On April 19th, Amanda Knox, the American student accused and found guilty of killing her British roommate in Italy, saw hope again. Knox’s attorneys filed an over 200-page appeal stating that there was new evidence that could prove definitively that Knox didn’t do it. Reports say that the appeal also dissects the lack of DNA evidence placing Knox at the crime and introduces a new, star witness who can confirm her whereabouts.
Two new judges and six new jurors will hear the evidence and testimony of the appeal and make a decision as to whether or not Knox will remain in an Italian prison. It will be a tough job; say that the Italian legal system didn’t work the first time around or bend to international pressure and reverse the decision? Knox won’t be the only one effected by the judgement. Her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito will also benefit if Knox is found innocent as he too has been spending time behind bars. (Knox was sentenced to 26 years, Sollecito mysteriously only 25.) The two were convicted back in December 2009. Italian prosecutor, Giuliano Mignini might have a word to say about this however. News reports state that Mignini has said that “two decades in jail is not enough for American student Amanda Knox. He wants to put her away for life.” Interestingly, Mignini is also under fire these days for abusing the power of his office and for intimidating journalists during the trial. Mignini has filed his own appeal with the courts (which is allowed in Italy) to change Knox’s sentence from 26 years to life.
So who’s the witness that just might turn this whole case around? Mario Alessi, a convicted murderer who spends his days at the same Italian prison as the third convicted party in this drama, African man Rudy Hermann Guede. Rudy was convicted and sentenced on a fast track outside the eyes of the media frenzy. Sadly, many fear that this was accomplished because of his skin color and because he didn’t have the weight of being an American citizen behind him. Alessi is said to have told Knox’s attorneys that Guede told him (who told my mother’s brother’s sister’s uncle) that Knox wasn’t there when he sliced and diced Meredith Kercher from England.
I don’t know how strong the word of a convicted murderer is going to be in exonerating Knox, but I have a feeling this appeal is going to see some positive results. Not because the evidence is going to be overwhelming, but because the Italian prosecutor is looking more and more biased. Why appeal for life when he already got 26 years? Kercher’s family didn’t hire him to do it – so why is he making it personal? Why is he determined to win? We’ll see, but I have a nose that he’s going to be the weak link that gets the decision reversed.