Friday, September 11, 2009

With Trial Set To Resume,  New In-Depth Overviews By Barbie Nadeau And Andrea Vogt

Posted by Peter Quennell

Above and below, shots through the windows of the deserted Le Chic Bar, now out of business

This is where Amanda Knox had been working as a waitress and where Meredith looked set to soon join her or take her place.

Now out and online are two long, balanced and well-researched pieces by Italy-based American reporters on where things now stand.

Wonderful that the Seattle PI with its much diminished budget still manages to carry Ms Vogt’s dispassionate pieces. TJMK’s posters are about equally distributed in Italy, the UK and the US, by the way.

In fact TJMK’s and PMF’s readerships considerably exceed that of all other sites on Meredith’s case - combined. TJMK and PMF between them may be seeing 80 percent of all followers of the case

When commenting on the websites, we hope that reporters do one day make that plain. In itself it’s a statement about true justice for Meredith.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 09/11/09 at 04:13 PM in Trials 2008 & 2009News media & moviesExcellent reporting


These pictures are very sad. Patrick had a thriving business I believe, before the false accusation was made against him. How sad that someone had to lose their livelihood over this. I hope Patrick is back on his feet now and running another bar somewhere. Does anyone know if things go well for him?

Posted by TT on 09/11/09 at 06:21 PM | #

@ TT: Last I heard of Diya Lumumba in the Italian news (not too long ago) he had started a new career as a song writer, but I don’t know how successfully.

Posted by Commissario Montalbano on 09/11/09 at 10:12 PM | #

As is also true for the Kercher’s, Patrick has a good family he can rely upon - something unreachable for the Knox/Mellas/Sollecito families.

Gaining strength and each day getting a little closer to justice.

Posted by Professor Snape on 09/12/09 at 07:26 PM | #

Reading about Meredith Kercher’s family, I hope that one day they will find the peace they deserve.  I am sure this website devoted to Meredith has helped.
Well Done!

What is the timeline for sentencing when the trial concludes ( I am assuming there will be a guilty verdict).  Does the Judge, Jury or do standard sentencing guidelines determine the length incarceration?


Posted by BARBM on 09/13/09 at 09:15 AM | #

We must hope for Mr. Lumumba that he gets recompensed for the false accusation and ruination of his business by the diabolical Ms. Knox.
Let us hope that all the devastation she has caused to all those around her will be vindicated by a long and well deserved incarcertion for her horrific crime.  There can be no other justice.

As for the Kercher family, may they find solace and respite from their pain.  Their daughter appeared to be a beautiful, promising young woman and whoever caused her untimely death must pay with the loss of freedom.

Posted by LReik on 09/13/09 at 11:02 AM | #

Does anyone know how the Italian versions of the pro-Knox sites are being received by italian readers?

Posted by bobc on 09/14/09 at 10:20 AM | #

@bobc: By and large the Italians don’t give a damn about these blogs. Most Italians are pretty much convinced that Raffaele and Amanda are telling lies to hide the truth, although they may not know the exact dynamics of the murder or the exact roles and responsibilities of each.

Thinking that a simple PR campaign by the Knoxes (and fans) can change the verdict is ridiculous, especially considering that in the Italian court system the decision is made by professional judges.

The jurors (giudici popolari) in the Corte d’Assise rarely, if ever, go against the opinion of the President of the Court and the Side Judge (giudici togati), when the two professional judges both agree on the verdict. If Massei and his side judge (don’t remember the name) go for a guilty verdict, guilty it is.

Posted by Commissario Montalbano on 09/15/09 at 09:58 PM | #
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