Monday, April 15, 2013

Barbie Nadeau Interviews Meredith’s Mother On Her Continuing Hope For The Full Truth

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From Barbie Nadeau’s interview with Arline by phone in the Daily Beast.

“It is always distressing to hear and read about the murder,” Arline told me by phone from England, where she lives. “We have to brace ourselves for another round of this nightmare.”

And yet, while at some level she is dreading the revival of the spectacle surrounding the case, she is also glad the pursuit of the truth is continuing. “We want justice for Meredith,” she told me. “We don’t want anyone who is innocent to go to jail, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions that seem to have been ignored in the last trial.”

Arline is invariably stoic, patient, and nice. But the outcome of the annulled appeal in 2011 which we now know was bent was a tremendous shock.

[After the 2009 trial Arline] Kercher went back to London to begin that painful journey. But that process was disrupted when Knox and Sollecito’s convictions were overturned on October 3, 2011. Kercher was back in the courtroom again that night. When the not-guilty verdicts were read, tears streamed down her face.

Now Kercher will have to wait once more. There will be at least two more verdicts before the nightmare is over””one by a new appellate court, which will reconsider the case, and another by Italy’s high court, which must sign off on the appellate court decision, or send it back to trial once again. As the next chapter of the case unfolds, she will have to relive the media show that tends to focus on Knox as the main character and her daughter as a bit player. She will again hear the gruesome details of her daughter’s horrible death. She doesn’t know how she will handle another cycle of trials, or if she will attend the next one.

The unfeeling Judge Hellmann spread the anulled appeal over a full year in 2011 with sessions only about every second Saturday to suit defense lawyer Giulia Bongiorno and her baby.

He did not give a second thought to the immense travel and cost difficulties of the Kerchers.  The new appeal could and should fit in a space of two weeks. Chief decider once Cassation sets the ground rules (due in writing any time in the next few weeks) will be Fabio Massimo Drago.

Dr Drago (at center below) is Tuscany’s chief judge.

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What a nice photo of Meredith with her mam and sister in happier times.

Their sense of loss must be so difficult to bear.
I cant get my head around Bongiorno limiting the trial due to her maternal instincts for her baby at the cost to a family who have had their dear daughter and sister cruelly taken away from them.
Bongiorno’s actions prolonging the agony of the Kercher family border on the cynical and indifference.

Posted by DF2K on 04/15/13 at 06:53 PM | #

There is a serene look on her face: the photo was from some happier days in the past, but she is at peace with herself. That is what is called class.

It is tough to describe but you know when you see.

I do not want to compare, but the simple snap will stay stuck in the memory for a long time.

Simply beautiful.

Posted by chami on 04/15/13 at 08:29 PM | #

Sending strength and love the the entire Kercher family.  I think we, like they, would like an end to the questions and the media circus… and I admire Arline for the strength of her comment:  “We want justice for Meredith. We don’t want anyone who is innocent to go to jail, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions that seem to have been ignored in the last trial.”  Let’s hope that the evidence will NOT be ignored again.

Posted by zinnia on 04/16/13 at 04:29 AM | #

Thank you Barbie, you’ve won more than a few friends on this site.

Posted by Spencer on 04/16/13 at 11:25 AM | #

Comparatively speaking it’s easy to see why Knox was crazy with jealousy. Meredith was everything that Knox was not, Clever, highly intelligent beautiful and driven to succeed. In other words the antithesis of Knox’s slutty mentality plus her low life outlook and laziness.

Also….I’ve said it before. I still believe given the racist element present in Seattle in general and the Knox family in particular. That race was indeed a factor here. Consider Rudy Guede and Patrick Lamumba for just a small example…...

Posted by Grahame Rhodes on 04/16/13 at 06:11 PM | #

Well said Grahame Rhodes.

Knox’s supporters have consistently proved that Knox was indeed “crazy with jealousy.”
Look at all the effort they put into attacking Mr. Kercher, after writing his book.
Witness the fake sites and pages they set up, as soon as the book was released, because they couldn’t stand Meredith’s name getting even a small amount of positive publicity.

And they constantly harp on about ‘no motive?’

