In November 2007 Amanda Knox was convicted of murdering and sexually assaulting her roommate, Meredith Kercher. She (Amanda) was dating some guy named Raffaele Sollecito who, along with Rudy Guede was also charged. The big problem with this case (at least, the big problem with the prosecutor’s case) is that there was DNA goddamned everywhere. Rudy Guede’s DNA was all over the place (including of course inside of Meredith Kercher), so we’re pretty sure he’s still guilty. Sollecito’s DNA was found on fragments of Kercher’s torn bra. Knox’s DNA was found on the knife that was used to kill Kercher.

The day after the murder Amanda Knox wrote a very long note professing her innocence:

I’m trying, I really am, because I’m scared for myself. I know I didn’t kill Meredith. That’s all I know for sure. In these flashbacks that I’m having, I see Patrik as the murderer, but the way the truth feels in my mind, there is no way for me to have known because I don’t remember FOR SURE if I was at my house that night.

Who the fuck is Patrik? Oh, Patrick Lamumba: the owner of the club where Amanda Knox worked. Completely unrelated to the case it turns out. She just accused him because maybe she saw it in a dream or something.

Anyhow, here’s where shit gets a little messed up. Basically all of the evidence against Sollecito and Knox was called into question by the defense. I mean, like, all of it. For some reason, it took police 49 days to remove all the evidence from Kercher’s room. What the fuck? The room wasn’t that big, how could they be finding stuff 49 days after the murder? By that time (obviously) a lot of the evidence had degraded and everything turned out to be pretty circumspect. Back in July of this year forensics experts testified that they found now DNA evidence to link either Knox or Sollecito to the knife. What the hell, Italian police force?

With all the holes poked in the case, yesterday Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were acquitted. Knox was found only guilty of defaming Patrik Lamumba and sentenced to 3 years in jail. Since she’s already spent 4 years in jail, she was free to go.

This whole thing is a little tricky to decipher, I mean, if they don’t have enough evidence to convict, it makes sense that she’ll walk. A main reason they don’t have enough evidence though is what seems like gross incompetence on the part of the investigators (nearly 2 months since the murder, hey look, a bra clasp, right there on the floor). Ugh. I don’t know how I feel about this one.

The internet overflowed into the real world again folks, lock up your sons? Or daughters? Probably the safest bet is to make sure that your wi-fi network is secure. They will use it for their torrents. While they’re camping. In New York City.

In a leaderless movement that began on September 17th, people started showing up at Wall Street in New York to protest the complete lack of accountability for the top 1% of the population who pull the strings of America’s economy.  So far they’ve been a little directionless but it seems like their plan is slowly working. I’m assuming of course that their plan is to bring a lot of the corruption and greed that is represented by Wall Street back to the minds of Americans. Since you know, they may have forgotten. They killed Osama right? Recession over! I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if somebody somewhere had that thought.

Anyhow, a lot of controversy this past weekend when police seemingly guided protestors out onto the Brooklyn Bridge and then promptly arrested them for disrupting traffic. “Hey kids, why don’t you march in that direction, that’s it, right over there, onto the bridge, aaaaaand, arrested.” Obviously the cops say that the protestors went there of their own accord and that nobody forced them out onto the bridge. The protestors say the cops guided them onto the bridge and even escorted them part of the way, then trapped them in orange nets (great visual, shitty result). 700 protestors were arrested. A lot of people are now pissed off and more and more protests are springing up all over North America in support of this movement.

Oh yeah, they are supported by Anonymous. Anonymous doesn’t seem so content as the rest of the activists to simply “Occupy” though, they’re more intent on “Invading”. If all goes according to plan they’ll try to shut down the NYSE next Monday October 10th.

Amanda Knox Photo from: Long Island Press
Occupy Wall Street Poster from: Spirit of Jubilee

 

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