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    Meredith Kercher murdered - Amanda Knox convicted, now appeals #7

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    Appeal is to be decided in March 2011.

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    Pardon the intrusion -- it feels like I'm entering a private conversation. In the previous thread Otto wrote (post 287):

    We can't have it both ways. Either Knox is a normal, educated, healthy, average person, or she is a feeble minded, helpless, person that cannot distinguish between helping and telling lies, and cannot adapt to new situations without difficulty.
    I wonder if these are necessarily the only two options. It seems to me at least one other possibility is a selfish, thoughtless, twenty year old who could be irresponsible and prefer hanging out and smoking some pot or drinking to working, and who maybe couldn't see out of her own bubble well enough to be attuned to others around her or understand how her actions appeared to others. Which sort of sounds like an awful lot of ordinary twenty year olds who are self-absorbed without being sociopathic.

    I'm not defending AK or her actions (if these second- and third-hand reports are true), just trying to offer other possible interpretations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angel10510 View Post
    Pardon the intrusion -- it feels like I'm entering a private conversation. In the previous thread Otto wrote (post 287):



    I wonder if these are necessarily the only two options. It seems to me at least one other possibility is a selfish, thoughtless, twenty year old who could be irresponsible and prefer hanging out and smoking some pot or drinking to working, and who maybe couldn't see out of her own bubble well enough to be attuned to others around her or understand how her actions appeared to others. Which sort of sounds like an awful lot of ordinary twenty year olds who are self-absorbed without being sociopathic.

    I'm not defending AK or her actions (if these second- and third-hand reports are true), just trying to offer other possible interpretations.
    If this conversation is private, you are most certainly included, angel!

    I agree with you re AK. As SleuthyGal said on the last thread, most of AK's "inappropriate" behavior would just seem like run-of-the-mill immaturity if she hadn't been accused of murder.

    The false statements are another matter, of course, but also not uncommon, given the pressure of the situation. AK's immaturity may have contributed to that as well.

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    Hi angel! Welcome to the discussion. Nothing private about it, and everyone is welcome.

    I happen to concur with your thoughts. I've always viewed AK as a (somewhat typical) immature 20 yr old college gal, but also flaky, not a great communicator, seems to have trouble staying on one train of thought at a time (at least that's my impression through her writings and speech patterns). Add in smoking pot and some drinking, and she doesn't present as a pulled-together young woman. But lots of gals her age aren't either, so that's not very unusual. I probably wouldn't have been friends with her if I were that age and had met her since I tend more towards the serious and am not a partier.

    That doesn't make her a sociopath or a murderer. Heck, she could be the biggest pot smoking, boozing, flirty, bed-hopping, STI-carrying, flaky, spoiled floozy around, and that also doesn't make her murderer.

    Only committing murder would make her a murderer and there is no clear forensic or witness statement evidence that she committed a murder.

    There is evidence that she had some interaction with the location of the crime (i.e. the apt) after bloodshed, but there is nothing that actually proves she was in the apt during the crime or participated in MK's murder. Even her rambling statements, in which she imagines herself to be in the apt, don't have her in MK's room. And there is no evidence showing she was ever in MK's room during the murder either.

    That is why I see reasonable doubt in the case. Involved? Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe isn't a good enough level for me to say "GUILTY!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by SleuthyGal View Post
    Hi angel! Welcome to the discussion. Nothing private about it, and everyone is welcome.

    I happen to concur with your thoughts. I've always viewed AK as a (somewhat typical) immature 20 yr old college gal, but also flaky, not a great communicator, seems to have trouble staying on one train of thought at a time (at least that's my impression through her writings and speech patterns). Add in smoking pot and some drinking, and she doesn't present as a pulled-together young woman. But lots of gals her age aren't either, so that's not very unusual. I probably wouldn't have been friends with her if I were that age and had met her since I tend more towards the serious and am not a partier.

