Amanda Knox Slander Trial Delayed Until October 2010

Amanda Knox, June 2010

Ms. Knox appeared in court today in Perugia, sporting a very short haircut and a rather unemotional expression.  The slander case against her has been postponed, as her defense attorney raised concerns about the bias of the presiding judge, Claudia Matteini, who had been a pre-trial judge in the original murder case.

Ms. Knox is said to be suffering from bouts of depression while in prison.  I would imagine that the thought of adding another six years to her sentence is more than one can take if one believes she is innocent.  Additionally, the pain of knowing that her situation has resulted in a legal accusation against Ms. Knox’s parents must be overwhelming. They will be in court in July for repeating the “slander,” based on their daughter’s account that she was hit in the back of the head by police during questioning. All charges have been brought forward by Giuliano Mignini, prosecutor in the murder trial.

In a recent letter read by Ms. Knox’s parents on Italian television, she states:  “I am very sad and pained. I would never wish hurt, death or violence on anyone.”

There has been no news in the press today about the family of Meredith Kercher, the British study abroad student who was murdered in a house that she shared with Ms. Knox and two other housemates.