do with it but there is zero evidence she was involved. The prosecutor's theory about why she did it has changed multiple times - from a sex thing gone awry to they fought over cleanliness of the apartment shows they have no clue what they are talking about. The US better not extradite her!

laura ramona said...

In 2007 I was still in Italy. first she accused 2 innocent ppl of murder. Her statements changed 15 times since day one. read before speaking

Sophie Helene said...

I normally live in Europe and of course we got the European and not American coverage I think she is guilty, and all her tears seem contrived to me.

Simon said...

@nunaurbiz, they said that may not hold up as she was originally convicted only overturned on conviction and that this new trial convicted her so she was not really acquitted. I dunno but this is one crazy prosecutor and their justice system appears not to care that there was no evidence against them.

Simon said...

Sorry meant only overturned on appeal, not conviction!

Nutty_Flavor said...

I thought a drifter named Rudy Guede had already been convicted of this murder. Are the Italians now claiming it was a team murder?

Sophie Helene said...

Bear in mind all the info that reached the US public has been filtered by her team. I live in France and not Italy but from my France perspective she was clearly guilty.

laura ramona said...

Enty.. hello.. you read the case. make some theories as anonymus commenter. Curious what you think

Bacon Ranch said...

I thought she pointed out a black man as guilty of the murder?

(Yes she did, look it up. He was found innocent)

They need to send her ass back over there to face the time.

JSierra said...

Yup I still think she did it.

SarahElizabeth said...

she is guilty, us news never comes out completely true

Sophie Helene said...

Amanda had a PR team. http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/print-edition/2011/10/21/seattle-pr-firm-reveals-efforts-to.html?page=all

Nutty_Flavor said...

@Bacon, are you talking about Rudy Guede, who is indeed African? He was convicted and is serving time. Was someone else found innocent?

GPS74 said...

The U.S. will never extradite her, nor should they. From the Extradition Treaty with Italy:

"ARTICLE VI

Non Bis in Idem

Extradition shall not be granted when the person sought has been
convicted, acquitted or pardoned, or has served the sentence imposed, by the Requested Party for the same acts for which extradition is requested."


Knox was tried, convicted, and acquitted upon appeal. The second conviction (by a prosecutor with a track record of claiming "satanic cults" did it, as in this case) is considered double jeopardy under U.S. law. In addition, another man, with a history of B&E, confessed to the crime and is in jail now for such. His DNA was all over the apartment, and on *and* inside the victim.

Bacon Ranch said...

Zero doubt over here, she's guilty as sin.
How the US handles it will be a tricky situation.
I don't agree with the whole 'we don't do double jep' argument because of course...you are dealing with a different country. A different set of laws.

If we just let her stay here...
*sigh*

laura ramona said...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2548071/Man-wrongly-accused-killing-Meredith-Kercher-Amanda-Knox-challenges-travel-Italy-verdict-latest-retrial.html

GPS74 said...

@Bacon, you're referring to her boss. Knox was tricked by the police into believing that it was his DNA found in the apartment and after over thirteen hours of interrogation without a lawyer or a bathroom break, she began to break down and concur with the police claims that he was involved. However, that man was exonerated.

Check your facts.

Bacon Ranch said...

Nutty, no I'm talking about the guy who owned the bar where she worked.

GPS74 said...

@Bacon, you need to read the extradition treaty, though I doubt you will. Your mind is made up, facts be damned. You'd fit right in with Guiliano Mignini's staff.

Lohan said...

I read up on this case extensively during the time she was imprisoned. The first responding police officers tainted the crime scene considerably by walking around in the apartment haphazardly without the proper protective gear. The murder’s, who was a drifter as mentioned previously, left a bloody footprint as well as “evidence” in the toilet. Amanda was guilty of being young and na├»ve. She acted inappropriately during the hours after the murder but there is no material evidence that points to her as the doer in this case. As far as the different statements, I feel like if I were muddling through a story in my second language I might not be very consistent either. Years of this woman’s life were taking from her because of a sensationalized trial. I hope for her sake it does not come to extradition.

Ms Cool said...

I haven't paid attention to this case much but remember watching a tv news show right after it happened. At the time, she seemed guilty as hell to me.

laura ramona said...

This woman will server her time in prison. point

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angie said...

Her blood was mixed with the victim's blood in no less than 5 areas of the apartment, including the murder weapon (a knife), a door jam, and a wall.

Amanda also tried blaming a completely innocent black man, resulting in his being incarcerated for 2 weeks until the investigation uncovered that her assertion was utterly impossible.

She is sooo guilty I can't even.

msgirl said...