    That doesn't make her a sociopath or a murderer. Heck, she could be the biggest pot smoking, boozing, flirty, bed-hopping, STI-carrying, flaky, spoiled floozy around, and that also doesn't make her murderer.

    Only committing murder would make her a murderer and there is no clear forensic or witness statement evidence that she committed a murder.

    There is evidence that she had some interaction with the location of the crime (i.e. the apt) after bloodshed, but there is nothing that actually proves she was in the apt during the crime or participated in MK's murder. Even her rambling statements, in which she imagines herself to be in the apt, don't have her in MK's room. And there is no evidence showing she was ever in MK's room during the murder either.

    That is why I see reasonable doubt in the case. Involved? Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe isn't a good enough level for me to say "GUILTY!"
    As I've said, I taught for 15 years at a well-known university and the only things that would have stood out about AK are (a) her obvious talent for languages, and (b) that she was charged with murder. Nothing reported about her drug use or sexual history are in any way remarkable.

    Neither the scattered nature of her writing nor its morbid subject matter is in any way surprising, for reasons i've explained at length. (I swear that most of my work with college freshman was getting them to write one or two pages in a coherent fashion. Anything longer than that was a lost cause for most; it seems to have something to do with how writing is taught in younger grades, but I don't pretend to be an expert on that.)

    I agree with SleuthyGal that we can't know everything that happened in the cottage that night, but there is no way the guilt of AK or RS has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. (And if that's not the burden of proof in Italy, too bad; it should be.)

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    Do not know where to put this........but lifetime channel just showed an advertisement for the 'Amanda Knox Story".............looking for the airtime.........
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    Passionflower,

    The Lifetime Amanda Knox movie will be airing Monday, February 21 at 9:00 pm EST. At 11:00 pm, they are doing a one hour special loooking at the case. I believe interviews with Amanda's familty will be included.

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    Knox Parents Ordered To Stand Trial for Libel

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/...ry?id=12919741

    The parents of Amanda Knox were ordered by an Italian judge today to stand trial for libel for saying in a newspaper interview that their daughter had been mistreated by homicide police during a night-long interrogation.

    Knox is appealing her murder conviction for the 2007 stabbing death of roommate Meredith Kercher. Part of her defense is that she was abused by police who grilled her for hours without an attorney present. She also claims the police cuffed her on the back of the head, denied her food and water, and yelled at her.

    During that overnight interrogation, Knox told police that she had a "vision" that she was in the cottage when Kercher was killed and heard her scream, placing herself at the scene of the crime. Although Knox tried to retract the statement the next morning, it was used as evidence against her in her trial which resulted in a 26 year prison term. Knox, who is from Seattle, has since been charged with slander for saying the police was abusive. Her parents, who repeated their daughter's explanation in an interview with Sunday Times of London in 2009, have now also been ordered tried for libel. The trial date for the parents, Edda Mellas and Curt Knox, was set for July 4 in Perugia, Italy. MORE AT LINK ABOVE

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    "Lawyers for U.S. student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend, who were found guilty of killing Knox's British roommate in Italy, have formally demanded that U.S. television channel Lifetime scrap a planned film about their trial.

    Attorneys Carlo Dalla Vedova and Luca Maori said Saturday they had sent letters to Lifetime warning they would go to U.S. court to try to sequester the film if it isn't canceled and a trailer removed from Lifetime's website.

    "Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy," which features "Heroes" star Hayden Panettiere in the title role, is due to air Feb. 21.

    There was no answer at Lifetime's New York offices Saturday."

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/...n7321624.shtml
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisyjane View Post
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/...ry?id=12919741

    The parents of Amanda Knox were ordered by an Italian judge today to stand trial for libel for saying in a newspaper interview that their daughter had been mistreated by homicide police during a night-long interrogation.

    Knox is appealing her murder conviction for the 2007 stabbing death of roommate Meredith Kercher. Part of her defense is that she was abused by police who grilled her for hours without an attorney present. She also claims the police cuffed her on the back of the head, denied her food and water, and yelled at her.

