December 4, 2009

Tonight: Amanda Knox Guilty

Posted: 07:54 PM ET

BREAKING NEWS means LKL is live tonight on the Amanda Knox guilty verdict.

Family and friends of Amanda Knox, plus a slew of legal pundits will dissect the verdict.

Plus, we want to hear from you:


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tem   December 4th, 2009 8:41 pm ET

i don't get it why the media making a big deal. Italy is a sovergin country. they have thier own system. the crime was commited over there. it doesn't mean you will have a free ticket because you are american. let's a have respect all countries. they have thier own law system. she is the master mind of it. there nothing shame on italy, they just follow the law and found her guilty. she accused falsely some one for killing, now she have to pay $60,000.00. stop crying. we have a lot to do at home. no country is above the law of any other country. no citizen of any country is better than any other we are all equal. she can't be above the law because she american, wrong thinking.

billy   December 4th, 2009 8:45 pm ET

no she didnt .i feel she didnt do this .but she just knew what have happen.and her choose of freinds were not the right once's

ckelly   December 4th, 2009 8:47 pm ET

The witch hunt makes people satisfied-sad but true.

Amanda sadly joins the ranks of many who have been tried by misguided justice, people who are tried by the media,popular politics and popular beliefs-not by Truth in practice (Law). The West Memphis Three, Americans from Arkensas, were tried in a similar venue-whether its religious belief or media belief-"myth" or story telling is a powerful tool.

ckelly   December 4th, 2009 8:52 pm ET

For you Amanda "Wheat KIngs"

Sundown in the Paris of the prairies
Wheat Kings have all their treasures barried
All you hear are the rusty breezes
Hanging around the weather vane Jesus

In a zippo lighter you see the killer's face
Maybe it's someone standing in the killers place
Twenty Years for nothing well that nothing new
Besides no one is interested in what you didn't do
Wheat Kings and pretty things,
Lets just see what the morning brings

There's a dream he dreams where the high school is dead and stark
It's a museum and we're al locked up and after dark up in it and after dark
Where the walls are lined all yellow gray and sinister
Hung with pictures of our parents prime ministers
Wheat Kings and pretty things,
Lets just see what the tomorrow brings

Late breaking story on the CBC,
A nation whispers "we always know he'd go free"
They add "you can't be fond of living in the past,
Cause if you are then there is no way you are going to last"
Wheat Kings and pretty things,
Lets just see what the morning brings
Wheat Kings and pretty things,
Thats what the morning brings

Anne   December 4th, 2009 8:54 pm ET

After listening to the legal analysts, I would definitely say Amanda Knox and her boyfriend did not get a fair trial and I have a very poor opinion of the Italian legal system. Sounds like they were convicted based on popular opinion and no evidence.

KatVG   December 4th, 2009 8:57 pm ET

Evidence proves that the knife wombs, and the knife found and used as evidence, do not have consistent womb marks. This is ridiculous. It sounds like Italy has a lazy justice system. Another reporter herself said the judge is exhausted. I wonder if he cares how exhausted and fearful an innocent girl convicted of murder feels.

harry   December 4th, 2009 9:00 pm ET

will it help to appeal? Tutto il mondo e un paese ...good luck ...

Lilly   December 4th, 2009 9:00 pm ET

Why are we as American's so sure that Amanda is not guilty. She changed her story. In America if she had changed her story, we would have assumed that she is guilty. I think that she is guilty. And I wonder why the lady from Vanity Fair is sooo sure that Amanda is not guilty. All cases even in America do not have DNA. There have been plenty of minority Americans and whom serve jail time or are on the death row with no DNA. And I've never seen the Vanity Fair lady stand up for them. Hummm, maybe she will use her magazine to get them free. Besides what about the victim? What does her family know or think? Someone lost their daughter & Amanda was involved. It was her roommate. And of course it is always typical to convict a black person & everyone believes they are guilty. Why? Why? Why? Answer that Vanity Fair Lady. Stop picking or choosing guilty or not guilty by race. Amanda is involved.......

