NBC against italian judges on Amanda Knox’s innocence October 21, 2008Posted by dorigo in news.
Tags: crime, Kercher, Knox
Almost exactly one year ago Meredith Kercher (left), an English girl studying in Perugia, was found dead in her bedroom, in the apartment she rented along with another student, Amanda Knox (below). The setting appeared at once that of a sexual crime, but investigations were initially complicated by several factors, including Knox’s accusation of an african who was later found innocent, and the clear traces of a clumsy attempt at simulating the breaking in the apartment of an intruder through one of the windows.
The process has recently started, and of course it is attracting a lot of media attention. The killing and raping of a young woman, the nationality of the characters, the angel face of Amanda, are all headline-worth factors. Yesterday NBC broadcast a video of italian police operations, with lawyer Ann Bremner commenting on their ineptitude in handling the evidence, and claiming innocence for the US girl. The video shows italian policemen collecting samples without a hair protection, or blood stains without caring to retrieve a footprint. The italian investigators are infuriated by the video; they explain that the images do not refer to the apartment where the crime has been committed.
The NBC campaign is not the first ingerence of the US in the investigations. First, Joe Tacopina, a peculiar lawyer hired by ABC, had come to Italy to take the defense of Knox without her consent, and had accused the italian judges of incompetence, before moving on to deal with a soccer deal with the Roma team. Then Michael Heavey, a Seattle judge who is a neighbor of the Knox family, had written a letter to the italian judge directing the investigations, pleading the innocence of Amanda on the basis of his own conviction that she could not possibly be a criminal.
It looks like this case is going to stay hot in the news for a while. Since a verdict of innocence for the accused trio -Knox, Sollecito, Guede- is very unlikely, and since italian justice foresees up to three degrees of judgement before one can safely claim what the truth was (whatever that means), we are going to hear more of the story for quite a while.