Saturday, June 13

Mez: SHARP EDGES (3#) -

Meredith Kercher Murder Case -

More from today's proceedings . . .

In the courtroom on Saturday, the tension between Knox and Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini was palpable...

After her two days of testimony, the list of contradictions between the defense and prosecution cases is long.

:: Andrea Vogt ::


When a prosecutor interrupted her on one occasion,
she reprimanded him sharply: "Can I continue?"

:: John Follain ::


"Did you ever apologize to Patrick?" Pacelli asked.

"No," said Knox, passing up what seemed like a good
opportunity to make the apology in front of the court.

"Did you ever offer
compensation to Patrick?" asked Pacelli.

"Who, me?" she laughed. "No."

:: Barbie Nadeau - TDB ::


Mez: A KIND OF MOVIE (4#) -

Meredith Kercher Murder Case -

Here are some snatches
from today's reports so far . . .

"I actually started to imagine a kind of movie..."

+ Yeah, who could have guessed.

NB: knife item in the dispatch.

:: BBC: Duncan Kennedy in Perugia ::


Lumumba's lawyer Carlo Pacelli
told AFP later: "She is a very good actress."

:: Gina Doggett: AFP ::


:: KIROV TV: Reporter
Sabina Castelfranco blogs from inside courtroom.

:: Nick Squires in Perugia ::


Friday, June 12

Mez: PALIMPSEST (4#) -

Meredith Kercher Murder Case -

Here are more links to today's testimony. Tomorrow should be more illuminating with Cross Examination.

But first, a brief comment on the following:

blood, which she thought "strange"

Finding blood around your home is not just "strange." It is dangerous and implicitly represents a primal threat to your own safety. Here, Amanda Knox acts like she is merely a spectator describing a TV show or a movie she was watching. Her testimony about this seems somehow counterfeit from my current perspective.

:: Andrea Vogt :: - - - :: Nina Burleigh ::

:: Sabina Castelfranco - Courtroom Blogger ::

:: KOMO TV in Seattle - with comment thread ::



Meredith Kercher Murder Case -

Accused vampire-style killer
Amanda Knox has taken the stand today,
"at times appearing exasperated and annoyed."

Knox seemed to indicate that she could no longer
distinguish between fantasy and external reality:

"Miss Knox said she became so confused that...
she could no longer tell the difference
between her imagination and reality."

Not a surprise really. It isn't easy
being an undercover vampire hunter.

More later. I have to go rescan my TV
for the shift to Digital taking place today.

:: Nick Squires in Perugia ::


Wednesday, June 10


Meredith Kercher Murder Case -

"Ahh, but the strawberries
that's... that's where I had them."

Is there a Strawberry Meltdown on the horizon? Amanda Knox is scheduled to testify at the end of this week. If she conforms to her prior track record, I expect her to deteriorate into incoherent and disconnected ramblings of questionable mental competence.

"Without a psychiatric defense,
Colin Ferguson had no defense."

I can't think of anything illuminating coming out of her testimony. Why would Defense allow her to be put on the stand? There are two possibilities which come to mind:

First, her lawyers may have advised
against it, but she is defying their advice.

Or... her lawyers are contemplating a psycho plea.

* * * * * * *
:: Andrea Vogt - new Knox dispatch ::

:: Captain Queeg and the strawberries ::

:: Colin Ferguson Case ::


Monday, June 8


Meredith Kercher Murder -

Well, the long-awaited Kercher Family
testimony arrived over the weekend . . .

Many of us had been hoping for a key piece of information that would clear up some of the mystery surrounding this killing, but no such luck. The disclosure was that Meredith hardly mentioned Amanda Knox. I was not very surprised by this, since Meredith had her own group of friends, her own separate schoolwork, and her own enthusiasms.

Nick Pisa mentioned in an earlier article that Knox's Seattle boyfriend DJ attended the court sessions this past week. I was amused to see photos of his arrival accompanied by a bodyguard, which seems to be the new status symbol among young people today, possibly adapted from the pervasive Celebrity Culture.

The bodyguard wore sunglasses and looked a bit like a skinhead. Are these fellows skinheads?

I would love to know a little more about DJ, who is a member of Amanda's inner circle of friends. Does he have a criminal record? What is his profession or field of endeavor? Perhaps he is listed on one of the social network websites, but I'm not a member of any of those.

That is not to say there have been no new
revelations - there has been one, but it's very ugly.

Someone put together a lovely video montage of Meredith. It includes some poetic images of her which have been artistically manipulated for a moody effect. When the KOMO TV station in Seattle posted a story about it on their website, some of the comments on their comment thread were uncouth and what I felt as racist.

A few years ago In the Northeast, we had a case of anti-Indian racism in which a gang of youths called themselves "Dot-Busters," I believe. But I had no idea that there exists such virulent underlying racism against East Indians in the Seattle area. I found it quite disturbing.

Just sharing some recent thoughts and reactions.