Saturday, November 21

Mez: A Wilding
In Chocolate City (7#) -

Meredith Kercher Murder Case -

Prosecution Summation: Were there
any surprises? Yes, there was one at the end.

But let's start at the beginning . . .

Amanda Knox was nursing a seething resentment toward her roommate, Meredith Kercher, for making demeaning comments about her uncouth habits. Kercher's fancy Masterpiece Theater accent may have made the comments seem even more snooty and hurtful. The holiday period during which everyone else was away from the cottage, leaving Meredith alone there, presented an opportunity for Knox to strike back.

An animated film reconstruction: "also showed the staging of the crime scene, with Knox and Sollecito's avatars returning to the scene, taking off their shoes, bringing a lamp from Knox's room into Kercher's room, undressing Kercher to make it look like she had been raped, putting a blanket over the body and cleaning up some of the apartment with a mop." [Vogt]

The surprise: At the end of the prosecution's summation, the prosecutor asked for Knox to serve the first nine months of her sentence in solitary confinement during daylight hours.

I don't know what to make of this; I can only conjecture that they expect her to violently freak out when she realizes she is incarcerated and they want to take precautionary measures to protect the other inmates or prison personnel from harm.

What are her chances? I don't think they look very good at the moment. Despite her supporters' protests, there is forensic evidence. Or maybe werewolves did it.

:: Friday: [Nick Pisa] - [Andrea Vogt at SPI]

:: Also: [Nick Squires] - [Richard Owen]

:: Saturday: [Pisa] - [Vogt] - [Tom Kington]