Hypocrisy, Italian style

This goes to the heart of the conviction of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. The ‘judicial truth’ established in Rudy Guede’s trial process destroyed Knox and Sollecito’s right to a fair trial.

In this clip we see Perugia prosecutor Giuliano Mignini acting as an apologist for Guede – the man who murdererd Meredith Kercher. There can be no better example of the workings of Italian ‘justice’.

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How two people were framed – the details

It’s not easy to frame innocent people.  Mistakes are made.  Witnesses fail to get their stories straight.  Fraudulent evidence is noticed.  Real forensic experts from elsewhere point out what is wrong with it.  Criminal profilers explain why the suspects are unlikely to have been involved.  The whole shambolic nature of the enterprise is unpicked and revealed for the fraud it is.

The mass media may not pay attention to this.  Newspapers like a simple narrative and for them the prosecution story may be fine.  We have all heard the expression, “Don’t believe what you read in the papers”, but you don’t know how true it is until you or somebody you care about is in the news.  It pays to be sceptical of every source.  Check facts and verify statements.  Don’t trust the messenger.

Acting on these principles, a group of innocence campaigners have built a website.  It covers the Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito Case in detail.  Please read it.  You will learn how Meredith Kercher and her family have been failed and continue to be failed by Italy.

I was asked to provide a case summary, or overview.  I had no hesitation in doing so.  The creators of the site have done a fantastic job.  They have the facts at their fingertips and they are set out clearly.  Please use those facts when you talk to your friends.  Every journey starts with a single step.  Start here:

http://www.amandaknoxcase.com/case-summary/

Step right up for the next phase

“Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.” – George Orwell

The battle to control the past reaches the next phase on March 25th when the Italian Supreme Court is expected to rule again on the innocence or guilt of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. In its previous incarnation in 2013 it overturned Judge Hellmann’s acquittal of the pair and ordered that the conviction should be reinstated at a further second level trial. This was duly done in Florence last year by Judge Nencini.

Who controls the past controls the future

For the Supreme Court, the events that happened on the evening of November 1st 2007 in Perugia are no longer relevant. The fact that Rudy Guede murdered Meredith Kercher is beside the point. We are looking at the Italian concept of judicial truth here, not reality. George Orwell understood the importance of controlling the past as he explained in his dystopian novel, ‘1984’. The truth of Meredith Kercher’s death is in the past. The only person who is still alive and who was there was Rudy Guede and we are unlikely to hear from him on the subject. He has been effectively silenced by a tightly controlled judicial process that minimised his role as lone murderer by implicating others for his benefit.

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The Strange Case of Coline Covington

It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.” – David St. Hubbins (Spinal Tap)

Coline Covington is a psychoanalyst – and by all accounts a respected one. She has practised for over twenty years in London and her clients have included “senior executives, politicians, artists, writers, film-makers, and people working in the health professions”.

She hails from the USA and was awarded a BA at Princeton University, moving on to Cambridge University for postgraduate studies, subsequently gaining a doctorate in sociology from the LSE. She has worked for local authorities and the Metropolitan Police and is a former Chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council. She is a Training Analyst and Supervisor of the Society of Analytical Psychology and the British Psychotherapy Foundation. She is also former Editor of the Journal of Analytical Psychology. This is altogether an impressive resume.  Continue reading

The forty myths that convicted Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito – Part three

“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.” – John F. Kennedy

Part Three – Myths 21 to 40

Myth 21 – Amanda Knox is sex crazed and owned a sex toy

A novelty vibrator was a joke going away present. Knox indicated in court that it was about one inch long and her friend Madison Paxton confirmed this. John Follain, the journalist who was close to Mignini, suggests in his book that it was four inches long. Why was this brought up at all? The only purpose of putting this irrelevant detail in the pubic domain was to shock more censorious jury members, titillate a prurient media and decrease the possibility of a fair trial. There is no evidence that women who own sex toys are more likely to murder than anyone else.

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