Amanda Knox Case Media Archive

The Amanda Knox Case Media Archive: Below are media reports, op-eds and blogs, journal articles, dissertations, thesis papers, and legal analysis about the murder of Meredith Kercher and trials of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito starting November 2, 2007 through to the acquittal by Italy’s Supreme Court in March 2015.

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2007

Meredith Kercher
Meredith Kercher – A beautiful young woman who had her life stolen from her by Rudy Guede in an act of pure evil.

Italian police investigate fatal stabbing of British student UK Guardian. November 2, 2007 – Italian police are investigating the death of a British student who was yesterday found with a deep cut to her throat in a house in the city of Perugia. A spokesman for the British embassy in Rome named her as Meredith Kercher, 21.

Flatmate and friends held by Italian police over murder of British student The Guardian, November 7 – Italian Interior Minister Giuliano Amato declares all 3 guilty: “It’s an ugly story in which people which this girl had in her home, friends, tried to force her into relations which she didn’t want.”

Grisly Murder Case Intrigues Italian University City NY Times, November 13, 2007 – “There are not many killings in Perugia, none like this one, and thus the mystery.”

Mainz/Koblenz, In Italien gesuchter Tatverdächtiger eines Tötungsdeliktes als Schwarzfahrer festgenommen November 20 – Rudy Guede is arrested in the German city of Mainz after traveling without a ticket on a train bound for Frankfurt.

Corona ‘punta’ su Patrick “Ora con me potrà sfondare” November 23 – Fabrizio Corona: ‘I got in touch with him because he is an interesting character which can break through. Unlike many other people in the show, at least he knows how to do something.”

Il prezzo della cronaca è esagerato? December 4 – Lumumba sells Mail on Sunday interview for 70 000 euros.

Lumumba works with Fabrizio Corona December 6 – Corona says: “He could be huge”

Germans extradite Kercher murder suspect UK Guardian, December 7, 2007 – “Two weeks ago it emerged that Guede, a convicted drugs dealer, went dancing at a club after the murder of the 21-year-old, who was found semi-naked with her throat cut on November 1. Witnesses have told police that they saw him at the Domus disco from 2am until 4.30am on Friday November 2.”

Hundreds attend Meredith funeral BBC, December 14 – Hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral of murdered student Meredith Kercher. The funeral was followed by a private burial at Mitcham Road Cemetery, near Croydon.

2008

Amanda Knox cottage Via della Pergola 7 Perugia
Via della Pergola 7 – The cottage came to be known as “The House of Horrors” in the weeks following the tragedy.

Omicidio Perugia, dna di Sollecito sul reggiseno di Meredith Kercher La Repubblica, January 10 – First leak of Raffaele Sollecito’s DNA on the hook.

Murder most foul, but have Italian newspapers already convicted a suspect? Guardian Blog, April 2008

Perugia’s Prime Suspect by Judy Bachrach. Vanity Fair, May 2008

Amanda Knox: the first in-depth interview with her parents by John Follain. The Sunday Times, June, 2008

Perugia, chiesto maxirisarcimento “Ai familiari di Metz 25 milioni” October 2008 – In the reconstruction that the prosecutors presented in the hearing on Friday, the murder of Meredith was premeditated and was a ritual to celebrate the occasion of Halloween night. A sexual ritual in which the British student was stabbed in the throat by Amanda Knox, while Rudy Guede choked and Raffaele Sollecito held her. “They killed her – said the prosecutor – because Meredith refused to participate in specific sexual games of the group.”

Crime and punishment, Italian-style by John Hooper. The Guardian, October 2008 – “Is it blood money? Many in Britain were shocked to learn that lawyers for the parents of Meredith Kercher, the Leeds university student murdered last year while studying in Italy, were seeking €25m (£19m) damages from her alleged killer. In Italy, no one was surprised, even if some did think the amount excessive.”

Conspiracy theorists latch on to Meredith Kercher murder Croydon Guardian, November 2008 – A conspiracy theory website that claims to report the true account of the death of Coulsdon student Meredith Kercher has surfaced on the internet. The site focuses on a number of powerpoint presentations compiled by a poster called ‘Kermit’.

Amanda Knox: Italian Murder Mystery by Jan Goodwin. Marie Claire Magazine, December 2008 – Studying abroad should have been a grand adventure. Instead, Amanda Knox has spent a year in jail, accused by a corrupt legal system of murdering her roommate.

La Repubblica L’omicidio di Meredith Kercher 2008 Articles

2009

Amanda Knox arriving to court for the verdict in 2009
Amanda arriving to court to hear the verdict December 4, 2009

Meredith, incursione nella casa del delitto per terra coltelli e una candela, forse un rito February 18, 2009 – Intruders break into the cottage and perform a ‘rite’ laying knives in the kitchen and lighting a candle.

Perugia, giallo nella casa del delitto Rubato il materasso e i coltelli di Meredith March 21, 2009 – Intruders break into the cottage again and steal Meredith’s mattress, two pillows and a suitcase with knives inside.

Mez, arrestato testimone Albanese February 2009 – ‘Superwitness’ Hekuran Kokomani arrested for 8 grams of cocaine.

I delittacci italiani seducono l’America by Seba Pezzani, Il Giornale, August 31, 2009 – Fiction writer Joe Cottonwood says: “The murder of Meredith Kercher is one of those mirrors that reflect the prejudices of the investigators. There is no clear evidence or credible motives. I hate the prosecutor, who has his equal in every American city: a bully and intellectually dishonest and what matters most is to finish on the front page rather than serve justice. All the world over. Power and prejudice are the enemies of justice.” (Joe Cottonwood was threatened with legal action by Giuliano Mignini for these comments)

U.S. Student Delivers Appeal at End of Italian Trial New York Times, December 3, 2009 – In a trembling voice the day before a jury is expected to begin deliberating her fate, the student, Amanda Knox, 22, thanked her family and friends, the jurors and even the prosecutors. “They are trying to do their work even if they don’t understand,” she said in Italian nearly perfected during her time in prison. “It plays like a great crime story, like a television series,” said Gianluca Nicoletti, a cultural commentator for Il Sole 24 Ore radio. “But in the end, years have gone by and what are we talking about? Who killed her? With what? With what motive?”

Italian Jury Convicts U.S. Student of Murder New York Times, December 5, 2009 – “In their closing arguments, prosecutors showed the jury an animated simulation of the night of the crime. It showed a cartoon version of Ms. Knox getting into a fight with Ms. Kercher in the victim’s room, while Mr. Sollecito held a knife and Mr. Guede held her from behind and reached a hand into her underwear.”

The slut-shaming of Amanda Knox: an old and ugly Italian pattern plays out again by Hugo Schwyzer, December 4, 2009 – “Make no mistake, I grieve the loss of Meredith Kercher and the horrible way she died. But I have little doubt that if Knox had been a little less pretty, a little less sexual, and a little less American, she’d never have spent a day in prison for her roommate’s murder. On her behalf, and on behalf of others like her, I am very angry tonight.”

Crowds and media gather for the Amanda Knox verdict December 2009
The media and crowds waiting for the verdict December 4, 2009. Journalist Nina Burleigh said it was like a modern-day burning of an American witch. The only thing missing was torches and pitchforks.

Amanda Knox: ‘She-Devil’ or Victim of Anti-Americanism? by Melinda Henneberger, Politics Daily. December 6, 2009 – “But I think it would be hard to argue that the six members of the Knox jury who came to court draped, literally, in the colors of the Italian flag, were unbiased arbiters of the facts of the case.”