paul   December 4th, 2009 9:01 pm ET

Not long enough! Not once did her or her family mention anything about the victim

Judith   December 4th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

What bother me is at times she was smiling at times.Why would someone smile when their friend is kill plus being accuse?I would be so upset if I know I didn't do it.
Only God knows the true story.

sharon   December 4th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I think all the smiles hurt her and someone should have told her..This is a sad case and the smiling don't help.

mike   December 4th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

boycott italy step up let them this is wrong,

Lorenzo   December 4th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

I am Italian , I don't know the trial very well , but I can say Sollecito had one of the best lawyer available in Italy , and remeber the Knox's lawyer declared just before verdict to had had a fair trial.
I am sorry for Amanda like I am sorry for the poor Meredith.
But this story is dark by every point of view.

sabina   December 4th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

It seems very obvious Amanda Knox did not receive a fair and impartial hearing in Italy. I cannot say with certainty that she is 100% innocent of any involvement but in following this story I believe the Italian justice has made a grave mistake in sending this young lady to jail for so many years.

jennifer   December 4th, 2009 10:00 pm ET


Vivien Wolsk, PHD   December 4th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I don't believe she or her boyfriend are guilty of this awful crime. The killer is already in jail. It is a real tragedy and the US should take a stand on this. This judge is nuts and the system in Italy is not a fair one.

Vibhai Tiwari   December 4th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I feel so bad about Amanda. I will pray God that she can come back to US and can spend her time with her family. American Govt should do something..So,that she can come her home country.

I was so anxious about the result, but I got the bad news...I almost cried when I got to know the result.

Anyway hope she can come back to US somehow.

michael armstrong sr. TX.   December 4th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Its a shame that this girl was found guilty but its a bigger shame that the other girl is dead this should be a lesson to other parents who send there kids overseas unsuperviced

SuzieCanada   December 4th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

CNN, what happened to fair, unbiased reporting? Of all the people interviewed on CNN since the verdict, I have yet to see someone from "the other side". No one spoke for the young woman who was savagely raped and murdered. No one spoke on behalf of the Italian justice system. We only hear this girl's side. Why? Because she's an American, everyone is convinced of her innocence? After all, 8 juries who sat through the evidence day after day and who know much more about this trial than any of your biased guests didn't think she was innocent. By focusing on Amanda as the poor victim here, and by humiliating the Italians and their justice system, you are only proving to the world – once again – how arrogant and self-righteous America can be.

jetson   December 4th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

My first question was whether there was drinking or drugs involved...and two what is their associating with this fellow from the ivory coast

cocci   December 4th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

Knox and her boyfriend were found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced 26 years in prison while the other guy, Rudy Hermann Guede, was only convicted of conspiracy to murder Kercher but nevertheless was sentenced 30 years in prison.

michael armstrong sr. TX.   December 4th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

If Madison had any brains she would finish her schooling here in America.

jetson   December 4th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

I'm not arrogant or self righteous really...the media is the one asking these questions...americans are really mostly casual onlookers onto the forces that shape our world...

michael armstrong sr. TX.   December 4th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Is it possible that the Italian courts would allow Amanda to serve her sentence in America.

St.Patrick   December 4th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

Why is that an issue how the prosecutors painted (portrayed)Amanda? isn't the same in the US? That's the exact samething American prosecutors do. Percetion is more important than the truth. That's the American way. US.prosecutors are good at this, so I think the Italians are just following the leader (America, land of the free). To Amanda: Stay strong and do your time, don't let time do you...Take some courses while there, perhaps you can a free University degree when you complete your time.

charlie   December 4th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

The system described by Judy Bachrach on the importance of influence sound exactly like the money, celebrity and power politics what the US is famous for.

Francesco   December 4th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Finally some is speaking sense... Shame on you Larry Kin.. When are you going to give a chance to the other party to speak....

