You may have seen the news item about Katie Couric interviewing Raffaele Sollecito. Ms Couric was sent quite a few messages that the case is still sub judice and she needs to be careful how she phrases her questions.
Heads-up to Katie Couric’s producers and new readers: (1) Sollecito’s correct legal status is that he STILL stands accused of Meredith’s murder unless and until the Italian Supreme Court signs off on the case’s outcome. We have reason to believe they are far from happy right now, and that a new appeal trial is all but certain. (2) We’ll have a couple of posts next which would enable Katie to blow Sollecito right out of the water. That will make useful news for ABC, help the family of the real victim, and convince millions of Italians the US is finally doing the right thing.
The situation is that these two are still convicted murderers until the case is signed off by the Supreme Court. The chances of that are low as there is a scathing appeal against the Hellman appeal currently before the Supreme Court and it pulls no punches, nor does it go for brevity – virtually everything the two appeal judges said and did has been appealed against in some detail.
This current appeal has been brought by the Chief Prosecutor of Umbria, not the original prosecution and this is makes quite a difference, given the esteem he is held in by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court need only find a one irregularity, rather than the dozens charged in Hellman’s handling of the case in order to overturn the verdict.
That would put Knox and Sollecito back in Italy facing a new appeal trial with proper judges. Time frame for the SCV is probably before Christmas. That’s aside from the calumny case.
The reason this blog can call the two “convicted murderers” is because they were convicted as murderers. They have not been finally legally released as yet, the geographical situation notwithstanding.
This is not a bad one on Sollecito himself.