An American in the Italian Wheels of Justice New York Times Blog, December 2009 – George P. Fletch says: “I think this is a scandal of the first order”

OJ Simpson lawyer slams ‘lynching’ of Amanda Knox The First Post, December 2009 – John Q Kelly says: “This case is probably the most egregious international railroading of two innocent young people that I have ever seen”

Juror in Amanda Knox Case Says Verdict Was ‘Agonizing Decision’ ABC News, December 2009 – “It was hard to envision Knox doing this,” she said. “But it is possible. … We can all drink too much, then get in a car and drive.”

Meredith Kercher murder: guilty verdicts put spotlight on Italian justice by John Hooper. The Guardian, December 5, 2009 – “Sentencing to life imprisonment two young people, aged 22 and 25, would mean destroying their lives forever but letting them off would mean gainsaying not only the entire investigation, but also the judges who have reached decisions before them.” “And in this case there were many people with reputations at stake: the detectives who investigated the murder, Perugia’s prosecutors, who oversaw their inquiry, and the judges who indicted Knox and Sollecito and decided that the evidence was sufficient to keep them locked up for more than two years.”

Can Anyone Get a Fair Trial in Italy? Foreign Police Magazine, December 2009 – What the Amanda Knox verdict tells us about the Italian legal system.

Amanda Knox friends speak out Today Show, December 7, 2009

Amanda Knox: The troubling doubts over Foxy Knoxy’s role in Meredith Kercher’s murder By Tom Rawstorne, Mail on Sunday, December 9, 2009 – “Despite the verdict of the Italian jury last week, there remain more questions than answers as to how the 21-year-old Briton met her gruesome death while studying in Perugia.”

Delitto di Perugia, pena ridotta a Guede Corriere della Sera, December 22, 2009 – The Court of Assizes of Perugia has reduced from 30 to 16 years, the sentence imposed on Rudy Guede.

La Repubblica L’omicidio di Meredith Kercher 2009 Articles

2010

retired fbi agent Steve Moore on Good Morning America
Game Changer: Retired FBI Agent Steve Moore started speaking out in 2010 after investigating the case.

Amanda Knox’s lawyers file appeal in Perugia by Bob Graham, UK Telegraph. April 2010 – Chris Mellas, Knox’s step-father who is currently in Perugia, said yesterday: “Our lawyers asked for everything, every file and record relating to the forensic testing. We were given some of the stuff, like what was on Meredith’s shoes or a juice glass but not the full reports on the knife used or the bra-clasp.” Deputy prosecutor Manuela Comodi brushed off the request for all forensic documentation and added: “They have everything they need. That is enough.”

Caso Mez, Matteini presidente della Corte August 2010 – Judge Matteini Chiari is suggested to preside over the Knox/Sollecito appeal, not assigned.

Amanda Knox is Innocent of Brutal Murder, Retired FBI Agent Claims By Nikki Battiste and Sarah Netter via Good Morning America. September 2010

Perugia: Finance Police bust Albanian Mafia drug traffickers September 2010

School of Knox November 2010 – Amanda receives support from her former school and teacher.

What Really Happened to Meredith Kercher? December 2010 – Ron Hendry steps forward with a detailed and precise reconstruction of the crime.

The Power Of A Lie by Jim Lovering

La Repubblica L’omicidio di Meredith Kercher 2010 Articles

2011

Antonio Curatolo heroin dealer
The fall of Toto: The former star witness was now a convicted and incarcerated heroin dealer when he testified at the 2011 appeal.

Omicidio Mez, è battaglia sull’arma del delitto. I periti: «Aprire quel coltello». Il no dell’accusa Umbria 24, January 22, 2011 – Opening the handle of the knife: The defense of Knox and Sollecito have rather predictably said yes at every opportunity to study, because the goal of the process has always been getting the truth. Kercher family attorney Francesco Maresca says “It a request that can not be accepted”

Crime in Perugia: The “collapse” of the prosecution during the appeal process by Giangavino Sulas. Oggi Magazine, April 2011

The Neverending Nightmare of Amanda Knox by Nathaniel Rich. Rolling Stone, Magazine June 2011

Key witness against Amanda Knox charged with drug dealing Komo News, June 2011 – Antonio Toto Curatolo was charged with dealing narcotics following a police investigation that allegedly caught him selling illegal drugs for 30 euros per dose.

“Delitto di Perugia, Amanda Knox e Raffaele Sollecito sono innocenti” GQ Magazine Italy. June 2011 (English) – “This could be one of the most important judicial errors of recent years.” says criminologist Giorgia Quadri.

Amanda Knox is a witch? Sorry, are we living in 1486? by Joan Smith. The Guardian, September 2011

Unarresting the Arrested:FBI Profiler John Douglas on the case against Amanda Knox & Raffaele Sollecito September 2011

Indepentent experts Profs. Carla Vecchiotti and Stefano Conti of the University of Rome
Profs Stefano Conti and Carla Vecchiotti of the University of Rome – Their report demolished the so called DNA evidence once and for all.

Why There Will Always Be Three Amanda Knoxes by Nina Burleigh. Time, September 2011 – “Adding to the selective information download, journalists in Italy approached the case with a casual attitude toward facts. If a lawyer said something — anything — it was broadcast or printed, subject to debate, but rarely if ever an official correction.”

The Daily Beast and Amanda Knox’s Trial By Media New York Observer, October 2011

How weak DNA evidence railroaded—and then rescued—Amanda Knox by John Timmer. October 2011

The Question Amanda Knox Left Behind – Can we stop this happening again? by Katie Crouch. Slate, Oct 2011

Amanda Knox, Meredith Kercher and the media by Nina Burleigh. The Guardian, October 2011

Amanda Knox: police under fire over botched investigation by John Hopper. The Guardian, October 2011

As Amanda Knox Heads Home, the Debate Is Just Getting Started by Rachel Donadio, NY Times October 2011 – “But to many Italians, the case was a humiliation, an American media circus that came to a sleepy Umbria hill town and depicted Italy as a banana republic with amateur police officers and compromised magistrates.”

Amanda Knox and American Justice by Vittorio Zucconi. La Repubblica, October 2011

Amanda Knox Media and Newspaper headlines
The acquittal headlines from around the world

No fair trials when you’re fair game Sunday Telegraph, October 2011

Doug Preston Article: NOT GUILTY The Guardian, October 2011

Trial and error: Interview with Carlo Dalla Vedova, Amanda Knox’s Italian-Irish lawyer By Jennifer O’Connell. October 2011 – ‘‘I never had any doubts,” he says. ‘‘It was a mistake from the beginning, a case that should never have come to trial.”

Un perito pontremolese per Raffaele Sollecito October 5, 2011 – Sollecito defense consultant Dr Antonio D’Ambrosio celebrates the acquittal of Raffaele Sollecito.

Between Journalist and Advocate: The Amanda Knox Case By Kate Zernike October 7, 2011

We’ll be listening: Amanda Knox case reveals the extent of Italian wiretapping Crimesider, November 2011 – 39 952 wiretaps with 29 missing of Amanda and Raffaele talking to each other before being arrested.

Hounding Amanda Knox’s Supporters by Alix Kirsta – True-crime author

La Repubblica L’omicidio di Meredith Kercher 2011 Articles

2012

Muore a Spoleto Antonio Curatolo August 11, 2012 – Incarcerated heroin dealer dies.