James   December 4th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Railroaded?Not. Someone they are trying to put away at all costs is John Gotti Jr.

vicky swift   December 4th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

as bizarre and medieval as this whole trial seems, Americans have an opportunity to express their disgust about the way the Italian judicial system works: cancel your next trip to Italy! There are many equally as nice places in the world to go where you don't have to wonder what will happen if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. In fact, let's rediscover America!

Christine   December 4th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

What arrogance and hypocrisy to say that the Italian justice system failed the American woman Amanda Knox!!!! This is Italy, not some third world uncivilized country! What if she is guilty?!? After all, she did tell different stories about her whereabouts during the night her roommate was murdered.
And to say, if her family had money or connections or was famous, she would have been found innocent! Yes, maybe, stuff like that unfortunately does happen (think OJ), but how is this different from the justice system in the US? Give me a break!

michael armstrong sr. TX.   December 4th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

Francesco thats not Larry .

James   December 4th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

How many times is the good ol USA gonna put John Gotti Jr on trial?

JULIE   December 4th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Did Amanda get a fair trial? Heavens "NO". This country is one of THE MOST corrupt places on the planet. Run and paid by mafia, that sit in the front pews at church.
What Amanda's parent did not have is enough money to pay off the legal system or judges. Might even be some mafia hit because girl denied some mafia man a roll in the hay.
They look upon women not married by the time they are 15 barefoot and pregnant, as prostitutes . Took two years because that is the way Italy does not function. Physical abuse Psychological abuse for 40 hours? Much like the testimony by water boarding in the military in Cuba/
She became the scapegoat, a society that believes they are God's chosen children, hence these Catholics that place all their money with the Vatican that buys up all the artwork for zillions of dollars.
Never ever visit this country. I have the family members that lived there. Their mentality is like some backwoods hillbillies. A clan of people that it is based on whom you know and who you pay off.
AGAIN, NEVER GO AND VISIT ITALY. A COMMENCEMENT OF WHAT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU. THEY ARE LIKE TRIANCHULAS, a breed of heathens that are mentally deficient.. May have to do with the amount of uranium that the mafia disposes in the dump sites.
Children never show up to go to school, they may come hours late to anything. They have computers for children only for show, no one is allowed to use them in school. The allow their kids to do anything. They have to have sex in parks because if not married they cannot take them home.
The justice system if the jurors do not comply they are mafia target.

michael armstrong sr. TX.   December 4th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Its normal for family members to beleive that another family member is not guilty but the facts are that girl is going to be forty seven before she is set free .

Vibhai Tiwari   December 4th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

I would request to US government official and University of Washington that they should take further action so that Amanda can come back to her HOME.
It's very sad news for all of us American. I am always praying God somehow she can come back to US and can see her family..God bless you Amanda!!!

Vibhai Tiwari,NJ

James   December 4th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

The USA railroaded John Gotti in his last trial in 1992 it can happen anywhere.

jetson   December 4th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Hey Armstrong, were u ever a sergeant in air force..just curious

Ann Dostaler   December 4th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

A travesty. I pray for her and her parents. I pray that an appeal process brings due justice.

george   December 4th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

its unfortunate but true. i am greek and in greece it is the same as it is in italy. in cases like this its all about how much money you have and who you know. its all about bribes.

michael armstrong sr. TX.   December 4th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

Amanda should have had the good since not to get involved with the people she was hanging out with her own stupidity done her in.

James   December 4th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

I am astounded that the American news media would allow people who are completely uninformed or biased to speak on this without ever offering a single fact-by-fact analysis of the evidence. It is outright racist to continue to refer to Italy as though it is some ax-wielding tribe of savages trying to kill off a foreigner.

charlie   December 4th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Typical American arrogance:
Carping about other countries justice and media. America is the world's worst example of extreme media above all in high profile trials. This takes place before the trial starts, and does not stop after sequestration.
The US justice system is the most biased and brutal of the developed world with death sentances, mandatory minimums and money influenced justice.
Even if the verdict is wrong she is better off being wrongly convicted outside the US. She will not be executed, has a shorter sentance and I forecast a better chance of appeal than a high profile murder trial in the US.