Posted by Rocket Queen on 04/16/13 at 06:30 PM | #

I do not understand - how can the retrial only take two weeks?  Aren’t they going to review all the evidence once more with a jury?  What about any new evidence they might find such as retesting of the DNA?

Posted by believing on 04/17/13 at 02:32 AM | #

Hi Believing.

You seem to be talking about a whole new trial which the appeal is NOT meant to resemble.

It is meant to cover only points where the law and evidence was interpreted wrongly by Massei. Cassation has twice said Massei got nothing wrong and so the appeal could virtually be phoned in. 

We’ve covered this a few times before. The best reading is Yummi’s two posts on the Galati appeal.

The appeal juries are nothing but a nuisance, a solution that invents problems where none exist. The Supreme Court knows that.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 04/17/13 at 03:20 AM | #

By the way the annulled appeal only took three weeks (20 saturdays over one year) and that one wandered all over the map.

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

However, if they would go ahead to retest the DNA which they SHOULD, given its importance, and the fact that it led to the two being acquitted on first appeal, and I hope will also test some other areas of Meredith’s clothing (I assume they kept the clothing as evidence) - then maybe the controversy about the DNA evidence could be resolved.  As Kermit pointed out, the investigators often solve crimes YEARS after they occurred now by using DNA testing. It also seems impossible that the whole accusations about beating of AK and 53 hours of questioning would not be thoroughly reviewed and discussed, hopefully also in English for the American press.  I can’t believe how ABC presents this case in such a tabloid manner - they should be embarrassed to call themselves journalists.  Hopefully Diane Sawyer will do a better job than their other reporters in presenting things in an unbiased way.

Posted by believing on 04/18/13 at 12:54 AM | #

By the way, Arline and John produced three of the most beautiful young people that I’ve seen in awhile. Their goodness and charm just shine forth.  I love that photo above.  Stephanie and her brother have been incredible during the whole tragedy.  I feel so sorry for the parents, both in bad health and dealing with this ordeal year after year.  It’s hard to imagine why certain individuals act in such an inhumane way - senseless- just like the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Posted by believing on 04/18/13 at 12:58 AM | #

Hi believing.

According to Galati’s appeal (p.26), Vecchiotti didn’t proceed with the analysis of the remaining because she deemed the quantity wasn’t sufficient to carry out reliable analysis. Professor Novelli testified that it is possible to proceed with the extraction, amplification and attribution of DNA with just one cell (10-15 pictograms). This is a great deal less than the DNA sampled by Conti and Vecchiotti (approximately 100 pictograms). I’d like to know what Conti and Vecchiotti have done with the remaining DNA.

Posted by The Machine on 04/18/13 at 02:16 AM | #

TM… isn’t there just some way that even we, with our combined efforts, could have this testing done?  If it is a matter of funds, I would gladly contribute.  If it is a matter of law, then could you kindly explain?

Posted by zinnia on 04/18/13 at 08:06 AM | #

@believing… there are four… Meredith, Lyle, John and Stephanie, and yes, they are all beautiful!

Posted by zinnia on 04/18/13 at 08:17 AM | #

The Machine - that is indeed strange that the sample would be so reduced but if there is even one cell, it will have the DNA in it.  The controversy about RSs DNA on the bra strap not being conclusive - that it could have belonged to upwards of 500 other people?  has been touted in the comments.  And yet, even if true, who of those 500 people was actually ever in the cottage, one has to ask?  I have read so many things on so many articles that I don’t know what to believe anymore.  I don’t think there is going to be anything new in Amanda’s book that has not already been discussed at length.  I am wondering what she is going to say about Rudy Guede, and how that will match with anything they can verify.  It’s interesting that ABC would have asked for some photos - that means that someone has looked at the website for awhile.

Posted by believing on 04/18/13 at 11:56 PM | #

Hi believing,

You’ve misunderstood what I’ve written. The DNA sampled by Conti and Vecchiotti was approximately 100 pictograms. In other words, there was more than enough DNA to carry out a reliable test. Vecchiotti refused to carry out a test on this DNA.

Sollecito’s DNA was identified by two separate DNA tests. Of the 17 loci tested in the sample, Sollecito’s profile matched 17 out of 17.

Posted by The Machine on 04/19/13 at 12:22 AM | #
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