Raffaele Sollecito talks to “48 Hours” correspondent Peter Van Sant CBS News, September 24, 2012

Raffaele Sollecito brings new book to Seattle by Molly Shen, KOMO News, September 24, 2012

La verità di Raffaele by Frank Sfarzo (Oggi N.40) September 2012

“My memories of Meredith Kercher” by Monique Rivalland. The Times, October, 2012 – “Five years after her friend was murdered, Monique Rivalland can finally see through her despair to the happy times they had together.”

ARCHIVIO PENALE 2012, n. 2 by Giuseppe Castellini – They were tipped off November 5 arrests were coming and Lumumba’s name is mentioned.

2013

Amanda Knox in Oggi Magazine May 2013
Amanda Knox: The American girl’s sensational story – Oggi Magazine May 2013

Idaho DNA Expert Shocked That Amanda Knox Faces A New Trial Boise State Public Radio, March 2013

Amanda Knox’s retrial puts Italian justice in the dock by Joan Smith. The Guardian, March 2013 – “It also confirms the reluctance of the Italian authorities to let go of a misogynist fantasy which has turned the case into a prolonged media circus. The central mystery of this case is not the identity of the murderer but the steely determination of the Italian authorities to drag in two other suspects, Knox and Sollecito.”

Amanda Knox and the Tragedy of Italian Justice by Olga Khazan. The Atlantic, March 2013 – “The entire investigation was marred by staggering errors. Now, a retrial will drag Knox and the country’s court system back into the spotlight.”

The Judge who acquitted them: “I challenge anybody to say that there was certain evidence” March 2013 – Judge Hellmann media interview.

Perugia, truffa, calunnia e infedele patrocinio: indagato l’avvocato di Patrick Lumumba March 2013 – Lumumba attorney Carlo Pacelli under investigation for fraud, slander & professional misconduct.

Tales From the Prison of International Notoriety – Amanda Knox’s Memoir A review by by Michiko Kakutani. NY Times, April 21, 2013

“Burn Her at the Stake” By Douglas Preston. Slate, April 2013 – “Amanda Knox was acquitted of murder. Why do so many people still hate her so much?”

The Butterfly Effect Seattle Weekly April 2013 – How the trial of Amanda Knox, half a world away, made a bunch of Americans miserable, spawned a justice league, and maybe started a scientific revolution. Maybe. Hate site blogger Peggy Ganong says: “Like many of the actual journalists who really covered it . . . I am tired of the whole thing.”

Why Seattle Loves Amanda Knox by James Ross Gardner. Seattle Met. May 2013

Why Italy judges keep tormenting Knox: Column By Douglas Preston USA. Today, March 2013 – “Justice system born in a police state protects only itself. Defendants like Knox are just pawns.”

Amanda Knox Oggi magazine cover
“Amanda: I am still afraid” – Oggi Mazagine September 2013

Amanda Knox: The American girl’s sensational story by Alessandro Penna. Oggi Magazine n20 May 15, 2013 – “Chilling. No other adjectives come to mind after having read Waiting to be Heard, finally released in the United States. An extremely detailed and very serious charge against the police and magistrates who conducted the investigation into the murder of Meredith Kercher.”

Meredith, la Cassazione motiva l’annullamento: “Possibile gioco erotico finito male” June 2013 – Supreme Court motivation “Possible erotic game gone wrong”

Italian judges attack decision to retry Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito June 2013 – Judge Hellmann speaks out.

Meredith, guerra tra magistrati: “Già scritta condanna per Amanda e Raffaele” June 2013 – Judge Hellmann: “They delivered the Court of Assizes of Florence a judgement already ready-made, telling them what they must do in order to convict the two defendants.”

Bloody Abroad by Merve Emre. Boston Review June 2013

On Being Off: The Case of Amanda Knox by Tom Dibblee. LA Review of Books, August 2013

Amanda in Wonderland by Nathaniel Rich. The New York Review of Books, August 2013

Amanda Knox: Trial hell left me broke and broken by Bob Graham. New York Post, September 2013

The Murder Of Meredith Kercher by Karen Purett Oct 2013

Amanda Knox retrial: judge allows new DNA test on alleged murder weapon The Guardian, October 2013 – “But in a blow for Knox and Sollecito, the court rejected almost all their lawyers’ requests for further evidence or testimony.”

Raffaele Sollecito in the courtroom in Florence
Raffaele Sollecito in the courtroom in Florence November 7, 2013

“My Brother’s Trial Ruined My Life” by Vanessa Sollecito. Cosmopolitan Magazine, November 2013

Former boyfriend of Amanda Knox tells Meredith Kercher murder retrial he is not ‘a ruthless killer’ and begs to be left to live a normal life by Emma Thomas, Daily Mail. November 7, 2013 – Raffaele Sollecito: ‘I was thrown into a maximum security prison. I wouldn’t wish on anyone in the world the experience that I had to go through,’ he said. ‘It was a nightmare that went beyond any imagination.’

Stolen Dreams: An Interview with Vanessa Sollecito December 2013 – Vanessa: “Eventually, this destroyed my life completely. At the beginning, lots of people stayed close to me, but mostly out of curiosity, I discovered. After the first trial, lots of them disappeared — some trusted the TV and the media, and believed that Raf was guilty. Some were scared of the heaviness of the problem and its implications. Some were tired of trying to help me, because some of the worst aspects of my particular character came out under the circumstances.”

Italy, Judge Thyself by Jim Snowden. December 2013 – “For me, Italy’s fate as much as Knox’s is at stake in these proceedings, because Knox’s trials and false imprisonment are in many ways an indictment of faults in Italian society, faults that made it easier for the Italian public, press, and jury to credit the charges against her, and faults that make it harder to hold those responsible for this ongoing legal farce accountable for their behavior. From the beginning, this case has been a toxic stew of misogyny, tabloid sensationalism, journalistic intimidation, and unaccountable police and prosecutors.”

Retired Judge Mike Heavey & Retired FBI Agent Steve Moore Discuss the Amanda Knox Case With Injustice Anywhere Radio

2014

Raffaele Sollecito Florence appeal trial
Team Sollecito on verdict day at the Florence appeal trial January 30, 2014

Heartwarming friendship of wrongly convicted Ryan Ferguson and Amanda Knox as the 29-year-old jailed for 10 years reveals how Amanda’s book got him through the hardest days Daily Mail, January 2014 – ‘I knew about Amanda’s case while I was in prison. They’re at this crucial point with their lives right now and to not say something, not speak up to not help spread awareness, it would be negligent,’ Ferguson said.

Knox and Sollecito murder verdict: as it happened UK Telegraph, January 2014

Perché Amanda e Raffaele sono innocent January 2014 – The thesis of Elena Colombo, a journalist of the Fourth Degree who has followed the process from its very early stages.

Attorney: Amanda Knox verdict is ‘outrage!’ By Darren Kavinoky, January 2014 – Darren Kavinoky is a criminal defense attorney at the Kavinoky Law Firm in California.

Why Knox Verdict Baffles Us by Nina Burleigh January 31, 2014

Veteran Forensic Scientist Examines Negligence in the Collection of Evidence Against Amanda Knox By Dena Weiss. February 5, 2014 – Weiss is a crime scene investigator and a fingerprint expert for a central Florida police department.

Was Amanda Knox a political pawn in Italian politics? By Doug Longhini/CBS News/February 7, 2014

The Amanda Knox verdict isn’t justice for Meredith Kercher. It’s a witch-hunt by Joan Smith. UK Independent 2 February 2014

Amanda Knox: Italian justice on trial by Nigel Scott 3 February 2014

Trial By Osmosis: Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito and the Nightmare of Italian Justice by Andrew Gumbel, February 11, 2014

Down the Rabbit Hole with Amanda Knox: Forsaking Legal Shangri-la Hard Thinking Blog, March 2014

The Amanda Knox Case, Between Right of Information and Right to Privacy by Luigi Manna. March 2014 – Amanda Knox wins civil case in Milan against RCS Media Group.

