Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Knox Calunnia Retrial: Prosecution Makes Strong Case For Letting 3 Year Felony Sentence Stand

Posted by Our Main Posters

The Prosecutor General of Tuscany

1. Today’s Happenings

The Florence court met for its first tense and briefly heated session today.

The verdict for Knox in the calunnia retrial, in which she is accused of criminal slander against Patrick Lumumba, her boss, is postponed to 5 June.

The Florence Prosecutor-General Dr Ettore Squillace Greco (tellingly a very big gun) asked for confirmation of the three-year sentence for Knox, who was provisionally acquitted of murder by the Supreme Court’s Fifth Chambers (bizarrely, that is the family court) in 2015.

During the session’s opening, the fiery lawyer Carlo Pacelli, Patrick Lumumba’s lawyer, shouted “Amanda is a liar” to Ms Knox’s lawyers.

He was interrupted by the judge, and Ms Knox’s lawyer replied: “We cannot restart the murder trial again, we are here for a defamation case.” (An odd response, as that is why Patrick’s team is there too.)

According to the Prosecutor General, when Knox wrote her “memoriale” on 6 November 2007 she would have been “aware of Lumumba’s innocence” and “aware of suggesting to investigators the name of a person who had nothing to do with the murder”.

It was explained to the court that the ECHR was simply mistaken in its summary of Knox’s treatment on the night of her arrest.

The court has before it all the documents we summarized in the two posts just below.

2. Some Context

Knox of course repeatedly undermined her own case by testifying under oath in December 2007 and at trial in 2009 that she was treated well.

We now know that a major reason for the ECHR’s confusion was a pretty fictional account by Knox lawyer Dalla Vedova, who did not seem to have anything compelling to say in her support today.

The case Dalla Vedova made to ECHR was kept confidential by Knox’s defence for years. When Italian prosecutors finally got to see it, they were amazed and amused. All it asked for was the equivalent of about $1 million in damages. No verdict rollbacks. The ECHR only recommended a payment to Knox of about $20,000.

Amanda Knox wrote her “memoriale” in English before being transferred to Capanne Prison, and she handed it to Officer Ficarra (who has no English) with a gleeful laugh. In it she seems to be trying to walk back damage done in her sessions with Ficarra and Dr Mignini before daylight on that same day.

Knox’s memoriale makes no mention of having been pressured or abused except a claimed tap on the head that all witnesses and her own lawyers denied. (In her other calunnia trial Judge Boninsegna in effect accused the cops of being too kind!)

Nor did she claim this to the supervising magistrate, Dr Matteini, several days later, or to Dr Mignini on 19 December when she was interrogated (actually her first interrogation) at her own request.

Even Knox’s own lawyers made a public announcement denying any abuse in early 2008. They never filed a complaint - something they could be disbarred for if they really believed Knox.

Knox did not actually go looking for this appeal, which could have major impact on her “I’m the victim” flow of cash. The Italian Parliament dropped it in her lap with a change of the rules. Did Sollecito lawyer and Member of Parliament Bongiorno not think this thing through?

Or maybe she did. Like the Sollecitos, she has always seemed to want to see Knox brought down.

Posted by Our Main Posters on 04/10/24 at 04:17 PM in Hoaxes Sollecito etc


For those interested in what Knox wrote in the ‘memoriaie’ now on trial there is a good transcript of the whole thing here:l

The puzzle is, where did the whole idea of Patrick being the murder [sic] come from?

To have even an auditory hallucination of Meredith screaming, when two other independent witnesses (neighbours) also heard the ‘harrowing’ screams.  It is amazing Knox managed to think all of this and yet it was all a dream, apparently.

And seeing Patrick in the basketball court where by another coincidence her cell phone was pinged from that area as of that time, albeit Knox did not know her phone had been pinged as of the time she herself provided the location, even though, as she now claims, she wasn’t there.

Perhaps Knox has psychic abilities?  To see colours and hear sounds so vividly and to have a vision of her boss at the cottage where she lived.  She could make a living as a medium, perhaps.

Here is a relevant handwritten note on the morning Meredith’s body was found::

Here is a relevant note handwritten after Knox arrived in prison.

Posted by KrissyG on 04/10/24 at 07:50 PM | #

There are several pre-trial interviews of Carlo Pacelli on YouTube. Presumably his tart comment was really addressed to the judges and jury. It may help. Florence judges and prosecutors all know:

(1) that the finely argued Nencini guilty verdict in RS’s and AK’s repeat first appeal in Florence was overturned, and Nencini’s findings ridiculed by politically appointed amateurs on the Supreme Court who had “illegally” not referred matters of evidence back down to the Florence appeal court as is strictly required.

(2) that the bent Judge, Boninsegna, who found Knox not guilty in her other calunnia trial in Florence (inspired by the investigators) was transfered, subjected to hearing, and then laid off (2011 appeal judge Hellman was also laid off).

(3) That Dr Mignini was subjected to a ludicrous prosecution in Florence, that the verdict was overturned, and that the prosecutor and judge were both moved to where they could do no further harm.

(4) That Dr Mignini really has the Monster of Florence case nailed and the real perps (not the guy Doug Preston tried to frame - a mere kid when the first murders occurred) identified.