We will never know the truth because the Italians fucked up everything. And it's unbelievable that the prosecutor is still able to practice. Read about the book :Monster of Florence". I feel horrible for Meredith's family. As for Amanda, it's impossible for me to say. Something is fishy but whether she actually did the murder, or how involved she was, we will never know.

laura ramona said...

Thanks hun

Alexis said...

Maybe here in the US we got a filtered version, but maybe in Europe a biased version was also given. She's never going to be extradited and if she's guilty her conviction shouldn't of been overturned. That's a failing on the part of the justice system. There are a lot of people walking free that shouldn't be but I don't see Amanda Knox turning into a raging serial killer. There are also a lot of people in prison who shouldn't be. None of us really know which she is even though from my perspective she's innocent and was steamrolled.

Bacon Ranch said...

GPS74

You're right, My mind IS made up.
As far as the legal system I'm glad that the second time around facts WEREN'T damned.

Count Jerkula said...

Unless the hot murderer has naked pix like Arias, I find myself not interested.

Unknown said...

@Laura Ramona, she may have changed her statements multiple times, but so did the prosecution (in terms of all of the wacky theories/motives they came up with).

@Sophie Helene, we may have gotten the "American edit," but did you consider perhaps you got the "Euro edit?" Are you suggesting that the European version was more truthful than any other reporting? Doubtful. There was just as much anti-American bias in your reports as there was anti-Italian on ours.

rajahcat said...

Double jeopardy doesn't exist in Italy....weird.

I think the scene was contaminated. The prosecutor is def corrupt. How can this ever be determined?

I think it is a done deal.....Italian justice system is just trying to save face at this point. She will never be extradited. But this must be costing her and her family a fortune in legal fees.

TV Junkie said...

I read a lot about this when it happened, and I truly believe she is guilty. I think the girl is a sociopath. Very scary.

__-__=__ said...

There is too much evidence for her not to be involved. In US if you're involved in a murder you go to jail. For years. She was involved.

Michael H said...

I guess there is no such thing as reasonable doubt over there, huh?

texas rose said...

Yes Laura Ramona - I think she fingered the bar owner first.

texas rose said...

Was she really retried or just following Italian appeals process?? If later then don't think that double jeopardy is even the issue. Interested to see how it all plays out. If a US tried convicted murderer was hiding in Italy they would not extradite them because we/the US have the death penalty. Don't know what logic we would use to deny an extradition request from Italy. I'm sure there will be some diplomatic mumbo jumbo so that we don't extradite and everyone saves a little face.

NYer said...

HOw is an appeals court vacating/overturning a verdict an acquittal? How will the US refuse to extradite her if it is obligated to do so? Also, the idea that the boyfriend was in fact fleeing does not really match what i've read elsewhere about what happened. In any event, she seems to have ample high powered legal help so the idea that she is being treated unfairly by the Italian legal system is a reach. The PR battle is just that--PR bulls**t.

Jazz Mascara said...

This. I totally agree with everything you said!

Bacon Ranch said...

The first trial was screwed up
The second found her guilty, along with her boyfriend.

Now it could be because of the scrutiny around the world wondering what happened that night, who knows? Either way, at this point the evidence says they are responsible for removing Meredith from this planet.

They should be punished for that.
Jail cell - Service for 2!

texas rose said...

'latter' not later

FS said...

A website with a lot of info, obviously biased but still interesting to peruse.

http://themurderofmeredithkercher.com/Main_Page

Shit You Can't Buy said...

Really quilty or not, the still of the video in this thread scares me. She has a cold dead look. (or maybe she is just pissed about going to jail).

rajahcat said...

Well I really have no idea of her guilt or innocence, but I wouldn't trust the Italian legal system or the Italian press. Not sure why any American would.

As an American citizen that she is, she does deserve the protection that this provides as would any of you if you found yourself in a situation outside of this country as out of control as this one is.

So if you go abroad for any reason, you better hope the American justice system can help you if you find yourself in a predicament. Many times it cannot.

Amartel said...

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/02/amanda-knox-revisited/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

The prosecutor is a sadistic nut who abused his power repeatedly and continues to do so unchecked.

http://hellmannreport.wordpress.com/contents/

Molls said...

I always thought she was guilty because she changed her story so many times. That's why the police have you repeat your story to at least five different officers (or more if you keep changing what went down). A guilty person keeps changing the story.