Amanda e Raffaele: se nel nuovo processo cambia il movente by Domenico Marocchi, Giornalista tv Rai1 – Prosecutor Crini: “Meredith Kercher murdered because of an unflushed toilet.”

Amanda Knox trial was just a farce by Frederick Forsyth

A Porta Santa Susanna “L’Atene del fascismo” – Perugia as THE university town of Italian fascism (Università per Stranieri was founded during fascist era).

Perugia, il centro storico e la narrazione taroccata – Perugia’s wealth significantly depends on the number of students.

Amanda Knox’s trial by media: guilty before proven innocent? – Alice Corr worries about the role of the press in the case of the death of Meredith Kercher.

Amanda Knox Is Joffrey: Fighting The SVU-Obsessed Narcissistic Trolls Who Want To Live In Her World by Stephen Robert Morse

All the Pretty Witches by Eric Dezenhall. Huffington Post March 10, 2013

Knox and Sollecito: Victims of a Prosecutor’s ‘Conspiracy Theories’ to Explain Away DNA by Steve Drizin, Clinical law professor, Northwestern University School of Law and co-authored with Hannah Riley, a communications associate at the Innocence Project.

Raffaele Sollecito Co-Author: ‘Grotesque Miscarriage of Justice’ in Amanda Knox Trial – “What happened to them only compounded the tragedy of Meredith Kercher’s murder”

Amanda Knox Case: Judge Probably Understands Probability by Dr. Carrie Valentine, PhD

Is Amanda Knox extraditable from the United States to Italy? by Cherif Bassiouni April 4, 2014 – Cherif Bassiouni is Emeritus Professor of Law at DePaul University where he taught from 1964-2012. He is the author of International Extradition: United States Law and Practice, Sixth Edition.

Omicidio Meredith, “Amanda e Raffaele sul luogo del delitto. Il movente fu il litigio, non il sesso di gruppo” April 29, 2014 – Nencini motivation report released.

Una condanna a ogni costo La Stampa editorial April 2014 – “A conviction at any cost” (English)

Judge slams Knox conviction report May 2014 – The Italian judge who acquitted Amanda Knox in 2011 is speaking out in her defense.

The Ritual Sacrifice of Amanda Knox By Cedric Speyer. PsychCentral, May 2014.

Dancing Eyebrows, Amanda Knox, and Jerry Hobbs: Assessing Guilt Based On Body Language Is a Dangerous Game by Steve Drizin. Clinical law professor, Northwestern University School of Law

28enne si intrufola nella villetta dove è avvenuto l’omicidio di Meredith Kercher
Si intrufola nella villetta di Meredith e si mette a dormire, eroica donna delle pulizie May 2014 – An Albanian intruder is caught sleeping in the cottage.

Where Are All The Feminists? Why Amanda Knox’s Story Is About More Than Murder by Lisa Marie Basile, Huff Post, May 2014

An Open Letter to Francesco Maresca May 2014 – From the father of Riccardo Magherini, murdered by Maresca’s clients (the police) on March 3: “The questioning by lawyers representing the police accused of the beatings has been shameful in itself. They have been aggressive, shouting and arguing, pressurising and intimidating the witnesses, clutching at straws.”

Experts: Flawed DNA evidence used against Amanda Knox June 2014 – The presentation by experts Greg Hampikian and Tom Zupancic focused on errors made in collecting DNA at the crime scene that compromised the investigation and may have caused police to reach erroneous conclusions or allowed the evidence to be manipulated. “American attorneys … were stunned to hear how the Italian forensic analysts and prosecutors connected to the Knox-Sollecito case manipulated and withheld evidence in this case,” he said. “Such behavior would never have been tolerated in the American system. It shows an inherent contempt for fairness, the concept of justice and is a serious breach of acceptable judicial practices.”

Milano, Fregatti il killer folle con la passione per il calcio e la montagna June 2014 – An Amanda Knox guilter murders 3 people in Milan.

DNA laboratory fraud revealed in Amanda Knox case By Bruce Fischer June 2014

Meredith/ In oltre 450 pagine i ricorsi di Sollecito e Knox contro le condanne June 2014 – Appeal documents totalling 450 pages are filed with 24 grounds for appeal.

Omicidio Meredith, il processo per diffamazione ai genitori di Amanda va a Firenze: incombe la prescrizione June 2014 – Knox parents’ libel trial moved to Florence.

Processo Meredith: i punti cardine dell’appello di Sollecito contro la sentenza della Corte fiorentina by Bruno Brunori, Umbria Settegiorni, July 2014

«Processo Mez? Potevo farlo, ma non mi pento di aver scelto i Minori» Giornale dell’Umbria, July 14th, 2014 – Judge Matteini Chiari confirms he chose to take the assignment of President of the juvenile section and wasn’t reassigned.

Like So Many American Black Men, Amanda Knox’s Crime Was Being an Outsider by Nina Burleigh. New York Observer, September 2014

What It Feels Like to Be Wrongly Accused by Amanda Knox. Seattle Met Magazine, October 2014 – “I spent four years in an Italian prison for a crime I didn’t commit. And I am not alone.”

The view from inside the cold-case trollosphere by Catlin Dewey. Washington Post, October 2014 – “Meanwhile, defenders of Amanda Knox have for seven years waged a pitched battle for control over the Wikipedia page on her case — even establishing a pro-Knox wiki of their own.”

Negligent computer analysis revealed in Amanda Knox case by Bruce Fischer. November 2014

2015

amanda knox newsweek cover 3-19-2015
Nina Burleigh’s Newsweek article March 19, 2015

Escaping the Hell of Forced Confessions Daily Beast, January 2015 – Ryan Ferguson: He has also become friendly with the convicted, then exonerated, then convicted again Amanda Knox. They have met multiple times, and Ferguson says of Knox’s family, “They’re really loving wholesome good people. He adds there’s “no doubt in my mind that she’s innocent.”

Italy’s Persecution of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito Recalls the Dreyfus Affair by Michael Scadron, January 28, 2015 – “What had started as a campaign to win a conviction at any price, to save face for the police and magistrates involved in the case, had by this point transitioned into a more general mandate to restore the dignity of the Italian justice system.”

Professor Peter Gill interview on Italian documentary Delitti & Misteri January 29, 2015 – “Everyone is so blinded by the huge power of DNA profiling that the obvious falls by the wayside. So DNA always has to be considered in the context of the other evidence, and should never be considered by itself.”

Perugia, il grido della Stranieri: «Basta furti e aggressioni ai danni dei nostri student» February 2015 – “The students of Perugia’s Stranieri University are being victims of a wave of burglaries, in some cases the burglars reacted violently when surprised by the residents. Currently most of the foreign students in Perugia come from China under exchange programs in cooperation with other Italian universities. The Chinese authorities already warned that if nothing is done, next semester the students will be moved to other Italian cities due to the insecurity problem in Perugia. The Stranieri’s General Director is very concerned.”

Just be happy for Amanda Knox Salon, February 2015 – “The vitriol towards Knox isn’t as loud or consistent as it was in the heyday of her trial, but it still persists, and will, perhaps, forever.”

