US Senator Maria Cantwell's Statement on Amanda Knox Guilty Verdict

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WASHINGTON, DC –Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) issued the following statement on Amanda Knox’s guilty verdict decided today by an Italian court in Perugia, Italy. Knox, a 22-year-old Seattle native, was accused of murdering her British school roommate Meredith Kercher in November 2007. Knox stood trial with co-defendant and former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.

Senator Cantwell’s statement:

I am saddened by the verdict and I have serious questions about the Italian justice system and whether anti-Americanism tainted this trial. The prosecution did not present enough evidence for an impartial jury to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that Ms. Knox was guilty. Italian jurors were not sequestered and were allowed to view highly negative news coverage about Ms. Knox. Other flaws in the Italian justice system on display in this case included the harsh treatment of Ms. Knox following her arrest; negligent handling of evidence by investigators; and pending charges of misconduct against one of the prosecutors stemming from another murder trial.

I am in contact with the U.S. Ambassador to Italy and have been since the time of Ms. Knox’s arrest. I will be conveying my concerns to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. I have also been in touch with the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC.

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"The case against Knox has so many holes in it, and is so tied to the career of a powerful Italian prosecutor who is under indictment for professional misconduct, that any fair-minded jury would have thrown it out months ago."
— Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times columnist Timothy Egan
Click here to read his analysis.

Click here to watch American Girl, Italian Murder: The Verdict online. This program was aired on December 5. It is part of CBS's 48 Hours Mystery series, which is put together by people with extensive experience investigating and reporting on high-profile crimes. They were among the first to recognize that Amanda is the victim of a legal travesty, and they have done an outstanding job of covering this case. We encourage Amanda's supporters to leave positive feedback at the CBS website.



A heartfelt thanks for your support

On behalf of Amanda and her family, we want to thank everyone who has contacted FOA to express their concern and to offer help in the wake of an unjust and unsupportable guilty verdict. We are developing a strategy to raise public awareness of this case and help bring about a reversal of the verdicts against both Amanda and Raffaele. Once it is in place, we will welcome all the help we can get, and we will be in touch with you.

In the mean time, American supporters can help by thanking Senator Maria Cantwell for taking a stand on behalf of Amanda, and by asking the congressional delegates in your state as well as the US State Department and President Obama to support Amanda and her family in appealing this verdict. The best way to contact these officials is by email. We suggest a short note with subject header of "Thank you for supporting Amanda Knox" for Senator Cantwell, and "Please support Amanda Knox" for other officials and for the State Department. For the email form on the White House website, we suggest you choose "I have a policy comment" and mention your support for Amanda Knox in the first sentence of your message.

Click here to email Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) or use the following:

The Honorable Maria Cantwell
511 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

202-224-3441
202-228-0514 - FAX
202-224-8273 - TDD

Click here to email Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) or use the following:

The Honorable Patty Murray
173 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone: (202) 224-2621
Fax: (202) 224-0238
Toll Free: (866) 481-9186

Click here to email the President or use the following:

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Comments: 202-456-1111
FAX: 202-456-2461
TTY/TDD comments: 202-456-6213

Click here to email the US State Department or use the following:

U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520

202-647-4000
TTY:1-800-877-8339



"A railroad job from hell"

That is how Paul Ciolino, a top-rated private investigator, described the case against Amanda Knox on the CBS program 48 Hours. CBS engaged Ciolino to investigate the charges against Amanda, a college student from Seattle who is accused of killing her housemate in Perugia, Italy. He traveled to Perugia, performed a thorough investigation, and determined that Amanda is clearly innocent. But she has been in prison for over two years and has now been convicted of a murder she did not commit, all because the authorities will not admit they made a mistake.


The case in a nutshell

Meredith Kercher, a British student living in Perugia, Italy, was brutally murdered on the night of November 1, 2007. The crime involved a sexual assault and a struggle that left behind DNA, bloody shoe prints, and bloody fingerprints, all belonging to one man — Rudy Guede. Guede fled the country after the murder. He was tracked down, arrested, and brought back to Italy. In 2008, he was convicted of murder after choosing an abbreviated trial, and he has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Guede, and Guede alone, is responsible for Meredith's tragic death.

But it took many days to analyze forensic evidence and identify Guede from police fingerprint records. The authorities were under intense pressure to solve the crime immediately and put the citizens of Perugia at ease. So they jumped the gun. Before they knew about Guede, they arrested three innocent people:

Amanda, who was Meredith's housemate
Raffaele Sollecito, who was Amanda's boyfriend
Patrick Lumumba, who ran a bar where Amanda worked part-time
On the day of these arrests, the authorities publicly announced an extraordinary conclusion — that this trio had murdered Meredith because she refused to join them in a group sex game.

Lumumba was released after about two weeks because he had an airtight alibi. But the authorities did not reconsider their basic theory when they realized Lumumba could not have been involved. Instead, they merely substituted Guede for Lumumba as the third participant.

The problem with this theory is twofold.

First, it is pure speculation. Amanda and Raffaele have never shown the slightest tendency toward violence or sexual aggression, nor have they ever been involved in group sex, nor is there evidence of a relationship between them and Guede.
Second, there is no real evidence that more than one person assaulted Meredith Kercher, or that Amanda and Raffaele were present when it happened.
Everyone agrees this murder involved a violent struggle. That is why Guede left so much physical evidence in his wake. But Amanda and Raffaele left none of the physical evidence one would expect if they had been involved in the crime. The few traces the police have come up with are so weak and ambiguous they prove nothing of importance and should have no place in a fair trial.

Click here to read more about the case and the evidence.

Wrongful prosecution happens all over the world, often when police and prosecutors take a public stance that later proves unsupportable. That is what has happened in this case. The authorities got out ahead of the evidence, they announced that they had solved the crime, and now they refuse to admit they were fundamentally wrong in their initial assessment. The plain truth is that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito had no reason to wish Meredith harm, and neither was present when she was murdered. They are innocent.


Who we are

Friends of Amanda is a group of people who recognize that Amanda is innocent. We are not affiliated with her family,

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This'll be a sad day for Conservatism if we sit on our hands and allow a blond liberal, euro trash loving, racial/ethnic/culture sellout, kooky exchange student to rot in prison at the hands of a criminal. Seriously think about it..if we allow Nancy Grace, Hillary Clinton and Maria Cantwell to do the heavy lifting for us while we're stuck on the internationalist, hate America, euro trash bandwagon: Conservatism will lose credibility. Friday, two heavy hitters, Ann Coulter and LL were giggling about how guilty they believe Knox is, how her behaviour tells all. Some of the most pathetic, neanderthal swill I've ever heard.