“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
“This is a dumb-ass case”
The latest “motivations” report in the Amanda Knox case has proven to be even more ridiculous than any of us could have predicted.
Some six years after the murder of Meredith Kercher, a plump, overbearing Florentine judge named Alessando Nencini has proclaimed to the world new truths about the case, a new motive for the murder, and a whole new weighting of the facts. He also misrepresents the court record and makes up new facts, seemingly on the fly.
It really can’t get much sillier than this. Continue reading →
Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than those of the law.
–Francis Bacon, Sr.
Bump bump bump,
down the funny stairs.
The case against Amanda Knox has never been a search for the truth. Nowhere is this clearer than in the extraordinary “fluidity” with which prosecutors (and now judges) have changed their theories and facts. Prosecutors have now offered five different excuses for why the vital interrogation tapes went missing. They have revised the time of death upward into the zone of physical impossibility. They have offered five equally implausible motives for the murder. They have ignored the impossible-to-miss fact that key prosecution witnesses contradict one another. Continue reading →
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
Why do only defense witnesses get sued?
The first, second, and third thing I would say to someone new to the Knox-Sollecito case is that you simply cannot understand what happened in Italy based upon your knowledge of what goes on in courts in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, or almost any place else in western Europe, for that matter. Italy is another country; they do things differently there and justice suffers as a result. Continue reading →
A pretentiously showy or imposing façade intended to mask or divert attention from an embarrassing or shabby fact or condition.
(After: Prince Potemkin , who allegedly had villages of cardboard constructed for Catherine II’s visit to the Ukraine and the Crimea in 1787)
We’ll have a fair trial followed by a hanging.
–Judge Roy Bean (attributed)
If I were an average observer with little knowledge of the facts, I would assume that Amanda Knox was probably guilty. Why would I think anything else? Her trials seemed fair. Amanda had expensive lawyers and it certainly seemed like they were allowed to make motions, produce experts, dispute evidence, cross-examine witnesses, and make impassioned summations. The black-robed judges seemed appropriately pompous and judicious and seemed (if you were not watching too closely) to be fair and paying attention. The judges were required to defend their decisions in what seemed to be painstakingly thorough opinions. Continue reading →