Closing Argument: Chips must fall The American Mag, February 2015

Will Amanda Knox Be Dragged Back to Italy in Murder Case? by Nina Burleigh. Newsweek, March 19, 2015 – Hellmann blames self-protection among the fraternity of magistrates (the civic category to which both judges and prosecutors belong) for the current conundrum. “It was simpler and more useful career-wise to convict them,” he says of his fellow judges. “You need to be within the system to understand. The magistratura is a sect. I never really got involved with the politics within it. I was just the kind of judge who did his work and that’s it. Inside the system, there are parties, and if you are not part of one of them, you are out of the game.”

Juror: I have grave doubts Amanda Knox was involved in Kercher’s death March 2015 – Juror who helped convict Amanda Knox has ‘grave doubts’ over American’s involvement in Meredith Kercher’s murder – and says there was an ‘atmosphere of guilt before the trial even began’

Troppo Pochi Gli Indizi Per Una Condanna Cosi Pesante by Alessandro Penna and Giangavino Sulas. Oggi Magazine, March 2015

Amanda Knox’s supporters expect her to be found guilty of murder for THIRD time this week as Italy’s top court rules on death of Meredith Kercher March 2015 – Jim Clemente ‘If they find her guilty, it’s an uphill battle to fight extradition, but I know many, many people who are fighting on her behalf. We’re talking lawyers, law enforcement agents and grassroots volunteers who all want to make sure she doesn’t have to go back and get unlawfully imprisoned’

When will they stop hounding Amanda Knox? by Nigel Scott. Spiked Online, March 2015 – “For Knox and Sollecito, the presumption of innocence never existed. A fair trial was not going to be allowed to happen, an attractive but demonical female suspect is far more newsworthy than an innocent girl who was framed.”

DNA evidence used against Amanda Knox is ‘like a fictional CSI TV show’ says Professor Peter Gill Daily Mail, March 2015

Omicidio Meredith: perché Amanda e Raffaele vanno assolti Panorama March 2015 – “No one can be convicted if there is no certain proof beyond a reasonable doubt of their guilt. And here there is a lot of doubt”

Meredith Kercher “uccisa solo da Guede”: Carmelo Lavorino, criminologo, convinto by Pino Nicotri March 31, 2015 – Italian criminologist and profiler Carmelo Lavorino explains Rudy Guede’s murder of Meredith Kercher.

Omicidio Meredith, Amanda assolta dall’accusa di aver calunniato la polizia di Perugia Umbria24 January 14, 2016 – “Amanda Knox was today acquitted by the judge of the court of Florence on the charge of slander against the police officers at the Flying Squad in Perugia.”

Meredith murder, no permits for Rudy Guede January 18, 2016 – “The surveillance judge said no to the first request for early release. The denial was months ago but today made public by his defenders as they appeal to the court of Rome.”

Perugia, now the lawyers abandon Guede January 22, 2016 – “The Ivorian goes on TV and opens a Facebook page, but finds himself without a lawyer”

Supreme Court Verdict

Seattle Times front page March 28, 2015
Seattle Times front page March 28, 2015

‘Meredith was my friend’: Amanda Knox makes tearful statement outside her Seattle home after she and Raffaele Sollecito were CLEARED by Italian court of murder Daily Mail. March 27, 2015

‘So grateful’: Amanda Knox saga ends in exoneration Seattle Times. March 27, 2015

Meredith Kercher murder: Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito acquitted The Guardian, March 27, 2015

Amanda Knox Acquitted of 2007 Murder by Italy’s Highest Court New York Times, March 2015 – Supporters of Ms. Knox and Mr. Sollecito reacted with joy. “It’s Over!” an advocacy group said via its Twitter account, @Justice4Knox.

Amanda Knox acquitted: Finally they are free. This was an outrageous miscarriage of justice by Peter Popham. UK Independent March 27, 2015

Kercher family have a bitter pill to swallow after verdict by Stephanie Kirchgaessner. The Guardian, March 27, 2015

Meredith, sentenza della Cassazione: Amanda Knox e Raffaele Sollecito assolti in via definitiva Umbria24. March 27, 2015 – “It’s all over. Forever and ever. No one will ever prosecute Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito now that the Italian justice acquitted them definitively for not having committed the crime.”

Amanda e Raffaele, assoluzione definitiva La Stampa. March 27, 2015 – “Acquitted for not having committed the crime. Resounding decision of the Supreme Court, which after almost 8 years and 5 hearings puts an end to the trial for the murder of Meredith Kercher.”

Raffaele Sollecito acquittal press conference
Raffaele Sollecito and attorney Giulia Bongiorno talking to the media at the post acquittal press conference March 30, 2015. “Don’t ever call me an assassin ever again”

Amanda Knox è pronta a chiedere i danni: “Riprendo la mia vita, è un sollievo enorme” La Stampa. March 28, 2015 – America toasts acquittal girl. But it is not over. The lawyers are at work: “We will ask for compensation for wrongful imprisonment”

Italia colpevole. Di colpevolismo by Maria Giovanna Maglie – “Eight years and five different judgements: that in itself says a lot about our court system. Meanwhile, in the newspapers and on the net are unleashed the Jacobins who wanted the condemnation a priori. We are a country that suffers from a chronic non-guarantor, and that gives the judges a salvific function stranger to liberal democracies”

Amanda Knox supporters: ‘The world decided to despise, denigrate and demean a kid’ by Nicky Woolf. The Guardian, March 28, 2015 – Colleen Conway, another supporter at Salty’s, said there was a difference between the “organised haters” and the “haters-at-large”. “The organised haters – those with the websites – have a variety of pathological motivations, while the haters-at-large – those who spew random venom – are filled with rage toward women,” she said.

Innocente: The overdue acquittal of Amanda Knox exposes glaring flaws in Italy’s justice system The Economist, March 28, 2015 – “In many other systems, the case would never have gone beyond the committal stage.”

Raffaele Sollecito porta a porta March 31, 2015.
The final Porta a Porta March 31, 2015. Vanessa Sollecito: “It seems evident to me without any shadow of doubt that Meredith’s mother has been misinformed in these years, I think by her lawyers at this point, because from what she says it’s evident that she doesn’t know what occurred during the proceedings. Primarily the scientific evidence that my brother had to undergo in all phases of the proceedings exonerated him, even when he was convicted.

Sollecito assolto esulta a Bisceglie «Sono immensamente felice» March 29, 2015 – Raffaele Sollecito celebrates the acquittal of the Supreme Court at his father’s house with an impromptu party with relatives. A voice from the intercom thanked journalists.

Omicidio Meredith: «Inutile un altro processo su Amanda e Raffaele» Corriere della Sera March 29, 2015 – Unanimous decision in chambers. Evidence is too contradictory, a new trial would be useless.

Sollecito’s formidable advocate cements reputation for winning tough cases The Guardian, March 29, 2015 – When she arrived in court that morning she criticised prosecutors for bringing the case, saying they had convoluted a story out of cherrypicked facts in order to satisfy their version of events.

Obvious outcome for Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito: Acquitted for not having committed the fact by Frank Sfarzo. March 29, 2015 – “Five Cassation judges were not fooled by pushers, tramps, words and conjectures”

Sansepolcro, Professor Alfredo Milani sull’assoluzione Raffaele Sollecito: “Justice has been done!” March 29, 2015 – Professor Alfredo Milani was in Rome for the verdict and celebrates the acquittal.

Raffaele Sollecito reveals ‘tears of joy’ after Meredith Kercher murder acquittal The Guardian. March 30, 2015 – “For seven years I have had a suspended life, I have lived with the fear of being arrested but knowing I am innocent,” he told Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

Judge Hellmann Interview March 30, 2015 – “It’s not just the satisfaction for the implicit recognition of the validity of the verdict announced at its time by the Court that I presided over, but more than anything it’s the end of a great suffering.”