I know this firsthand from when someone broke into my house and assaulted me. I was getting frustrated with so many teams of detectives coming out to ask me the same questions and as they called it, tie up loose ends. While all this was going on, there was a story in the local paper about another woman in our neighborhood being assaulted. I asked one of the female officers about it, and she said they couldn't corroborate that because the woman had told ten different stories to as many officers. Recently, I've heard law enforcement officials interviewed on TV, and that's one of the gauges they use to "assume" a person is lying. However, in the end, lying will not prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt unless a good prosecuting attorney knows how to bring that to the table and convince a jury.

beth said...

@GPS: You're reading the extradition treaty wrong. The "requested country" in the passage you cite is U.S. (since it's the country from which extradition would be requested). Knox has never been tried let alone acquitted in the U.S. That passage has nothing to do with "double jeopardy" in the *requesting country.*

On top of that, there's no violation of double jeopardy here in any case. Knox was convicted and then her conviction was overturned on appeal and then she was retried. That can and does happen in the U.S. frequently.

On top of that, the U.S. extradites to countries that don't recognize double jeopardy (e.g., Mexico, Scotland). It's not a bar to extradition at all.

Don't jump down people's throats about not having read the treaty when you obviously haven't read it carefully/don't have all the facts.

Now, the U.S. may decide not to extradite on policy/evidentiary grounds, but her extradition definitely wouldn't be barred by the treaty.

Mama Abroad said...

I recommend her book. I followed the case all along and was also on the fence. After the book, no more fence. She's an oddball, sure, but in my opinion no way a murderer.

Jennifer H. said...

That's one hell of a team, to have control over the internet!

Jennifer H. said...

I don't think she is guilty. There actually is no evidence to support that. The "evidence" used to convict her turned to not be what it seemed. That's why her conviction was overturned and why it should be overturned again.

Emily Yeah said...

Well wouldn't you think that after reading HER book. Only OJ writes a book saying he did it

Emily Yeah said...

I'm in the UK and I have to say I think she's guilty and the buying lingerie the day after her flat mates been murdered, the blaming others, the putting the Kercher family link on her website implying they were ok with her when they weren't all are part of the reason

Emily Yeah said...

He also confessed he did it with her so you know

Emily Yeah said...

She was tricked? So she says but then she would wouldn't she?
Why did she have a shower in the house even though she saw blood all over the floor and not investigate? Why did she go shopping the day after Meredith was found to buy sexy lingerie?!

Emily Yeah said...

Muddled? She accused someone of murder that's abit more than muddling and she's very very fluent in Italian, second language or not.
The police did ruin the crime scene but this worked in her favour specifically the DNA on the bra strap which was excluded because of that.

Emily Yeah said...

This. Entirely this.

rajahcat said...

who said she bought sexy underwear???

I think she bought underwear yes because she couldn't get hers from the apartment.....not sure it was super sexy.....

did you read that in the Italian press?

maybe I'm wrong but I might buy underwear if I had no others but what I was wearing.

rajahcat said...

she is fluent in Italian now-not always

Emily Yeah said...

Europeans hate each other. I'm British. Believe me we wouldn't get pro Italian anything

feraltart said...

In any country there can be abuse of judicial power, and too many innocent people have found themselves in jail. I would never convict on how someone appears. We have had two women put through the ringer in Australia because they kept their emotions in check: Lindy Chamberlain & Joanne Lees. Everyone responds differently. For police to tramp through evidence at a crime scene is arrogant & destroys any hope of getting a 'clean' conviction. I don't know who committed the murder, but I do know that correct procedure wasn't followed and that has brought grief to multiple families.

rajahcat said...

point taken

still I'm not a big believer in following media about cases.....there always seems to be a slant by the writer

she may very well be guilty but it could not be proven here in the US by our standard as opposed to Italian standards.....for that reason I do believe she will never be extradited. A reason will be found not to. They will prob ask for her to be jailed here, and I doubt the US would agree to that either.

Funny, Americans hate each other too-but they will stand to the death for each other against other nations.

Applepie said...

I am really fascinated with the different comments here. Its been interesting reading. Personally i think the italians have fked this case beyond recognition. She probably should be let off due to lack of firm evidence. That doesnt however give MK's family any justice...But thats the fault of the italian system.

Jeannies Bottle said...

MK's family got justice in that Rudy Guede is in prison for the murder. I think he acted alone. I think Amanda was stoned and self absorbed at the time and did some dumb things, but, at the same time, too stoned to commit a murder and hide all her fingerprints, footprints, etc. She went to buy underwear cuz the police wouldn't let her back into her house and she had only the clothes on her back.

rajahcat said...

yep^

and I have never heard of being stoned on pot making someone a raging sex driven murderer....

if that is so maybe we might want to think about the whole legalization thing a little more.......

