It could merely be that Amanda was a scared girl being falsely accused in a language she didn't understand and in the confusion, said anything just to get the police off her back. None of us can know how we would react in a similar situation, maybe we'd do the same thing. It could also be her trying to throw the police off her own trail, as the prosecution claimed, but again there's no physical evidence so I doubt she's guilty of murder.
I'm not being completely one sided here. I've said I don't think Amanda is guilty of murder - I can see parts of both sides. Trouble is, it seems you can't.
It varies from country to country and there are obvious differences in Italy, but I think a slap and a beating are considered much the same. I think the only way it could be proven would be if the interviews were recorded on video, and ALL that video is shown. Otherwise, it's a case of she says v they say. I tend to think the police are clutching at straws to make up for holes in their own investigation.
One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.
Even if you believe that she was guilty of other things, she was serving time for murder. If she did not do it, is that not injustice, regardless of what else she might have done?
If she slandered Lumumba, he should win his slander suit. If he does, then she will have to pay for that, will she not?
But if you actually believe that Amanda Knox is innocent of murder, then you must be at least as outraged on her behalf as you are for Patrick Lumumba, no? After all, he was accused and he undoubtedly suffered--but he wasn't convicted and he spent only two weeks in jail.
"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."-- Albert Einstein.
Found it! I don't think this is the audio of the trial, I remember she was speaking italian and saying that a policemen said to her she was stupid, and slapped her on the back of her neck.
By the way this is an audio of her speaking in english, with italian subtitles:
The moment where she's talking about being slapped is around 5.20.
(There's an interesting note to the side: local papers talk all the time about third party experts that aren't being transparent, or aren't chosen trasparently, in the land of corruption - where the prosecutor loses).
The second third party expert overturned the results of the first one, hence the verdict was too.
There's no reason to believe that those in charge of the verdict didn't do their job well, considering the evidence they were presented.
But bad news never got better by going blind. Infact, awareness is crucial to address them.
Italy is ranked 69th by Transparency International, from least corrupted to most corrupted countries. Behind Rwanda, Costa Rica, Kuwait, Malasya, Cuba, Turkey, South Africa, Ghana, and many more.
If you consider the Bribe Payers Index (likelihood of companies to pay bribes abroad), Italy ranks 15th out of the 28 largest economies considered. Behind South Korea and Brazil, but ties with Hong Kong, Malasya and South Africa.
Freedom House doesn't think italian press is free, only one in Western Europe, so that you can see Italy isn't part of the western world, even if you'd like it different.
Netindex.com says Italy is 74th for download speed. That's after Barhain, Ghana, Libya, Kazakstan, Thailand, Turkey, Macedonia, Mongolia, Chile, Aruba, Vietnam, and many others.
Again: in the last ten years Italy is the country whose economy grew less in the entire world, except Zimabwe and Haiti (Haiti would have been ahead of Italy if it wasn't for the earthquake).
More: Italy is the country with more tax evasion in Europe, which puts it ahead of many other countries outside Europe too. - Greece might be battling in relative numbers, Italy is definitely ahead in absolute numbers.
Last edited by loulou; 02-20-2012 at 06:05 PM.