Amanda Knox through the years: A “48 Hours” reporter’s journey By Doug Longhini. CBS, March 30, 2015 – “Friday’s definitive ruling by the Italian Supreme Court, means, once and for all, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are finally back in “Kansas”. Welcome home.”

«Amanda Knox e Raffaele Sollecito, le prove erano insufficienti» Corriere della Sera. March 30, 2015 (English) – Comments from lead supreme court judge: Insufficient evidence and not bridgeable in any further appeals.

Amanda e Raffaele, troppi errori: superficialità o malafede? Panorama. March 30, 2015 – “All the shortcomings of an unprecedented survey.”

Storia di Amanda Knox e Raffaele Sollecito, due ragazzi travolti dalla giustizia by Edoardo Montolli. GQ Magazine, March 31, 2015

Lessons To Be Learned From Amanda Knox Case: Reform The System, Stop The Hate, And Move Forward by Bruce Fischer. March 31, 2015 – “Some will be unable to see the truth through the fog created by the confusing system that allowed this case to drag on for so long. If you are reading this article today and find yourself trapped in that fog, do yourself a favor while doing your own research, and ask yourself this question: What if Rudy Guede had been arrested first?”

After the dust has settled by Nigel Scott, April 1, 2015 – The ruling of the kangaroo court of Florence, overseen by Judge Nencini, was a joke, compounded by his motivation report. He had swallowed the bogus case from Perugia wholesale and had even embellished it by inventing yet another motive and placing on the record the fact he did not understand DNA evidence.

Amanda Knox: Moving forward, with gratitude and a purpose by Amanda Knox. Seattle Times, April 3, 2015 – “I am all too aware of how lucky I am to have received such strong support. I am also aware that countless other wrongfully convicted persons do not have such support. I will work to give a voice to those individuals. I will do this because I know how a wrongful conviction can destroy one’s life and because we best honor crime victims by ensuring that the actual perpetrators are brought to justice.”

How Much Does Italy Owe Amanda Knox? A Lot. by Judy Bachrach, Vanity Fair, April 2015

“Here’s why Amanda Knox has always been innocent” il Giornale. April 10, 2015 – Attorney Anne Bremner “In recent years we have worked to refute the falsehoods told by the media, especially in Italy”

Italy’s Highest Court Explains Decision to Clear Amanda Knox By Elisabetta Povoledo, NY Times,  Sept 7, 2015 – “Italy’s highest court said Monday that the case against the Seattle resident Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend — whose convictions in the 2007 murder of a British student were definitively overturned in March — was marked by “culpable omissions of investigative activity” and “contradictory evidence” that raised reasonable doubt of their guilt.”

Amanda Knox acquitted because of ‘stunning flaws’ in investigation by Stephanie Kirchgaessner, UK Guardian, September 8, 2015 – On Monday Carlo Dalla Vedova, one of Knox’s lawyers, said the judges’ explanation was tantamount to a “great censure, a note of solemn censure of all the investigators”. Speaking about his client, the lawyer told AP: “She is very satisfied and happy to read this decision. At the same time, it’s a very sad story. It’s a sad story because Meredith Kercher is no longer with us, and this is a tragedy nobody can forget,” he added.

Bongiorno: “Those who were wrong [must] pay” By Erika Pontini September 8, 2015 – Sollecito’s lawyer on the attack: “Minister must intervene”

The Supreme Court shows fists to those who work without professionalism in the justice system by Massimo Prati, September 9, 2015 – “Last but not least, it [the Supreme Court] finally scolded the judges that had preceded it in judicial decisions. Judges that instead of acquitting had convicted because they wanted to convict based on personal prejudices without even considering the logic and the Criminal Code.”

Prosecutor: Giuliano Mignini

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Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini

Ricostruzione a Gualdo Tadino, assolta la ex giunta comunale December 2013 – After 10 years, 38 people acquitted because the crime did not exist

BRIGITTA BULGARI PROSCIOLTA DALL’ACCUSA DI ATTI OSCENI October 2011 – “Acquitted because the crime did not exist.” Receives €18 000 compensation September 2014 – (link)

Giallo Narducci, prosciolti i ventuno imputati April 2010 – 21 acquitted because the crime does not exist.

Knox prosecutor who believes he is the conspiracy victim by Tom Kington October 2011

Prosecutor of Perugia’s bizarre conduct bordered on criminal, observers say New York Daily News October 2011 – “Mignini’s malicious and completely unwarranted accusations ruined many lives and impoverished the defendants and their families”

Knox prosecutor tainted by ‘satanism’ case by Peter Popham June 2010

Hunt for the Monster of Florence by Peter Popham March 2009

Monsters of Florence by Michael Prescott,  March 23, 2015

Giuliano Mignini Caso Narducci
Giuliano Mignini in the courtroom for the Caso Narducci hearings

Google shuts down site run by Italian blogger critical of Amanda Knox prosecutor Mignini West Seattle Herald, May 2011 – “Mignini sued me for defamation,” Sfarzo told the West Seattle Herald tonight by phone from Perugia. “The lawsuit went to the court in Florence, and the judge in Florence made a decree of seizure of the blog. Google did it and did not tell me why, but that it was a judge order. I learned by email.

Gabriela Carlizzi’s blog about Meredith Kercher’s murder

E’ morta la giornalista Gabriella Pasquali Carlizzi: indagò sull’omicidio Meredith scrivendo un libro con choccanti rivelazioni August 2010 – Carlizzi dies.

Committee to Protect Journalists Accuses Amanda Knox Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini of Harassing Reporters

Crime journalist’s imprisonment raises alarm CPJ April 2006 – Michele Giuttari arrested Mario Spezi at his Florence home on April 7 on the order of Giuliano Mignini and denied an attorney for 5 days.

Doug Preston Letter April 2006 – About the arrest of his friend Mario Spezi and harassment from Giuliano Mignini.

Meredith – Intervista shock del procuratore Mignini. Amanda Knox scagionata? June 2011 – Luca Maori reports Mignini’s interview comments saying Amanda Knox might not have even been in the room.

Amanda Knox prosecutor threatens Italian and U.S. journalists by Candace Dempsey

The victims of Perugia’s monster by Karen Pruett

Mostro di Firenze, indagini deviate: condannati Giuttari e il pm Mignini January 2010 – Convicted with Michele Giuttari for abuse of office and other offences.

Mostro di Firenze, annullate le condanne per Mignini e Giuttari November 2011 – Convictions overturned.

Perugia. Il magistrato Giuliano Mignini passa alla procura generale di Perugia March 2013 – Given a promotion.

Dr. Drew questions prosecutor in Amanda Knox case April 2012

Caso Narducci, il gup chiude il caso July 2014 – 15 years after reopening the investigation, everyone is acquitted and the case closed.

Bob Graham Mignini Interview 2011

Il Giallo di Perugia: L’omicidio di Meredith Kercher Video and transcript with English translation of Mignini’s lecture at Universita Pegaso, Naples on 24th November 2014.

Giuliano Mignini: The Monster of Perugia by BJW Nashe – “He’s a robust man who likes to wear finely tailored Italian suits and put on cosmopolitan airs. Draped in his ministerial robes, he looks like an over-inflated balloon about to pop. As a public prosecutor in the Italian town of Perugia, he has made a spectacle of himself by turning high profile criminal cases into carnivalesque farces.”

Caso Meredith, Mignini sanzionato dal CSM December 2015 – Mignini sanctioned and censured by the CSM for denying Raffaele Sollecito access to an attorney.