Tara Ferriter   December 4th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

I do not know if she is quilty or innocent, but why is there not someone on the otherside of the conviction. There are reasons to suspect her.

Casey Nicholson   December 4th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

One thng that is not being discussed is the remuneration that the court ordered Amanda Knox to pay to Meredith Kercher's family. The BBC is reporting that she was ordered ¢1 M per parent, and ¢800,000 per sibling. Might this not account, in part, for why Kercher's family is affirming the court's decision? Might the decision to reward financial remuneration to the victim's family sway their thoughts on Knox's conviction??

Ben   December 4th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Come on, remeber the lacrosse players the got hit by the media over here they were as good as guilty right up to the end. She just got hit by there media over there. Were no better!

michael armstrong sr. TX.   December 4th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

Jetson no im a shellback.

Pamela DuMond   December 4th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

No, Amanda Knox did not receive a fair trial. She was tried in the press and the prosecutor villified her from the get go. When no physical evidence connected her to the crime, prosecutorial egos prevailed over common sense and decency. Of course she's going to be kissing her boyfriend, and smiling and acting like a normal college kid. That does not make her a murderer.

Charlotte   December 4th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

Do whatever it takes to get this girl out of this country and in America. It is very obvious that she is not going to get justise there. What would Italy do if one of there citisens were here and we treated them this way? Would they sit still for this? Could or would our government intervene in this and help one of our own? President Obama, Are you listening?

Matt   December 4th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

I'm a huge fan of Italy and Italian culture and have visited the country three times. This whole thing is pretty ridiculous and I'm not sure I ever want to go back to the country. Sounds like she was portrayed as the "bad American". We should boycott Italy and see how they do without American tourism. Booooooooo Italy.

Leslie   December 4th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

When I heard the verdict, I cried. I have followed the story since
the beginning. She is in our thoughts and prayers.

Cher   December 4th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

Sorry, but there had to be evidence that Amanda was involved in the murder. Just because she's an American doesn't mean that she didn't do it! I mean no one (not the media, not any of you) really know if she is guilty or innocent. I really think she is guilty. This jury in Italy wouldn't have found her guilty if there wasn't any evidence pointing that way. Just becasue they are Italians doesn't make them stupid.

Hubie - New Jersey   December 4th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

I saw this guilty verdict conviction coming for awhile now ... I think the Italian Press had a big say on Amanda'd verdict.

Amanda .... we will keep you and your family in our prayers ...

kristen   December 4th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

This is a perfect example of society's insatiable hunger for glamorous and sexy headlines. This girl, guilty or not, did not recieve a fair trial because instead of focusing on evidence, the italian public and legal system focused on underwear, hot sex, smoking weed, and teenage partying. What twenty year old doesn't do those things?? Amanda was raised Catholic and was openly anti-religious. Italy is a prominently Catholic country that probably pissed them off too.

Ulderico Micara   December 4th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

The comments Judy Bachrach is making about Italy are shocking, banal and offensive. She obviously knows very little about this country and the italian judicial system. Her contribution to the discussion is of no interest

JP Valdez   December 4th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

"Beyond a reasonable doubt" is not the legal standard there, and any discussion there is silly. She has been detained for two years and had to be found guilty because they couldnt find her innocent and then just say that they had made a mistake in detaining her.... and just so we understand what I am saying... Americans detain a mix of innocent people and guilty people all day long in Guantanamo Bay, and then brand them all as "Guilty terrorists" which is equally ridiculous. Other nations will stop lengthy pretrial detentions as soon as we do. That is the meaning of Habeus Corpus.