Italians are trying to save face......done and done

Bessie Smith said...

I've been waiting for this, and I am really happy at the verdict. She is a killer, and has the face to match. It's not just that she tried to frame someone else (her boss), which an innocent person wouldn't do, but that there is enough exact evidence to convict her. When trying to frame Lumumba, she said that she was there and heard Meredith's screams. And she was not interrogated for 13 hours without a break. She had an interpreter, tea and bathroom breaks. She did not lie under duress, she lied to save her ass. Yes, the murder scene was cleaned up, but with and without luminol, there are traces of Knox's footprints in Meredith's blood. While at the police station with some of Meredith's friends, Knox said that Meredith was killed by the closet. At that time, none of these details were known - except by the killer. Her friends reported this to the police and suggested that she be viewed as a suspect. She shouldn't have known that, as the body was moved after death. She and Sollecito knew things that only the killer would know. I think the evidence holds up. Too much of it. I've read the website themurderofmeredithkercher.com, as well as true justice for Meredith Kercher. I think they both hold up. Anyway, I hope she is extradited and serves time. Killer.

Krab said...

It is amazing to me the number of people who can determine her guilt or innocence by her face. Ridiculous. Luckily, in the United States, trials proceed on evidence, which in this case was completely bungled by the inept Italians.

Krab said...

And yeah, lots of people do and say weird things when a crime has been committed. Innocent people even confess. Human psychology is very weird, so that is why legal systems are based on evidence, not behavior or facial features. Excuse me while I go roll my eyes.

Meital Hayun said...

There is 0 physical evidence! In today's day and age no one should be convicted of murder without physical evidence! The investigation was sloppy with contradicting lab results. And it was a very messy scene so some evidence should have been found if she was guilty.

laura ramona said...

Be human and legal US. do the right thing.

laura ramona said...

Thanks Emily

Mama Abroad said...

Because there are logical explanations.

Angelina said...

@Jeannies bottle: I totally agree with you. I am American, live in Europe, and speak/read Italian. The Italian press slaughtered her (satanic foxyroxy underwearbuyer). That said, she named Mr. Lumumba, an innocent Congolese bar owner, as the killer. She smoked pot. I can't remember if she bought it from Rudy Guede (an Ivorian now in prison for the murder)but if he was implicated why would she bring in someone else?

PS said...

AMANDA KNOX IS AS GUILTY AS SIN. SHE NOT ONLY CHANGED HER STORY MULTIPLE TIMES, BUT THE STORIES SHE GAVE ARE CLEARLY LOES. SHE SAIDMSHE WERE PLACES SHE HAS NEVER BEEN, SHE LOGGED ON THE COMOUTER WHEN SHE CLAIMED TO BE SLEEPING, AND THERE IS NO COMPUTER ACTIVITY WHEN SHE SAID SHE WERE USING IT. HER DNA WAS ON THE KNIFE, THEN THEY COMPLAINED IT WEREN'T A BIG ENOUGH SAMPLE TO RETEST, THEN IT TUENED OUT WITH MORE MODERN TECHNIC THEY RETESTED TWO AREAS, AND KNOX's BLOOD AND MEREDITH'S WERE BOTH ON IT. ALSO, KNOX TOLD PEOPLE DETAILS OF CRIME SCENE AND VICTIMS BODY (STAB AREAS) THAT WERE NOT RELEASED! WITNESSES SAW HER THERE AND SAW HER BUYING BLEACH THE NEXT MORNNG EARLY. SHE IS GUILTY. SHE IS A PSYCHOPATH AND PROVEN LIAR.

PS said...

P.s. THIS IS ALL JUST A LITTLE BIT OF THE EVIDENCE. ADD IN IMPLICATING RAMDOMLY AN INNOCENT MAN WTH AN AIRTIGHT ALIBY, SHE IS AN EVIL LYING MURDERER, AND PEOPLE ARE ONLY THINING SHE IS NNOCENT BECAUSE OF HER PR TEAM AND HER LOOKS.

erika christine said...

i really wish people would get their facts right on rudy guede claiming amanda & rafeale were involved. he originally had a longer sentence than them and when he said that "they did it with him" his sentenced was reduced to sixteen years. geez just think about that and what he got out of that for making that shit up. their is no DNA evidence of them there and really even if there was, the police contaminated the evidence so badly and screwed up their own evidence.

ninotchka said...

I always thought she was guilty and I still think that. It has nothing to do with the way she looks. Given her notoriety, the US will probably not allow her to be extradited.

erika christine said...

damnit i meant there* is no DNA

FlirtyChick74 said...

