Italian court extends Amanda Knox evidence probe
Amanda Knox prepares for a court proceeding Saturday in Perugia, Italy.
May 21st, 2011
09:52 AM ET

Italian court extends Amanda Knox evidence probe

A probe into the evidence against Amanda Knox, the American student convicted of murder in Italy, was extended Saturday for another 40 days, according to her attorney.

The results of new DNA tests were due Saturday, but forensic experts were not able to complete their work in time.

Knox, 23, was sentenced in December to 26 years in prison for the death of Meredith Kercher at the villa the two shared in Perugia, the central Italian town where both were students.

Speaking in Italian, Knox made another emotional plea to the court Saturday, said her attorney, Luciano Ghirga. Knox insisted to the jury that she is innocent and has already spent 3 1/2 years behind bars.

She also said she is grateful for the court's pursuit of the truth, Ghirga said.

The forensic experts retesting evidence as part of Knox's appeal are scheduled to present their results on June 30 to a jury of two judges and six citizens.

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  1. Big Game James

    Why is that SOME women just don't think they should go to jail for anything!?!

    May 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fall Line

      Have you considered the possibility that she's not guilty?

      May 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JusticeToAll

    Italy is known to have the worst criminal system in Europe.

    May 22, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stewie

    @suechip, don't get your panties in a wad Everyone knows Kahn is French. Do you not understand sarcasm?

    May 22, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. zeb

    for once I wish the people will find out the real facts of this case, there was NO DNA of amanda in the room that Meredith was murder.
    and yes people that is a fact.
    She did not have a lawyer until she first went to court, which was 3 days after the arrest, that was the first time she saw her defence lawyer, 3 days in jail with out a lawyer to talk to, so said lawyer could starting to build a defence up for her.
    Its all very well saying that you do not like Italy, as in all your post about Amanda who you hate, one day you will put your real facts down for the reason of hate.

    May 23, 2011 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. American In italy

    If you are curious about the confusing legal system of Italy, and how it has affect Amanda Knox and other persons (guilty and not guilty), you should look into the book "The Monster of Florence" by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi. It is disturbing in its unveiling of the systems (or lack thereof) of the Italian judicial system. The most recent version has an epilogue on the Amanda Knox trial. Riveting read.

    May 23, 2011 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Anna

    I'm Italian and I live in Italy, Here there is the problem that if you are suspected of murder (the case of amanda) and you are in italy legally, you stay in jail but if you killed someone and you are an illegal migrant you are free after 3 days! this is scandalous! Maybe you don't remember that in prison there is also the italan guy Sollecito, exactly like her and he hasn't change his statement and accused another man 3 times, as it did amanda. Maybe only rudy guede have killed meredith but maybe that night she was there! Also Italy you could be accused of murder only with suspects, tests are not necessary! Is not a correct thing but here we have a bad justice, it is well know.

    May 23, 2011 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. zeb

    Anna, it seems that what the media says is true, thats fine by me, you have the right to make up your own mind, I am all for the freedom of speech.
    The only thing that is wrong with Italy, is the justice, needs to move to a faster mold, I do like the people in the, usa, saying do not go Italy.
    Because I have be to Italy about five or six times, I found the people very hardworking and nice, p,s and nice wine.The proscutor Mignini, use the court to cover his daft movements, from the start, let me ask you if Amanda, if you was interview in a police station from 8pm to 5.45 am, with 12 peo[le that was trained in hard interocation, no toilet, No lawyer. No intepreter no water, Opps she did have an policewoman as a interperter, which Amanda said in court that the same women, was the the one who slaped her over the head in the interrogation
    What I am trying very hard to do, is their are a few bad apples at the top in the police system, yet we have that all around the world.
    To the Americans Please go to Italy, It,s avery nice place to go to, you learn about history, you can learn about the romans.
    Every thing will come out in the wash

    May 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mariana

      I agree Italy is a great place, I also have been there several time, I believe because the evidence or lack of it, Amanda and her former boyfriend are innocent, that problem for me was this crazy guy Mignini and the corruption on the people around him in that particular place, how is that they found plenty evidence on the room, dna, hair, footprints, etc form this guy Rudy and not a single real evidence fro amanda and Rafaell S? Only a knife that did not match the wounds and no sufficient DNA found on Rafael place and part of Meridith bra collected 1 mount after the murder?? they were guilty on the press before the trial even started , and the guy Mignini keep harassing all the people that dare to defend Amanda publicly and looks like he is obsessed with her and how is Mignini still working when in other case he was found guilty on abuse of high office, and dereliction of duty ? I can not understand a lot of things on this case and really think she is innocent.