James   December 4th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

Amanda is a murderer. USA stop harassing John Gotti Jr

ubetcha   December 4th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

Look, nobody was at that trial and heard all the testimony and people like Judy whateverhernameis talk about how Amanda was a target.

Just from my observation, I think if a roommate of mine whether or not I liked her or not, was murdered, I wouldn't be laughing and doing cartwheels during an interrogation. That is, unless I was on drugs.

What is the story? Some black dude rapes and slits a girl's throat seems awfully upsetting but who was this guy? How did he get into the apartment, and why did AMANDA SAY TO THE POLICE THAT SHE WAS THERE DURING THE MURDER AND THEN CHANGE HER STORY?


afriscribe   December 4th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

Here we go again...CNN (larry king) missing the point. Amanda Knox has been found guilty and all you have in the show is a bunch of so called experts trying to discredit Italian criminal law procedure based on American standards. I am yet to hear any one of your experts explain how the guilty verdict was arrived at according to Italian law. Blaming the media here is chasing the red herring.

Philip Klein   December 4th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

If Knox wasn't white this wouldn't be a story

Jesse Hays   December 4th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

I think she is as guilty as sin, the Italian government is just as capable as any other in investigating and prosecuting crimes. They are not a third world country as the Knox's associates would have you believe.
They have reconstructed the crime scene to no end and proved she was involved, not to mention the "third" suspect in the case which admitted his role in the crime and implicated ms. Knox as well. Why would he lie and throw thirty years of his life away? Because she is guilty. These Italians do not want to ruin the lives of these kids for fun, there was enough evidence to convict plain and simple.

Stephanie   December 4th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

Judy Bachrach should not be allowed to spew her inaccuracies. I hope she is not with Vanity Fair to replace Mr. Dunne. CNN's coverage of this verdict is an outrage...and to Ms. Bachrach...people in the US are held all the time in jail before they go to trial...last year a mentally challenged woman in Mass. went to trial after being in jail for 10 years.

We are so quick to react when a someone from another country comes here and does something wrong...yet we go to other countries and behave badly all the time. After all, where do you think the term "ugly American" comes from?

mike   December 4th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

it shames me this happened we as America must do something we can not let this injustice stand i think Obama should do something to help this women she needs to be free

Lorie   December 4th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

It's a tragedy that this young, innocent girl has to know what it's like to be sterotyped and convicted of a crime that she did not commit like the many minorities, Blacks, Latinos, and Muslims in the United States.

Francesca   December 4th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

Typical American reaction. It is always a case of woe to us. Not once in all of your coverage on this matter have I heard anyone express any sympathy whatsoever for Meredith Kercher ( REMEMBER HER?) nor express any sympathy for the sad loss that her family has suffered, NOT ONCE!

She appears to be completely lost in all of your coverage. While you guys are it you may want to find out from Ms Knox why she lied at the start, implicating an innocent black man who but for the Grace of God would be telling a different story today. I trust you will not be publishing this as it does not fit your narrative!

Penny   December 4th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

Evidence was tampered with....some left to lay around for weeks before being tested!! This would never fly in the US...Jury not sequestered - left to listen to the media on a daily basis!! Judged because she smoked pot??? & kissed her boyfriend after the murder??? She is Young!!! Suppose her parents forgot to teach her what the "right" things are to do after your friend is murdered!!!

Lois   December 4th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

America should talk! Anytime white America doesn't get the verdict it wants the jurors are made into villians. You didn't spare Michael Jackson when he was falsely accused! You keep calling OJ guilty when a jury of his peers found him not guilty! If a white female is somewhat good looking, you seem to think she can't commit a crime! I don't know if she's guilty, but what is true, a young woman was brutally murdered! I detest the way you assume the Italians are ignorant and stupid. I see granola eating birkenstock wearing white girls selling drugs in my Seattle community everyday!

