Amanda Knox Appeal Filed

Amanda Knox in court

Attorneys for Ms. Amanda Knox have officially filed the appeal for the December 2009 prison sentence for the murder of Ms. Meredith Kercher.

Knox’s legal teams are expected to challenge controversial forensics in the case and are asking for a 3rd party review of the forensic evidence. This was already requested during the original trial, but the Knox family is hopeful that a new appeals court judge will grant such an independent review.

Ms. Knox’s lawyers are contesting the knife that prosecutors said was the murder weapon that had Knox’s DNA on the handle and Kercher’s on the blade. They also are questioning luminol-positive traces of footprints found in the corridor and the spot in another room where prosecutors say Knox and her then beau, Raffaele Sollecito, staged a break-in to confuse the investigators. A police biologist had testified during the trial that these luminol positive traces had mixed genetic material of Ms. Knox and Ms. Kercher.

What are your thoughts about this highly controversial case?  How has it impacted university programs abroad? What do you think will be the outcome of this appeal?  Please feel free to comment.

  • jim

    Go on file the appeal the propagandanizing family of amanda knox, u have been lying along with ur daughter from the inception of thiscase. nothing will change, no one in the right state of their minds to believe her and u people after her own jumbles of lies and your's using of american media just to continously blurr and distor the facts. despite of the controverseries of evidences like in any murder case in USA(like the one going on in longisland of a racial based murder,, j effery conroy read about it), anyone with little common sense can see that she is guilty. Both she and Raff have murdered meredith , killed her like an animal. She did the crime, so now pay your time. . stop beating the propaganda and distorting the facts, ok, you are the most disgusting people i have ever seen. i know its ur daughter but a convicted murderer. why do we have to put upwithis convicted murderer getting so much attention in the news. she belongs in that hole for 26 yrs, hopefully for life and you belong in the hall of shame, low lives

    • Hello Jim. Can you give examples of where you feel facts are being distorted/blurred? Please note that I am not paid to write this blog and that I do not know Ms. Knox and did not know Ms. Kercher. However, I am curious about different perspectives on this case, so please clarify your comment.

  • John Winters

    Missy.

    If I might be so bold as to proffer assistance to you in your quest to learn more about this case, may I point you to a site called ''Injustice in Perugia.''

  • The evidence against Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito is overwhelming.

    Amanda Knox’s DNA was found on:

    1. On the double DNA knife and a number of independent forensic experts – Dr. Patrizia Stefanoni, Dr. Renato Biondo and Professor Francesca Torricelli – categorically stated that Meredith’s DNA was on the blade.

    2. Mixed with Meredith’s blood on the ledge of the basin.

    3. Mixed with Meredith’s blood on the bidet.

    4. Mixed with Meredith blood on a box of Q Tip cotton swabs.

    5. Mixed with Meredith’s blood in the hallway.

    6. Mixed with Meredith’s blood on the floor of Filomena’s room, where the break-in was staged.

    7. On Meredith’s bra according to Dr. Stefanoni AND Raffaele Sollecito’s forensic expert, Professor Vinci.

    Amanda Knox’s footprints were found set in Meredith’s blood in two places in the hallway of the new wing of the cottage. One print was exiting her own room, and one print was outside Meredith’s room, facing into the room. These bloody footprints were only revealed under luminol.

    A woman’s bloody shoeprint, which matched Amanda Knox’s foot size, was found on a pillow under Meredith’s body. The bloody shoeprint was incompatible with Meredith’s shoe size.

    Two independent imprint experts categorically excluded the possibility that the bloody footprint on the blue bathmat could belong to Rudy Guede. Lorenzo Rinaldi stated:

    “You can see clearly that this bloody footprint on the rug does not belong to Mr. Guede, but you can see that it is compatible with Sollecito.”

    The other imprint expert print expert testified that the bloody footprint on the blue bathmat matched the precise characteristics of Sollecito’s foot.

    An abundant amount of Raffaele Sollecito's DNA was found on Meredith's bra clasp. Sollecito must have applied considerable pressure to the clasp in order to have left so much DNA. The hooks on the clasp were damaged which confirms that Sollecito had gripped them tightly.

