I’m going to run a post at 21:00 each Wednesday and Sunday, in which maybe a paragraph only will appear or maybe a tome.
Based largely on TJMK and PMF posters’ and commenters, often verbatim, with Harry Rag’s entries as well, it summarizes the latest news in the fight which the Knox machine clearly thinks is over but is actually about to build up a head of steam. Already, serious questions are being asked and for the first time, some in the American media are looking properly at the evidence.
In deference to readers who have not looked at the evidence in the original and therefore might still believe Knox and Sollecito innocent and in recognition of the fact that this blog covers many issues, not just this one, I’ll only do those two posts in any week.
If the media had done this at the right time, there would not be the anguish the Kercher family is currently suffering.
This is the current state of play:
# The Ministry of Justice will it appears start an investigation which is almost unprecedented mid-way through appeals. Both judges on the appeal are business judges and seem to have got the law seriously wrong. While under the microscope Judge Hellman is going to have to somehow explain his panel’s outcome and where exactly is the proof the ex perps could not have done it.
The next appeal can only be on points of law and not on the appeals verdict itself. So it is the miscarriage, in terms of law not being followed which is going to be the focus.
# An Italian law student writes: “The Supreme Court of Cassation cannot reverse the Appeals Court verdict and issue a guilty verdict. The Supreme Court can however find the Appeals Court decision in violation of procedural law or in the application of the law. In which case the Supreme court will remand the case back to the Appeals Court for an appeal retrial.
The Supreme Court however rarely reverses a not guilty verdict by the appeal court rendered with so called “formula piena” (i.e. full exoneration from having committed the crime, not just lack of evidence). Therefore the most likely outcome is a confirmation of the acquittal by the Supreme Court.”
That is gut-wrenching but we have to take as we find and I’m duty bound to include this in this post.
“We should be happy for her, the innocent victim of this terrible miscarriage of justice. Yet there is something disquieting about Amanda Knox, something that slightly chills the blood. Those piercing blue eyes, as cold as the steel of the knife that slit Meredith Kercher’s throat, have hardly flinched during her court appearances. Not since Lindy-the dingo-did-it-Chamberlain was cleared of murdering her baby has a woman so divided public opinion.
Amanda’s prison diaries reveal an astonishing calmness and self-belief. While most 20-year-old girls falsely accused of a vile sex murder would be in pieces, she was planning her 21st birthday party, right down to the guest list. There is hardly a mention of the brutal murder of her friend in the bedroom next to her. It’s all about Amanda.”
# Even The Independent’s Peter Popham is pouring cold water on the parade.
# Nancy Grace says there is NO innnocent explanation for Knox’s second written confession placing her at the house (with Patrick Lumumba) and including observations that only someone who really was there could have known. Time and again commentators have come out batting for Knox, read the evidence, and then gone quiet. Nancy Grace’s CNN colleague Jane Velex-Mitchell had swallowed the Kool Aid at one point, but now she is ambivalent and careful.
There was a post called “penultimate” at this blog and in the comments thread, one commenter questioned the DNA evidence. I answered that today, if you’re interested.
The detail is indeed crucial to this case and Knox’s involvement in it. There’s so much detail and that’s the problem. The article linked here goes into just one aspect – the phone calls and how Knox answered on the stand. See what you think.
Till next time.
UPDATE: I’ve just been sent a message by the Kercher family friend representing Stephanie who asks if all supporters of Meredith would run the photo to the right here as the official photo.
Gladly but I’ll still run the Lyle/Stephanie pic at the top each time as the lead in. I wanted to run the Yorkshire rose but probably that is not something many will associate with Meredith and it is bigger than any one person. This seems the best way now.
Lovely to hear the family has not given up hope yet. Justice will eventually be done. Time is now on the side of truth – I’m sure it will now be looked at with growing respect.