Aleksei   December 4th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

Diya "Patrick" Lumumba, a Congolese bar-owner of Perugia and a father of small child at the time, was wrongly accused by Amanda Knox of murder. It took a Swiss academic, who was discussing African politics with Lumumba at his bar, to offer an alibi for the man. Amanda Knox is thus a liar who destroyed the life of an innocent. No wonder the sentence granted this man $40,000 in damages to be paid by Amanda Knox...

Emma   December 4th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Why are you not speaking about the girl that was killed? I have been watching this case for the last year and I find the American news sources to be very biased.
The boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was also found guilty, why are'nt you speaking about him?
Larry King live tonight seems to be extremely biased towards Amanda Knox, just because she is from here... Try to be a bit more objective. She accused an innocent man, her testimony has been shaky from the beginning, she obviously played some part in this murder.
I do find this verdict to be horrifying, as I am the same age as her and the thought of spending twenty six years in a foreign (or any) jail is a terrible waste of a life.
Please CNN, you are a reputable news source, please cover all points of view on this case...

U.S.S. Texas C.G.N. 39   December 4th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Jetson this is Armstrong my other I.D.

Gerald Jolly   December 4th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Every American citizen should boycot anything from Italy and refuse to travel there for any reason.

Every American citizen should contact their representative in any way they can, and insist that they want an answer as to why this young lady was hung out to dry by our State Department and Embassy in Italy and their refusal to get involved in this young lady's case.

I have always been of the opinion, that no matter where I might be, that I could count on representation by my State Department if I was in danger or being abused.

This did not happen in any way for Amanda Knox.


Lynda Boehler   December 4th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

I do think Amanda Knox was guilty of the crime against her roommate as the DNA evidence proved. DNA can't be manipulated by the media. I'm embarrassed that everyone on Larry King is crying foul. You haven't had any dissenting opinions expressed. It may be a different system of justice but that doesn't mean that justice was not served. If it were an American that had been murdered would we be equally outraged at the verdict? I'm disappointed in CNN tonight. How about some balance here?

JS   December 4th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Amanda traveled outside of the US and might have murdered somebody. She is governed by the laws where the crime was commited. They found her guilty. She's not innocent just because she's an American! All this media coverage is the reason Americans are so disliked outside of the US. You go to another country and you follow their laws. If not, you become part of THEIR judicial system.

Latavia   December 4th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

As a 25 year old woman, I couldn't imagine being in Amanda Knox's shoes. I believe that she has been wrongfully accused. How do you convict someone based on the life that they live? No signs that she was there, the knife that she's accused of using don't even fit the wounds of the victim. I am sorry for the victims family, however I believe that the wrong person has been convicted of horrible crime, and I think that her being an American was a way to use her as an scapegoat.

Roberto   December 4th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

I have been watching the debate on CNN.
I am in no position to judge whether Amanda should have been condemned or not. However, the entire debate on CNN has been quite biased, as all commentators have spoken about lynching of Amanda by the italian media, and how that would have influenced the jury's mind from the start.
This may be part of the story, but all of your guests, quite disappointingly, failed to mention how Amanda knowingly lied and accused Patrick Lumumba of being the author of the murder.
This accusation (soon recognized for what it was) did, in my opinion, influence the public perception of Amanda more than anything else. From then on, she was widely seen as an insincere, manipulative person and the value of her testimony decreased accordingly.
I expect a more balanced debate from a network of the caliber of CNN.

best regards,

not worth

Lisa   December 4th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

Amanda was convicted upon arrest not only by the Italian and British media, but by our own American media who did not fact check or support this young citizen of our country, but rather parroted everything they heard. And Lisa Bloom is wrong, the only media exposure on Amanda's behalf was a minute 1.5% of the slaughter of stories against her. Even as recent as yesterday an American 'news' woman rolled her eyes as Anne Bremner gave the true facts backed by Amanda's experts that were not allowed to testify.