(5) And that the Prosecutor General (image at top) in Florence has a formidable history of fighting the mafia and nefarious businessmen.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 04/12/24 at 04:48 PM | #

Re KrissyG’s helpful links to the “memoriale” above.

(1) With luck the court will find the precise timing of the “memoriale” significant. By that time it was certain that Knox knew Patrick had already been arrested, and was near her somewhere in the Questura doing some explaining (to deaf ears initially, though she would not know that).  Knox waffles on about the involvement of “Patrik” at various points while knowing full well that he had zero to do with the crime.

(2) Knox could hand the “memoriale” to Rita Ficarra because she was not wearing handcuffs. To our knowledge neither she nor Sollecito were ever put in handcuffs. Patrick was though - and Guede, who was the only one to be put in the cage in the court. Some saw this as racist. Maybe though it was because the seeming evidence against each emerged so explosively, whereas for Knox and Sollecito it sort of crept out. 

(3) And of course a major factor in the calunnia conviction was that Knox had nearly two weeks to confess she had framed Patrick and see him released. She never did, though she was known to have pondered it with her mom.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 04/13/24 at 11:17 AM | #

The court has a ton of reading to do if it chooses to.

Transcripts (in Italian) were produced days later of every 2009 trial session, and often amount to dozens of pages.

You can see them all on the Wiki. Scroll down to all the 2009 documents.

We linked in our 14 February post below to testimony we translated by officers relating to Knox’s interrogation hoax.

The relevant court sessions were in late February 2009 and here Main Poster Nicki summarizes Monica Napoleoni and Rita Ficarra, the last to testify.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 04/13/24 at 01:56 PM | #

Knox utters some predictable denials via X, seemingly on arrival in Italy. This is a Google auto translation.


“I will cleanse my name of falsehoods.” Amanda Knox returns to trial in Italy
Story by Rosa Scognamiglio

“On June 5, I will enter the same courtroom where I was convicted of a crime I did not commit, once again to defend myself.” This was written by Amanda Knox on X (Twitter). The 37-year-old American is accused of having unjustly identified Patrick Lumumba as the murderer of Meredith Kercher, the young English student killed in Perugia on the night of November 1, 2007. At the time of the facts, for the sole crime of criminal slander, Knox was convicted to 3 years of imprisonment. A sentence that, even in the event that she were reconfirmed, the American has already served during four years spent in the Perugian prison after the first degree conviction for the murder of her roommate and therefore before the definitive acquittal [incorrect; it was provisional].

The accusation against Knox

To better understand this judicial affair, we need to rewind the tape and return to the Perugia crime. During the interrogation [there was no interrogation] on November 5, 2007, Knox mentioned the name of Patrick Lumumba, hypothesizing that he might have been involved in Meredith’s murder. What instilled doubt in the investigators was an exchange of text messages between Lumumba, at the time the owner of a bar in the center of Perugia, and the young American student. In the following days, Knox denied the initial story, speaking of “a dream”. The fact is that Lumumba was unjustly detained in prison for 14 days, only to be later acquitted of the charges as he was totally unrelated to the murder. The 37-year-old has always maintained that she brought Lumumba into play because she was put under pressure during the interrogation. Reasons later vindicated before the European Court of Human Rights which condemned Italy for violation of rights [very minor; she was refusing a lawyer] in the slander proceedings (the young woman was heard in the absence of a defense lawyer). Appealing the ECHR decision, and also a new article introduced by the Cartabia Reform, Knox’s lawyers appealed the 3-year prison sentence and requested a new trial. In October 2023, the Court of Cassation annulled the verdict, referring the assessment of the feasibility of the crime to a new judging panel.

Amanda’s post

In the previous hearing on April 10, the Attorney General Ettore Squillace asked to confirm the 3-year prison sentence, believing that Knox would have been “aware of Lumumba’s innocence” and “aware of giving the investigators the name of a person who does not have anything to do with the murder.” The American, who professes her innocence, will be in court in Florence tomorrow “to defend herself” - as stated in the post published on X - and she hopes to “be able to clear her name” once and for all from false accusations”. “Wish me luck,” the 37-year-old wrote to her followers. And then, in Italian: “Good luck!”.

Raffaele Sollecito: “Amanda has my support”

“I had no doubts that Amanda would take part in this trial, in fact the opposite would have seemed strange to me. She will be before the judges for a positive thing, to see the violations suffered in the past recognised”, says Raffaele Sollecito in an interview with Il Giorno commenting on the decision of Knox to participate in the trial. “Perhaps we will be able to definitively close the circle on this painful and dramatic story. - he continues - And we will also finally be able to overturn the moral judgment on what was then a twenty-year-old girl. A very heavy judgment on her which, I am sure, today it would not be the same again.” The Apulian engineer, also definitively [incorrect; provisionally] acquitted for the murder of Meredith Kercher, will not participate in tomorrow’s hearing due to “work commitments” but “I will still give all my support, remotely, to Amanda”. “I hope that for everyone’s sake they apologize and make a point - concludes Sollecito - closing the last chapter of this sad and painful story”.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 06/04/24 at 01:59 PM | #
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