Saturday, June 15, 2019

The World Isnt Short Of Suckers - Lupária, Sola & Cagossi Present “The Traveling Innocence Gang Show”

Posted by KrissyG


“Pssst! Turn it all on, we are being paid to put on a good show”

1. The Moneygrubbing Gang Arrives

See that headline above? The Modena Organizers were so short of imprisoned Italian innocents, they had to import a few

They all make big bucks out of this kind of event, each misconstruing their case. Read here how the moneygrubbing works, and how many get to gain.

At the Milan airport Thursday, press photos revealed Knox making a great show of bowing her head and looking fragile. “I feel frayed” she wrote, on social media, with boyfriend Christopher Robinson looking on from behind. Mom Edda was also there but wasnt featured in news reports.

Once again, the world got a glimpse of Amanda Knox the consummate actress who can never resist hamming it up, a manipulator of gestures and body language to convey drama.

Remember her clutching her chest, cross-armed, in a gesture of faux gratitude when news came her conviction had been annulled, for the benefit of the photographers on her doorstep? 

Or the time she pressed her hands together in front of her as a gesture of humble thanks at the conference in Seattle when she was released in 2011 by Judge Hellman (an appeal verdict which was shortly to be overturned)? 

Was there really anything humble about it, when just hours earlier as she changed at Heathrow, she was seen laughing happily and defiantly? 

Or the most famous occasion of all, when she gesticulated wildly and dramatically from the dock, as she made her final submissions to the court after her 2009 trial enunciating each word in Italian?  She was convicted, anyway.

Even earlier than that she was pictured outside the cottage on the day after the murder waving her hands about as a gaggle of reporters eagerly leant forward to discover what had happened.  She wore a pristine white skirt.

So we get it, image is all to Amanda Knox and this visit to Modena is no exception.

Newspapers reports Friday said she appeared to be visibly emotional, wiping away a tear, as old friend Peter Pringle gave his “testimony” of his time on “Death Row for 14 years” and an Italian innocence claimer.

Also Angelo Massaro, little known in the English-speaking world, described by the Italian news agency ANSA as “a Tarantino acquitted - and released from prison - after a conviction for murder”. So presumably he is not “exonerated”, either? Just released. 

(ANSA has to be restrained how it chooses its words in its home country, as a reputable good quality news agency on a par with Reuters or AP.)

So, once again, attention was on Knox, who knows how to play the press.  Good show by Amanda wiping away a dry tear.

2. The Pringle Connection Explained

As part of her “Innocence” campaign, you may recall Knox travelled early last year, February 2018, to the Republic of Ireland to appear in the Raymond D’Arcy Show.

Her connection to Ireland stemmed from her earlier connection to “innocence” campaigners Peter Pringle and Sunny Jacobs.

Surprise, surprise, the link continues now.

Peter Pringle pops up in Modena for the very same “Justice Festival”.  (Festival?  What IS it they are celebrating exactly?)

A brief history of their past:
 
(1) Knox appeared on US TV with Irish ex-murder defendant and ex-death row wife

Knox appeared on US TV with controversial ex-death row defendants, Peter Pringle, who was once jailed in Ireland for the alleged murder of two Irish police officers, after a bungled robbery by a political gang, and Sunny Jacobs, once on death row in the USA for supplying a gun to a man who then shot dead a two young policemen.

Pringle is Dublin born and spent 17 years in prison, the death penalty having been stayed by an Act of Irish parliament since 1954, for the murder of two young policemen after a botched robbery in Roscommon. He has always claimed innocence of the crime.

They were both acquitted - in Sunny’s case, without any certificate of exoneration - and now, like Knox tour the country and fundraise for “Innocence Projects” claiming ‘wrongful conviction’.

(2) Amanda Knox appeared with Sunny Jacobs and William Pringle on K5News channel in May 2017.

Knox shared a sofa with the pair expressing solidarity.  Knox said that she and Sunny were “women together” fighting injustice.

However, there is still much controversy in the Irish Republic as to Pringle’s innocence and emotions run high, as five young children lost their fathers in the murder of the police officers in 1980.

In addition, some say Jacobs was freed from death row for compassionate reasons, not because she was innocent, as she now claims.

(3) Knox’s appearance on Irish TV was controversial

William Pringle lived in the USA for many years after his release, and has in 2016 settled in Connemara in Ireland,

Because of Knox’s connection, the interview was bound to cause a lot of media interest, as it did when she sang a round of an IRA rebel song to a stunned D’Arcy, who was not impressed.