Saro Rizzo   December 4th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

Why did she initially point the blame at an innocent older black man, Patrick Diya Lumumba. He was arrested then later released when it was proved he wasn't there. Innocent people do not blame other people for murder. She has lied since day one.

Vibhai Tiwari   December 4th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

I will never ever go to Europe..My native place is India. I was planning to go Europe but I will never ever visit Europe in my life. I will ask my friends and family members not to visit Europe.
I feel so bad about Amanda. She was in very big school, her future was so bright but now it's all over.
God should hear all of our blessings...So,that she can come back to her home country.
Us govt please help Amanda family's.

Dennis   December 4th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

Let's stop making excuses for this young lady. She had her day in court to show her innocence and was found guilty after her trial. She needs to serve her term for the murder committed.

Ginger   December 4th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

I have followed this case from the beginning and it is tragic for the dead girl but I am sick about this guilty verdict. I agree with your guest Judy about money money money and the Knox's knowing no one to make this case go away. I have been to Italy and sent my daughter there one summer in 1997 and now knowing what I know I would never in a million years have allowded her to go to Italy. First of all evil lurks out there and it is bad enough to protect your children in their own country, but impossible as we are finding out in other countries. I am an American first and of Italian heritage but I say bouycott that corrupt country. As an aside I felt the Italians thought all Americans were rich and had their hand in out back pocket when we were there.

claudia   December 4th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

Rafael's father is an influencial person. He is the chairman of an ObGyn Department. He tried to influence the trial but he couldn't. It is true that in Italy a lot of things work based on friendship, influence etc but the judges are most of the time fair, taking decisions based upon the fact. Nowadays they are heavily prosecuting the prime minister.
As against Amanda there are some "indirect" evidences. There was her DNA and the victim's DNA in blood samples in the bathroom. Also, she has an alibi, Rafael, which was in the crime scene! And the DNA in the knife with the victim's DNA.

moe   December 4th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

ist the same way innocent blacks been put in prison right here in america,so why do you think its defferent because she is white.their
are laws in that country and they fine her guilty.what they did remind me of american system.

ubetcha   December 4th, 2009 10:47 pm ET




Christine Walsh   December 4th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

An old country with an old legal system in need of repair. Why is Lisa Bloom asking us to give the jurors the benefit of the doubt. Did the jurors give Amanda the benefit of any doubt? She's trying to be fair at the expense of being honest about Italy's inferior legal system.

Andrew Milne   December 4th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

So Amanda knox is American, and can't possibly be guilty because the Italian judicial system is so flawed and biased?!
All I can think of is the OJ trial, in which the rest of the world thought the American system was a joke!
Anyone that does cartwheels,hours after a supposedly best friend had been brutally murdered speaks volumes about their character. Bet she won't be doing cartwheels on the way to prison!

donald petersen   December 4th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

She was convicted by a jury which heard a lot more testimony and seen a lot more evidence than we have and if this was a USA jury it would be over and done with. like it or not, let it go !!!

JJ   December 4th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

There has been Italian animus directed against citizens and Soldiers of the US since the previous administration's decision to go to war in Iraq. There has been little conversation about the Italian anger of US Soldier's killing Italians during and escape attempt in Iraq or the apparent official Italian government policy to prosecute US service members for those deaths or employees of the CIA for the rendition program. Ms. Knox, as US citizen, has been caught up in overall anger at US policy. The only surprising thing is that most US citizens expected the trial and outcome to actually be fair.

mary ca   December 4th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

She accuse someone else for the crime,, and later after the investigation find out he was not ,involved,, so is she guilty,, yes. I don't believe that she has nothing to do with the crime and same thing for his boy friend.

Carlos Andres Gonzalez   December 4th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

I absolutely agree that Amanda Knox was convicted in the media from the beginning. She is an outsider in a small conservative town.

I believe that this is not only a case where the evidence has been so scant and doubtful, but it goes beyond this fact. It is a case of "anti americanism". I am convinced of this.

Thank you.