    During that overnight interrogation, Knox told police that she had a "vision" that she was in the cottage when Kercher was killed and heard her scream, placing herself at the scene of the crime. Although Knox tried to retract the statement the next morning, it was used as evidence against her in her trial which resulted in a 26 year prison term. Knox, who is from Seattle, has since been charged with slander for saying the police was abusive. Her parents, who repeated their daughter's explanation in an interview with Sunday Times of London in 2009, have now also been ordered tried for libel. The trial date for the parents, Edda Mellas and Curt Knox, was set for July 4 in Perugia, Italy. MORE AT LINK ABOVE
    This seems a bit excessive to me. I mean, they weren't there, so it's basically hearsay, right? They are obviously going to believe what their daughter says to be true.


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    Quote Originally Posted by missyjane77 View Post
    This seems a bit excessive to me. I mean, they weren't there, so it's basically hearsay, right? They are obviously going to believe what their daughter says to be true.
    I think that is the point ... they weren't there, so they don't know what happened. They are more than welcome to believe their daughter, but when they are aware of the fact that police say it isn't true, and then repeat their daughter's claims in the EU news, that becomes a problem. Going from memory, but isn't that the problem ... that they announced the lies as truth on British television?

    "Knox's parents also face slander charges for repeating their daughter's claims to a British newspaper, but her mother isn't worried.

    "The lawyers have told me that the charges, especially mine, to not worry [about]. She has the right under Italian law to defend herself and tell her side of the story, which is what she's done. I don't think they are particularly worried about that. [It's] just one more thing we have to go through," Edda Mellas, Knox's mother, told CBS' "The Early Show" Monday. "

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/...n6904181.shtml

    The parents of Amanda Knox were ordered by an Italian judge today to stand trial for libel for saying in a newspaper interview that their daughter had been mistreated by homicide police during a night-long interrogation. ... Part of her defense is that she was abused by police who grilled her for hours without an attorney present. She also claims the police cuffed her on the back of the head, denied her food and water, and yelled at her. ...Her parents, who repeated their daughter's explanation in an interview with Sunday Times of London in 2009, have now also been ordered tried for libel. ... The preliminary hearing judge charged that "in particular, they said, contrary to the truth, that Amanda had not been assisted by an interpreter, that she hadn't been given food or water, that she had been abused both physically and verbally," and finally "that she had been slapped on the back of the head and threatened," according to the Italian news agency ANSA.

    Libel is a criminal charge in Italy that carries a sentence of six months to three years, as well as a fine. If convicted the parents would be unlikely to serve any time since they have no previous judicial record."

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/...ry?id=12919741
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    So the parents are guilty of what? Believing their daughter? This is ridiculous and my opinion of ILE sinks lower with every passing day.

    I don't know what the Umbrian authorities think they accomplishing, but they've taken me from believing AK and RS are probably guilty to believing they are almost certain innocent.

    ILE is way too quick to arrest and charge people. A little common sense (not to mention human compassion) ought to applied.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    So the parents are guilty of what? Believing their daughter? This is ridiculous and my opinion of ILE sinks lower with every passing day.

    I don't know what the Umbrian authorities think they accomplishing, but they've taken me from believing AK and RS are probably guilty to believing they are almost certain innocent.
    They are charged with libel, not yet guilty of anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by otto View Post
    I think that is the point ... they weren't there, so they don't know what happened. They are more than welcome to believe their daughter, but when they are aware of the fact that police say it isn't true, and then repeat their daughter's claims in the EU news, that becomes a problem. Going from memory, but isn't that the problem ... that they announced the lies as truth on British television?
    So the police couldn't be lying?

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    Quote Originally Posted by otto View Post
    They are charged with libel, not yet guilty of anything.
    It's true the parents have not been proven guilty. But ILE has charged them, which is a claim of guilt. It was to that claim I referred.

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