Prosecutor: Manuela Comodi

Manuela Comodi
Prosecutor Manuela Comodi

Blitz contro gli anarchici, dieci A case against anarchists Manuela Comodi works with Giampaolo Ganzer, general of the Carabinieri. He was convicted to 14 years for protecting drug criminals and international arms trafficking.

Meredith Kercher murder trial prosecutor facing disciplinary action over £150,000 ‘cartoon’ November 2013

Processo Meredith, assolto il pm Comodi per le spese di consulenze Comodi acquitted for wasting taxpayer funds on a 180,000 euro cartoon commissioned to society Nventa Id Ltd, whose sole director Luigi Guadagno is the brother of Raffaele Guadagno who works as a secretary to the Prosecutor of Perugia. Cartoon Invoice

Operazione antiterrorismo a Perugia Una perquisizione anche a Firenze October 23, 2007

“Operazione Brushwood”, una “farsa” con effetti devastanti

Operazione Brushwood, in appello l’accusa di terrorismo cade per tutti gli imputati

Michael Gregorio Blog

Spoleto, Italy: About the death of the anarchist comrade Damiano Corrias

Spoleto, Michele Fabiani torna in carcere: dovrà scontare un anno e 4 mesi July 2014 – “Michele Fabiani is back in prison. So has decided the deputy AG Giuliano Mignini, who signed an order of incarceration on Thursday…”

Lead Detective: Monica Napoleoni

Monica Napoleoni
Monica Napoleoni – The Disgraced Detective

Amanda Knox Update: Could an abuse of power investigation into several Italian detectives impact the latest Knox trial? Crimesider Oct 22, 2013

Perugia, capo della omicidi indagata per abuso di potere. Difesa: «Insussistenti i ‘gravi’ indizi di colpevolezza» February 2013 – Suspended

Perugia, sotto accusa la super-poliziotta Indagini abusive per la lite col marito July 2013 – Disgraced

“Spiava la psicologa”, super-poliziotta nei guai Indagò sull’omicidio Meredith La Nazione February 2013

Quattro poliziotti indagati Giornale dell Umbria February 2013 – Conducting unauthorized investigations and abuse of power.

Capanne Prison Guard: Raffaele Argiro

Perugia, presunte molestie in carcere: la donna conferma. L’avvocato di lui: «E’ una calunnia»

Il pm: “Processate la guardia di Amanda”

Perugia, l’ex guardia carceraria di Amanda Knox davanti al giudice per violenza sessuale

Rudy Guede

Rudy Guede arrest
The Killer: Rudy Guede

“Out in town drinking with the murderer from Perugia” by Nacho Azparren who met Rudy Guede two weeks before the murder and noticed his apartment was full of computers but had no internet connection.

School Owner Testifies in Knox Trial That Convicted Killer Stole Knife June 2009

La lettera di Rudy Guede sulla verità nell’omicidio di Meredith Kercher A letter released in 2013 that makes no mention of Amanda Knox or Raffaele Sollecito.

Meredith, le lettere di Guede dal carcere! Vanity Fair, December 2010

Meredith Kercher murder trial: Rudy Guede ‘was violent to women’ Nick Squires, September 2008

Convicted killer in Knox case eligible for daily release By Doug Longhini. CBS News, February 11, 2014

Omicidio Meredith, per Rudy Guede arriva anche una condanna per furto April 2014 – Convicted for theft and sentenced to 1 year, 4 months

Nuova condanna per Rudy Guede April 2014 – Theft conviction for stolen goods from Perugia break-in.

MEREDITH, LA VERITÀ DI GUEDE IN UN LIBRO. MASTRONARDI: “RUDY TESTIMONI IN APPELLO” April 2013 – “We identified a borderline personality type”

Rudy vuole tornare libero, chiesto il “super sconto” di pena September 2014 – Guede applies for early release.

Rudy Guede, il tribunale di sorveglianza respinge lo sconto di pena November 2014 – Request for early release denied.

Caso Meredith, Rudy Guede condannato per ricettazione December 2014 – Theft conviction confirmed by ISC

Tutte le bugie di Rudy: La sua storia non sta in piedi: ecco perché by Giangavino Sulas – OMISSIONI, MEZZE VERITÀ; CLAMOROSE MENZOGNE: L’INTERVISTA A GUEDE ANDATA IN ONDA SU RAI 3 DISTORCE LA REALTÀ SULL’OMICIDIO DI MEREDITH IN ALMENO 8 PUNTI

Italian Justice

President Italian Supreme Court 2015
The President of the Supreme Court opens the 2015 judicial year with a warning about a downward spiral and “alienation” of citizens.

The Italian judiciary (which includes the public prosecutors) is a branch of the civil service. This particular branch chooses its members, is self-ruling, and is accountable to no one: a state within the state!… Political and dishonest judges have an infallible method of silencing or discrediting opponents, political or otherwise. A bogus indictment, the tapping of telephones, the conversations (often doctored) fed to the press to start a smear campaign, a spectacular arrest, prolonged preventive detention under the worst possible conditions, third-degree interrogations, and finally a trial that lasts many years and ends in the acquittal of a ruined man. ~ Count Neri Capponi

Insight: Overloaded justice system ties Italy in knots Reuters Analysis, April 5, 2012

A Judges’ Revolution? Political Corruption and the judiciary in Italy European Journal of Political Research #39, 2001

Italy corruption levels ‘mortifying’, court president says ANSA, January 2013 – “Italy’s corruption levels, estimated to be on par with Bosnia, are an embarrassment, according to comments made on Friday in an official speech by Ernesto Lupo, chief president of the Court of Cassation.”

The dramatic situation of forensic science in Italy by Prof. Dr. Edoardo Mori Magistrato a. r.

E il giudice si tolse la toga: “Non sopportavo più l’idiozia di troppi colleghi” September 2011 – Edoardo Mori retires from the judiciary with a sigh of relief. “The police system, the treatment of the accused and the relationship between prosecutors and courts are still stuck in 1930.”

Italy as corrupt as ever, says prosecutor Malcolm Moore. UK Telegraph, March 2007

Committee To Protect Journalists Francesco Gangemi, Il Dibattito

After Amanda Knox, it’s Back to the Drawing Board for Italian Justice – (English) Diritto, Italy February 2014

Knox and Sollecito case delivers harsh verdict on Italian justice by Andrew Gumbel February 2014

The Italian justice system is insane — Amanda Knox is completely innocent by Jim Edwards, Slate, February 1, 2014

“Ecco perché gli stranieri non investono in Italia” by Edward Luttwak. Panorama, May 2013

OPINION ON THE LEGISLATION ON DEFAMATION OF ITALY Adopted by the Venice Commission at its 97th Plenary Session (Venice, 6-7 December 2013)

Milano, condannati due carabinieri “Pestaggio alla cilena in caserma” Italian Calumny Praxis

La corruzione passa per il tribunal Tra mazzette, favori e regali by Emiliano Fittipaldi. L’Espresso, April 2014 – “When the criminals are Judges. Corruption in the Courts”

La corruzione dilaga nei tribunali. Ecco il tariffario delle toghe by Ivan French, April 2014 – “Corruption is rampant in the courts.”

Avvertimento al premier da inediti alleati La Stampa editorial June 2014 – A move to make Judges accountable. House approves civil responsibility for magistrates Ansa.en

La giustizia in Italia? C’è da vergognarsi – by Marco Chierici

E il giudice si tolse la toga: “Non sopportavo più l’idiozia di troppi colleghi” September 2011 – “The police consider all suspects as criminals, citizens are treated as pieces of dirt, often questioning degenerates into violence.”