My heart goes out to Meredith Kercher's family. It's a shame that her name and face have been lost in this; like a bit player in a film.

erika christine said...

she became fluent in italian when she was in prison. you seriously think she was fluent when she had only been in italy a month before the murder happened? yeah right

Alita said...

@nunaurbiz, the US regularly denies extradition requests from other countries. I'd say this chick is on safe ground - though I hope she got the travel bug out of her system because she may not be able to visit many countries in future.

Alita said...

I know this is a serious thread, but fracking LOL @EmilyYeah - you said it re Brit papers, 'believe me we wouldn't get pro Italian anything' - heh. Substitute any European country into that statement and it holds.

Amy said...

Texas Rose is correct. There's no double jeopardy when the acquittal is part of the regular appeals process. On top of that, the acquittal wasn't with a jury. Even Alan Dershowitz said there's almost no way the USA wouldn't extradite her under the treaty -- the only thing she's got on her side is her looks and possible public support, but not legal and treaty backing.

Winnigirl said...

Did Dershowitz indicate his thoughts on her guilt?

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

The whole thing is so murky, I'm not sure if she did the actual killing, but also I don't think she's 100% innocent. This dumb bitch needs to count her blessings and stay away from the cameras and just live a low profile life. Don't make OJ's mistakes, Miss Knox.

Jaiden_S said...

I'd be floored if the US agreed to extradite her. My guess is that it will be tied up in legal hell for years and then just sort of go away. She's served all the time she's gonna serve.

Barton Fink said...

Knox brings out strong emotions, and this case pushes all kinds of buttons, clearly. But I don't think she's guilty of murder -- even though her odd behavior sets off alarms left and right. I think she is a somewhat eccentric personality who drew attention to herself and became the lead suspect because of her personality (cartwheels, the Nazi photo, making out on the doorstep while the body was being moved, the lingerie shop thing, etc., etc.). I just don't think she's a murderer, though.

timebob said...

All she is guilty of is being an American exchange student that the locals hate. They come into their towns, take their jobs, have sex with their men & woman and take off.

Amanda was convicted in the court of Italian public opinion. The courts just followed suit to save face. Feel sorry for ex Italian boyfriend that will have to suffer the brunt of it alone in jail again for almost 30 years now.

The real murderer was convicted years ago.

Bessie Smith said...

Forensics show that there was more than one killer, and Meredith's body shows that she was restrained. There is physical evidence that there were more than one killer.

K said...

Krab said...
..... Luckily, in the United States, trials proceed on evidence, which in this case was completely bungled by the inept Italians.

Have just pissed myself laughing at that statement. How many trials have been run on bungled or false evidence in the US? Purlease.

As for Knox, she definitely had something to do with the murder of Meredith, she'll never tell now since I believe she's enjoying her safety and 'celebrity' in US and feels nice and protected. She may very well be extradited, since the world will not stand for so much one way traffic of extraditions to US, but relatively few on the way out. Plus the verdict was the result of an appeal, it's not another trial. Italy doesn't have Double Jeopardy. US wants to extradite an Autistic man who hacked their computers to US to 'face justice', but doesn't want to send a probable killer back to face justice in another country? Pah.

K said...

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors, Bessie Smith: What you both said.

Topper Madison said...

And exactly what would be the motive for these three acquaintances to conspire and slaughter an innocent girl so violently? They'd all have to be criminally psychotic, and quite frankly, I don't see that coincident occurring--random strangers meeting each other in a short period of time and all getting off on gruesomely murdering a young lady.

I don't know what happened in Italy, but I think it's a much more likely scenario that in order to deter panic, the police needed suspects in custody right away, and they had to back the arrest up with justification. Police are imperfect, too, and they are sometimes pressured to make facts fit theories rather than theories to fit the facts--to quote Sir Conan Doyle.

I don't know about you, but if I came home and found my roommate brutally murdered in her bed, I know I'd be pretty mentally and emotionally effed up for a good, long while. And guess what? Police have a long history of using abusive techniques to get confessions from innocent people--even here in America:http://www.1011now.com/home/headlines/41297877.html

As far as the rationale that more than one person was needed to kill Meredith in this manner, that's B.S. Sadly, one man can restrain and rape and violently kill one woman. It's horrifically been done often enough.

Maybe we should all question why Amanda Knox is the only focus here? What about the third alleged conspirator? He seems to be never mentioned. Think about that. Where's the public outrage at his alleged horrific crimes?

This whole thing is so effed up.