      May 23, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anna

    Zed thank you, because our economy is saved by the tourism. I hope that Americans don't stop to come here. If I was Amanda first of all I would not use drugs and I would not have chanched the version of events all those times, accused an another man etc. Maybe in the US you haven't watch the video of amanda and raffaele in a lingerie store to buy some tanga for her the day after the meredith's death, happy and smiling. so if she was innocent but she wasn't impressed by the death of meredith she must be more smart! she have did many errors. Ok she have did a long interrogation without a lawyer but in italy is frequently that happened something wrong in the justice and she was alone, maybe they think that in that way she could confess something. At the end for me she could be innocent but in a country where you could go to jail only with clues (and it depends by judge) I'm not impressed by the fact that she's still in prison. At the end you are right, the justice here is wrong, with bad persons like Mignini (now accused of abuse of high office). But here we have an high corruption everywhere so is difficult improve the justice. Here nobody trust in the justice and also in the police. Is a very sad situation. I hope that raffaele and amanda will be free because they have already payed with 4 years of jail in any case. But I'm note sure that they will be declared innocent. Sorry for my bad english language.

    May 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. zeb

    If this case was not so sad , it make great film, something like the pink panter.
    Amanda was arrested because of her body movements,.
    No evidence had came back from the lab, but the police was recording Amandas phone calls, there was nothing in the phones that put amanda at sence of the crime.
    But they did know that Amandas mother, was due, in Italy on the 7th Nov, thats why they Arrested her, when the lab report came back to the police, they found out that it was a man named Rudy, a part time drug dealer, and a break in artist.
    Rudy ran away to Germany, Amanda and raffaele stay in Perugia, he was picked up and sent back to Italy.
    Now you think that the head of the police force would say sorry we got very wrong.
    Release Amanda and raffaele, as we know now the reason is, when the police arrested Amanda and Raffaele, they told the world, case closed, via tv and news papers.
    other words, they have trown them selfs under the bus, in italy,
    When you became a suspect you can be held in prison for, a year, why the police look for evidence, before you being charged, withing that year, the police worked hard, very hard to destroy Amanda personalty, via leeks to the press, also there was one more reason, Amanda would have told her side of the story to the press.
    After 1 year, the only evidence was a small bit of DNA on the bra clasp and a tiny bit of DNA on the so called murder knife, that belonged to Raffaele, the DNA was ment to be of Meredith, which could be only tested once.
    with this evidence, they then charge Amanda, Raffaele,
    By that time press had done its work, they made Amanda Look like a street walker. the main things that can give Amanda an alibi, was also destroy, by the police.
    Now the press have started to look into this case with fresh eyes, but the damage they have done to Amanda and Raffaele cannot be repaired.

    May 30, 2011 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. zeb

    This the first fact that you got right, gee it only took three and a half years to get right.
    Well done old chap

    May 30, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ddferrari

    Hang in there, Amanda- I believe that you are innocent, based on the evidence. Yes, your behavior was a bit odd after Meridith's death... but as you were young , I wouldn't expect you to act as a mature woman at the time. I really hope you're on American soil and breathing in the fresh Pacific NW air very soon! I have always believed in your innocence and never forgot about you, sweetie.

    @Anna: Please don't apologize for your English- it's excellent, and one hundred times better than my Italian! 🙂 Italy is so beautiful and respected by Americans (like me), there is no way one legal matter- even a seemingly botched one- would keep Americans from visiting your wonderful country. I really respect and appreciate that you said that your own country is not perfect; that was great! Neither is the USA- not by a country mile. Thanks, international sister!

    David Ferrara – Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

    June 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      @ ddferrari: thank you too David! international brother 😀

      At the end I could only say that all of you must enter into the Italian Criminal Justice thinking and way of act. You could find all of the evidence of innocence but all dipends by the judge now. in any case please don't thinking that amanda is accused of murder especially because she's american because this isn't true. There is another case (the Garlasco's Case, is similar about the evidences) where the only investigated, Alberto Stasi, for all the time of the investigation remained free and at the end the judge declared him innocent for lack of evidences. Maybe the same thing will happen to amanda and raffaele. we could only wait, and you know we wait for a long time.

      June 13, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. David Minnich

    The Italian legal system is almost as bad as Florida's in the good ole U.S.A.

    June 4, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Erin Bishop

    The girl is clearly innocent. The Evidence ALONE proves that. Add on top of everything, she's the victim of a corrupt legal system which is manipulated by a total whacko. Poor girl. She is an American who is innocent. We should stand up for her!

    June 4, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
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