The Frustrated Turn to Adversarial Procedure in Italy by Giulio Illuminati, Washington University Global Studies Law Review, Volume 4, Issue 3 2005 (Italian Criminal Procedure Code of 1988)

Omicidio Garlasco. Stasi condannato. Come succede da 40 anni GQ Italy December 2014 – The Case of Alberto Stasi: Is two acquittals not reasonable doubt?

Anno giudiziario: Santacroce, basta scontri tra pm Ansa January 2015 – The president of the Cassazione at the opening of the judicial year: The judiciary after ‘Clean Hands’ era has begun “a downward spiral”, with the “alienation” of citizens for the “mortifying credentials” exhibited, like the processes snail pace and the degradation of prisons, but for this crisis of confidence also contribute “frequent tension and controversy” especially among PM’s “low form of style and improper media exposure”, stresses Santacroce also referring to the clash Bruti-Robledo in place at the Milan prosecutor’s office.

Timothy Eagan’s New York Times Articles

Good Cops, Bad Cops

Amanda Knox Revisited

An innocent Abroad

Lessons from the Amanda Knox case

Edward Jay Epstein’s Articles

The Amanda Knox Circus — Again

The Bizarre Pursuit of Amanda Knox: Injustice Italian Style

Forget the sex smears. The real crime is that Foxy Knoxy was EVER charged with murder

Annals of Unsolved Crimes – The Amanda Knox Ordeal

Journal articles, dissertations, thesis papers

Crime And The Media – The sensational case of the murder of Meredith Kercher. An overview presented by Michelangelo Felicetti, Dublin Institute of Technology

Interpreters in the legal process in Italy: a survey Annalisa Sandrelli, Luspio University, Rome, Italy

Scales of Justice Italy: Assessing Italian criminal procedure through the Amanda Knox trial Boston Law Journal

Found in Translation About media and journalism in Italy by Grace Capuzzo

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Justice: A Comparative Legal Study of the Amanda Knox Case November 2013 – Danielle Lenth, University of the Pacific, McGeorge Law Review

Representation of Foreign Justice in the Media: The Amanda Knox Case by Michael S Boyd, Università Roma Tre 2013

Amanda Knox: A Content Analysis of Media Framing in Newspapers Around the World – A thesis by Deidre Freyenberger presented to the faculty of the Department of Communication, East Tennessee State University

Arrested Abroad: Italian Precautionary Detention Through The Eyes of Amanda Knox From the Selected Works of Benjamin M Sayagh, George Washington University

Double Deviance and the Bad Woman by Georga Mankarious – Major Project Written for Media and Communications research subject at The University of Melbourne

Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies Volume 28, Issue 4, 2014 – Purity and contamination in online popular forensics: amateur-expert readings of the Meredith Kercher murder case.

Admissibility of DNA Evidence: Italy Under Attack By Adina Rosenfeld, Loyola of Los Angeles International Law Review

Amanda Knox: A Content Analysis of Media Framing in Newspapers Around the World by Deidre Freyenberger, East Tennessee State University

The prosecution of Amanda Knox: it’s not over yet! By Caroline Dobraszczyk. NSW Bar Association. Bar News Winter 2014

Investigations Into Judge Nencini’s Post Conviction Comments

Amanda e Raffaele, parla il giudice «Ho figli anch’io, è stata una scelta sofferta» Judge Nencini’s interview (English Translation)

Omicidio Meredith, parla il giudice: «Amanda e Raffaele l’hanno uccisa perché quella sera non avevano niente da fare» February 2, 2013 – I have to be honest, the media overexposure of this case has not helped. Jurors returned home and were bombarded with information. And when we saw each other, they wanted to know: “President, but on TV they said in another way. How was it really?”

Italian Justice Ministry investigating Knox judge

Caso Meredith, avviata un’istruttoria contro il giudice Nencini dopo l’intervista

Judge who sentenced Knox, Sollecito under fire for remarks

Knox, Sollecito judge reprimanded, but not to be disciplined

Processo Meredith, il Csm: intervista inopportuna, ma il giudice non sarà trasferito La Nazione, April 2014

Meredith: il Csm archivia ma bacchetta il giudice April 2014 – ‘Interview inappropriate, it is taken into account for confirmation of the assignment’

Articles, blogs and papers about the DNA

Touch DNA Resources MBA DNA Consulting

Understanding The Independent DNA Experts’ Report In The Amanda Knox Case (Part1) MBA DNA Consulting

Understanding The Independent DNA Experts’ Report In The Amanda Knox Case (Part2) MBA DNA Consulting

DNA and the law in Italy: the experience of “the Perugia case” by Carla Vecchiotti and Silvia Zoppis. Reviewed by David Balding and Joelle Vuille

The Italian supreme court’s dangerously erroneous views on forensic DNA contamination by Professor Chris Halkides

DNA Case Study: Amanda Knox by Elizabeth A Johnson, PhD

The Caddy Report Review of the Science of Low Template DNA Analysis

Considerations Regarding Forensic DNA Typing and Future Directions Professor Bruce Budowle

Validity of Low Copy Number Typing and Applications to Forensic Science by Bruce Budowle, Arthur J. Eisenberg,and Angela van Daal

Scientific Issues with Analysis of Low Amounts of DNA by John M. Butler and Carolyn R. Hill. 2010. National Institute of Standards and Technology, Biochemical Science Division, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA

L’affidabilità del touch DNA nel processo penale The reliability of the touch DNA in the criminal trial

Standards of DNA Evidence ABA Standards for Criminal Justice: DNA Evidence, 3d ed. © 2007

ISFG DNA commission recommendations Professor Peter Gill

DNA for the Defense Bar by Eric H. Holder, Jr. Mary Lou Leary, John H. Laub National Institute of Justice 2012

Breaking open the black box: How to review the electronic data Evaluating Forensic DNA Evidence, Part 2 By William C. Thompson; Simon Ford; Travis E. Doom; Michael L. Raymer; Dan E. Krane

Painting the target around the matching profile: The Texas sharpshooter fallacy in forensic DNA interpretation William C Thompson. Department of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California

False Confessions

“Only the Guilty Would Confess to Crimes”: Understanding the Mystery of False Confessions by Douglas L. Keene, Ph.D. from Keene Trial Consulting

Police-Induced Confessions: Risk Factors and Recommendations by Professor Saul Kassin

Criminal Law Quarterly Vol 57 Justice Imperiled: False Confessions and the Reid Technique by Timothy Moore & Lindsey Fitzsimmons, Department of Psychology, York University

Why Your Memories Can’t Be Trusted – Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus shares decades of research showing that when it comes to remembering things, what we swear is fact is often fiction… and sometimes, the consequences of trusting our own memories are life and death.

PBS Frontline: The Confessions – Eight men charged. Five confessions. But only one DNA match. Why would four innocent men confess to a brutal crime they didn’t commit?

Why People Confess — Even If They Didn’t Do It By Rick Nauert PhD. Psych Central September 2013

THE PROBLEM OF FALSE CONFESSIONS IN THE POST-DNA WORLD by Steven A. Drizin & Richard A. Leo

A Rare Look at the Police Tactics That Can Lead to False Confessions PBS Frontline. December 2011

The Dilemma and Debate Over Confession Evidence Strategies by Jason K Jensen. Journal of Forensic Research and Criminal Studies

Planting false memories fairly easy, psychologists find February 2015 – New study bolsters notion that memory is fragile and aggressive police interrogations don’t always serve justice.

Remembering a Crime That You Didn’t Commit New Yorker, March 2015

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