The Sad Fate Of Amanda Knox (Updated)(x2)

How is it possible, in an age where human intelligence has produced wonder after wonder, to have a murder case where guilt is determined by the “reasoning” level of a moron?

I was reading an article recently about the legal profession and the appalling lack of quality in reasoning that prevails.  Often, court opinions are little more than screeds of heavy rheotric that ignore evidence that obviously – and often definitively – undercuts the desired result.  They are frequently comically disingenuous.  Or at least it would be comical is someone’s life didn’t hang in the balance.

So the “Nencini” report re-convicting Amanda Knox contains a discussion of 2 phone calls AK made to Meredith Kercher’s phone the day after her murder but before the body was discovered  that lasted only a few seconds.  Nencini then draws the inference that these phone calls were not genuine, that they were designed to deceive the investigators, that they were so short because Amanda Knox never expected Meredith Kercher to answer because Amanda Knox already knew Meredith Kercher was dead.  And the only reason she could know that was she had participated in the killing.  Let me quote here from the Nencini report as excerpted in a “guilter” blogger’s article:

“The telephone call made [by Knox] at 12:11:54 pm to the English service of the victim lasted 4 seconds. Perhaps not even the time to repeat the first ring.

Knox should have been affected by a certain anxiety in calling Kercher’s telephone services. Filomena Romanelli let the defendant’s telephone ring for 36 seconds the first time, and the second for a good 65 seconds; an insistence which appears normal. But that did not happen when Knox called… these are two calls that barely registered [and this] has only one plausible explanation:

There was no concern at all in the mind of Amanda Knox when she made the two calls to the young English woman, simply because she knew very well that Meredith Kercher could not have answered the calls; calls which had to be made because Filomena Romanelli insisted, but which the defendant knew were useless. Nobody would have been able to answer those calls; let alone poor Meredith Kercher whom the accused knew was lifeless, locked in her own bedroom.”

The problem is that there was a much longer phone call from Amanda Knox to Kercher’s phone earlier – at 12:07 PM – so long that Kercher’s phone – that had been tossed into some bushes and would otherwise have been lost – rang and rang until it was found.  And this phone call also occurred well after Kercher’s murder, but before the shorter calls.

To a sane and reasonably intelligent person, then, the earlier, longer phone call rules out making the incriminating inference from the later calls.  In other words, Nencini is either not sane or not intelligent.  Or, I suppose there is a third possibility:  he’s not honest.

So Amanda KNox’s fate at this point has rested with a man who is either crazy, or stupid, or corrupt and dishonest, and there’s no other alternative.

So appalling.

Update:  From CNN’s report this morning:

But the high-profile nature of the case and the controversial evidence prosecutors have built their argument on makes Knox’s extradition anything but certain.

“Controversial” evidence? That’s what stupid evidence and unfounded argument are to the media – as long as those are offered by police and prosecutors.  Judges aren’t the only apparently reason-challenged players in this drama.

Update 2:  After 9 PM in Italy and no word yet.  If this was a jury deliberating over here, might start thinking about whether they’re hung, but I don’t think that’s possible here.

Update 3:  An apparently unexpected acquittal.  Good on the Italians. Of course, if twitter traffic was any indication, there are millions who will never let go of it.  But for now, while the whole thing is still terribly sad, Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend can enjoy at least some peace.  And maybe Meredith Kercher’s survivors, too.

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Filed under Judicial lying/cheating, Media incompetence/bias, Uncategorized, wrongful convictions

6 responses to “The Sad Fate Of Amanda Knox (Updated)(x2)

  1. chrishalkides

    Regrettably, this is not the only instance of risible reasoning that the convicting courts in this case have employed (far from it). With respect to this particular instance, Amanda perhaps inferred that Meredith’s phone was going to voicemail. Having already left a message, why is there a need to leave another? On the other hand, one of the courts reasoned that Amanda called Meredith’s phone to see whether or not it had been found (might have been Massei). This ignores the obvious problem that if you call a phone, you are increasing the odds of someone’s hearing the phone and finding it. I hope my memory has not deceived me.

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    • I’ve been on twitter a bit going on about all this. Probably too much. It’s a dismal swamp.

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    • Indeed. I think a lot of this case is about the generation gap. The technological revolution has altered the way we communicate and has occurred at a speed that can make the average 30 year old seem out of touch. It would not have occurred to the judge that the call could have gone to voicemail, because he probably doesn’t know what a voicemail is. This whole case is full of middle aged and older men who have formed opinions based on their point of view, rather than on the facts. These points of view have also been clouded by the fantasies these same men have about young women.

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  2. Corrupt doesn’t even begin to describe what’s happened over in Italy. It’s now just a bunch of old men covering their arses and trying to hide the extent to which they screwed up. Amanda Knox is so manifestly innocent, it’s heartbreaking to see Twitter is still such a stew of mindless hatred and bile against her. And poor Raffaele, caught up in the insanity just because he refused to be as cowardly and self-serving as the Italian justice system.

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    • Nick, are you a lawyer? I mean, I guess that doesn’t matter but I’m interested in what an intelligent layman thinks about the kind of mentality you see on twitter. The willingness to believe in guilt irrationally is both fascinating and frightening.

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      • Nick Green

        No, I’m no lawyer. Just a person who likes to look at the facts before coming to a decision. And I decided long ago that if Amanda Knox took up babysitting, I’d happily leave my kids with her.

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