    According to Judge Massei and Judge Cristiani, Rudy Guede's visible bloody footprints lead straight out of Meredith's room and out of the house. He didn't lock Meredith's door, remove his trainers, go into Filomena's room or the bathroom that Meredith and Knox shared.

    He didn't scale the vertical wall outside Filomena's room or gain access through the window. The break-in was clearly staged. This indicates that somebody who lived at the cottage was trying to deflect attention away from themselves and give the impression that a stranger had broken in and killed Meredith.

    Guede had no reason to stage the break-in and there was no physical evidence that he went into Filomena's room or the bathroom. The scientific police found a mixture of Knox's DNA and Meredith's blood on the floor in Filomena's room. They also found irrefutable proof that Knox and Sollecito had tracked Meredith's blood into the bathroom.

    The murder dynamic implicates Knox and Sollecito.

    Barbie Nadeau wrote the following:

    "Countless forensic experts, including those who performed the autopsies on Kercher's body, have testified that more than one person killed her based on the size and location of her injuries and the fact that she didn't fight back—no hair or skin was found under her fingernails."

    Judge Paolo Micheli claimed that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito knew precise details about Meredith's murder that they could have only known if they were present when she was killed.

    Amanda Knox voluntarily admitted that she involved in Meredith's murder in her handwritten note to the police on 6 November 2007. She stated on at least four separate occasions that she was at the cottage when Meredith was killed. She also claimed that Sollecito was at the cottage.

    Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito both gave multiple conflicting alibis and lied repeatedly. Their lies were exposed by telephone and computer records, and by CCTV footage. Neither Knox nor Sollecito have credible alibis for the night of the murder despite three attempt each. At the trial, Sollecito refused to corroborate Knox's alibi that she was at his apartment.

    Legal expert Stefano Maffei stated the following:

    "There were 19 judges who looked at the evidence over the course of two years, faced with decisions on pre-trial detention, review of such detention, committal to trial, judgment on criminal responsibility. They all agreed, at all times, that the evidence was overwhelming.

  • joancj

    I came to this site because I thought perhaps the same old crew wouldn't be here, but, alas, here they are…same posters on every blogsite screaming for Amanda's blood. I don't know who is funding this gang or what their real motive might be, but somebody has to be behind this…am I right "jim", "harry rag"(e?), "e.norton", "retired farmer", ali fahqr, etc, etc, etc.

    These people will post anything no matter how bizarre or salacious & I have to admit they are incredibly creative in coming up with new and more ugly myths and legends about this case, however, the bottom line is…and always has been…forensic material belonging to Rudy Guede was found all over Meredith Kercher's bedroom and body. No forensic material belonging to either Amanda Knox or Raffaele Sollecito was found in Meredith Kercher's bedroom or body. If you can figure out how three people can stage a particularly bloody and brutal murder and only one of them (& not even the one that allegedly cut her throat) leaves forensic material behind, I am sure the CSI world will be interested. Rudy Guede killed Meredith Kercher…period.

    Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are innocent…end of story.

    • We continue to see that there are 2 very firmly rooted camps in this important case. I'll be curious to see what happens during the appeal and I remind everyone who reads this blog that I am not paid by either family, legal representative, etc to write about this case. I have written about it because it is related to international education.

  • Heather

    This case an egregious example of abuse of power by Prosecutor Mignini; Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito have been wrongly convicted! There is no evidence that they had anything to do with this horrible crime! Steve Moore, a veteran FBI agent has written several articles for Injustice in Perugia website. He has had 25 years of experience in the investigation and prosecution of violent crime, from murder to mass-murder and terrorism. Steve has researched the Meredith Kercher murder case extensively. Steve's expert opinion is one that comes from years of experience and one that must be respected when it comes to crimes of this nature. Please take the time to read Steve Moore's articles and learn the facts about this case from an expert that you can trust. http://www.injusticeinperugia.org

    • Thank you for your comment. As I've said before, there are two very firm camps on this case. Keep writing in and sharing your opinions and resources!