Many in the UK and the mainland of Ireland are not convinced by Knox’s claim to have been “exonerated”.

It could well be that Knox was invited to Ireland via contacts William Pringle and Sunny Jacobs.

Sunny Jacobs is now 70. Her husband, Jesse Tafero was executed at age 43. Sunny Jacobs is alleged to have supplied the gun by which he shot dead two police officers from their car, in Florida.

Both were condemned to the electric chair.

The robbery for which Pringle was jailed, which led to the killing of the police officers in Roscommon, was allegedly connected to the INLA, an Irish “liberation” terrorist group of the day.

So there has been hostility towards Pringle resettling in Ireland.

Pringle made a new bid for compensation from Ireland in January 2018.  The judge “reserved” the judgment and we have heard nothing more since. So presumably his application has failed.

Peter, Sunny and Amanda certainly seem to have the “Innocence Gang Tour” sewn up, as they make their way from country after country.  Dabbing an eye and giving their moving “testimonies” and moneygrubbing away.


Posted by KrissyG on 06/15/19 at 04:50 PM in


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It’s laughable Knox had to scrabble around for her clutch bag to find a tissue, before delicately patting her eye with it, as Pringle’s story is hardly a tear-jerker.  He and Sunny have made a very healthy living out of their various projects.  There is nothing there to move anyone to tears.  After seventeen and fourteen years in prison respectively, the authorities probably reasoned they had served enough time and let them go.  Neither has received any compensation AFAIAA.  Jacobs did break the law so not sure what the sob story is there, other than that the US prison sentencing system is incredibly draconian, compared to Europe.

In the USA Knox and Sollecito would not have got 26 years; it would have been whole life or fifteen years followed by execution (cf Texas typical average time).

Cry me a river.

Posted by KrissyG on 06/15/19 at 06:49 PM | #

I think Piers Morgan summed up a lot of people’s thoughts yesterday: Here is the Sun report; there are numerous others.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/9305358/piers-morgan-amanda-knox-row/

THE SUN (UK)

PIERS Morgan got embroiled in a heated row with Amanda Knox for telling her to “shut up”.

The Good Morning Britain presenter lashed out at the 31-year-old American who spent four years in jail after being convicted with of knifing Brit student Meredith, 21, to death.

He said: “Out of respect for Meredith Kercher’s poor family, Amanda Knox should stop her self-pitying ‘all about me’ victim tour - and shut up.”

Despite not tagging her in the tweet, it was seen by Amanda who responded: “Says the guy who’s begged me to be on his show multiple times, and I’ve turned him down every time.”

Biting back, Piers added: “I think we all know why you might wish to avoid interviews with British TV journalists, especially those like me who once worked with Meredith’s father.

“Mine would start with this question: your lies sent an innocent man Patrick Lumumba to jail, so what else did you lie about?”

This week Amanda returned to Italy for the first time since she was cleared of Meredith’s murder.

The victim’s family lawyer blasted her return as “inappropriate”.

In a speech yesterday at the Trial by Media panel she was seen breaking down in tears as she revealed she still fears fresh charges over the death.

Speaking to the crowd, she said: “I’m afraid today, now, I’m afraid of being harassed, mocked, stuck and I’m afraid that new accusations will be addressed to me just because I come here to say my version of the facts.

“But above all, I fear I will lack the courage.”

She added: “I know that despite my acquittal issued by the Court of Cassation, I remain a controversial figure in the presence of public opinion, above all and especially here in Italy.

“A lot of people think I’m crazy to come here. I was told that I was not safe, that I will be attacked in the streets, that I will be falsely accused and sent back to prison and that even if I return to Seattle, it will have been all in vain, it will not have been useful to anything.”

Amanda was acquitted in 2011 - just one step in a long judicial process of flip-flop decisions before she was definitively acquitted in 2015 by Italy’s highest court.

She was accused of murder just weeks after moving to Perugia in Italy, with several other students including Meredith in September in 2007.

An autopsy conducted on Meredith’s body found that her throat had been slashed and she had been stabbed almost 50 times.

It also found that she had 16 bruises, including on her nose and mouth, as well as suffering injuries related to sexual assault.

Italian cops believed Meredith’s death came as a result of a sex game that had gone horrifically wrong and quickly charged Knox and then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito with the murder.

Amanda now works on podcasts about people who have been wrongly convicted.

Posted by DavidB on 06/17/19 at 05:19 AM | #


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