(Closed) Guilty or Innocent?

posted 9 years ago in Legal
  • poll: Is Amanda Knox guilty?
    Yes : (19 votes)
    35 %
    No : (18 votes)
    33 %
    Maybe : (17 votes)
    31 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I have the tendency to believe that anybody in this sort of situations is guilty. Either they are in the worst possible place at the worst possible time with the worst possible luck, or they’re guilty. Evidence doesn’t lie and sometimes there are just too many things pointing to guilty for me to believe otherwise.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I don’t do criminal law, but it has always interested me and I’ve read/studied a lot about it. The only thing I’m sure of is that we are not getting the full story. A LOT of times, once police/prosecutor get someone in mind as a suspect, they will make the evidence fit the person. NOt that they are bad people… but they’re human and certainly have a tendency to let emotion rule reason. 

    I don’t know that she didn’t do it, and I don’t know that she did. I hope that those prosecuting her case have used measured professionalism rather than emotion, and I hope that attorneys on both sides of the case are doing their level best. Beyond that, I wait for the jury verdict. 

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I’ve been reading about it once and awhile.  It seems like the prosecution has strongly stated several times it has evidence, which ends up being flimsy or outright not true .  She’s become more of a tabloid sensation.  They haven’t showed any motive or any evidence of her being in the room or even at home at the time of the murder.  The only thing they have is confused statements from a girl who was questioned until 5 am in a foreign language.  There’s random forensic evidence like part of a footprint that could be the size of Sollecito but is that enough?

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee

    @Corgi:  I don’t practice criminal law, either . . . but I did clerk at the federal appellate level, and have seen my share of tragic cases (and have had to choose whether to affirm or overturn death penalties).  

    Aristotle said it best “the law is reason free from passion.”  While we can choose to never commit a crime, we can never choose whether or not we will ever be accused of a crime.  Innocent until proven guilty beyond a resonable doubt – those words, however cliche they may seem to the jaded and those removed from the legal process, must never be compromised. 

    Post # 7
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    636 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    This case bothers me a lot because I don’t really have a gut feeling about whether or not I think she is guilty based on the evidence.  Every article I read makes me feel differently. It’s obviously suspicious that she has changed her story, but her team seems to have fairly palusible explanations for why she did; saying she was under emotional duress, threatened, and asked to ‘imagine’ different scenarios…

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee

    I don’t think there is enough evidence to prove her guilty. From what I’ve read (only from American news, so could be biased), there isn’t evidence. I’d like to know how the prosecution came up with the theory of a crazy sex game gone wrong. It seems really out there.

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    Ugh….the verdict came in as guilty.  This was a freaking modern day witch hunt.  How could she have selectively cleaned up her DNA but not Guede’s, they’re accusing her of being a magician. 

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    Yes, love the “guilty until proven innocent” clause in Europe.

     

    Suits her well.  She’s a bit off her rocker anyways.  She’ll appeal.  And no one will ever know what really happened.

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I dont know….have you guys ever seen a picture of someone and just thought, “that person is out of their mind”. Thats what I feel when I see Amanda’s picture…theres just something not right with that girl….

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee

    This really upsets me. I’m not completely sure she’s guilty. Of course, I wasn’t on the jury, either. I think the entire case is quite flawed. They put one guy away for it already – why were they so set on proving these two had something to do with it?

    Post # 13
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Claxton Farm

    I read an article about this case last summer (I think it was in Vanity Fair, but I can’t remember for certain), and after reading about all the information left out and the DA (or Italian equivalent), I don’t think there was enough evidence to convict her. The article suggested that she’d probably be convicted due cultural perceptions of guilt and innocence, but it really seems like a witch hunt.

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I have been following this case since spring. They have zero physical evidence that she is guilty. This case is sensitive to my heart because she went to UW and I went to WSU (rival schools in WA). I feel for her and her family. 

    There is already one person proven guilty in this case… and not that that does a lot of justice… but it’s enough that the jury should not have imagined these senarios without physical evidence and put a guilty verdict on Knox. 

    Post # 15
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2010

    ugh how sad, i don’t know what i thought, i never assumed there was enough evidence to prove that she was guilty. it sucks that she wasn’t questioned in english.

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    It’s what happens when one commits a crime abroad. In Italy, you get 25 yrs on circumstantial evidence. Doesn’t help that her statements are inconsistent and her initial behaviors were disrespectful. In Australia, you get 1+ year on mudering your newlywed wife scuba diving. All justice systems are flawed but it’s all we got.

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