Laura Valeri   December 4th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

As an Italian citizen living in this country, I feel deeply offended by the way
you are covering this news. I find that all the discussion is conducted with
prejudice on the equity and efficiency of Italian justice system.I don't wanna
stand for innocence or guilt of Amanda because I don't know the facts in
details but I expect you to respect and consider with dignity the system of a
modern and democratic country as Italy is.
Thank you
Laura Valeri

Ann Adler   December 4th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

I'm surprised with the show tonight. Reporting as though you know this young woman is innocent. Her family & friends think she's a great gal – that's heartwarming. Do we really ever know someone fully? We thought we knew Tiger Woods! People thought they knew Jeffry Dalmer.... Viewers might be more impressed with your defense of Ms. Knox if you shared more facts – not input from family & friends. Where did the story come from about what took place... the sex game, who held the victim down etc. Let's hear more details – more of what the jury heard.

carolyn Jones   December 4th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

I would not support a "Junior Year Abroad" in Italy, given the results of the Amanda Knox outcome.
We know how expensive this is to send our children abroad to Italy.
The charm of that notion is now lost,
If you do lend your finances and emotional support towards an Italian university study year ...I would severely warm your student about the very different judicial system that exists in Italy, the influence of rag media in their court process and the danger you might be in, should you be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Given the costs to parents in tuition and foreign room and board......I would spend more time in selecting a more appropriate place for your child to study than in Italy. They seem to live, day to day, via rag media.
"All My Children", "As the World Turns", etc."....

Marco   December 4th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

I think this tv show is unfair. Italy has a good law system that is way better than the US one (roman jurisdiction? remember anything?). This is a murderer case and there are tons of evidences who link her to be in the room during the killing. You guys are not talking about the poor girl who dies (because is not an american citizen maybe?) and there are hundreds of pages on the case. Is maybe all this american buzz because she is white teen and not a minority jobless dude? what if that poor girl who died was your daughter...
If you really want to be fair as CNN should be, inform yourself better before preparing a show...

Gerald Jolly   December 4th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

Hey folks, read what the SPAGHETTI BENDERS are saying.

That ought to be enough to convince you of the twisted sense of justice the spaghetti benders have.


Tom Squires   December 4th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

Everyone (in the US) is focusing on just the physical evidence or lack there of – there was a lot more that to the prosecutions' case. Most importantly are that Amanda lied to police, wrongfully implicated a person with a solid alibi, and changed here story many times. There is evidence that the murderer(s) cleaned up the scene therefore we should be surprised that there was no physical evidence linking her to the crime. I had to search long and hard to find any mention in the US news outlets about any aspect of the case other that the physical evidence. After finding more information I became convinced that clearly Amanda was at the very least involved in a conspiracy to cover up what really happened.

michael armstrong sr. TX.   December 4th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

Italy is a fine country I have been there many times this girl screwd up and no ones to blame but herself.

Dwight   December 4th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

No she is not guilty. Italy should be ashamed of its legal system. I will never travel there again as the innocent obviously have no rights and are denied due legal process. What a bunch of hypocrits.

Lugard Osagie   December 4th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

What I don’t understand is this other guy already convicted and sentenced. How is he connected to Amanda and her boy friend? Why was he tried first and why was his sentence more severe?

Lauren   December 4th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

I think that this case is absolutely blown out of proportion. Although Amanda is in a foreign country, she does not have the same rights as she would have here in the U.S. There is clearly NO evidence that she killed this young 21 year old girl. I'm not trying to disrespect the Italian government, but they should take the responsibility to prove this case with clear evidence before convicting someone with a murder.

Tony   December 4th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

How dare we sit here and judge the jurors instead of the evidence. Jurors in this case saw the evidence which was solidly linked to a DNA. Why is it ok to believe DNA evidence in the US and we are trying to call foul on an DNA evidence in another country.

Peter   December 4th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

Im going to be quite blunt, as a fellow Italian I feel obligated to say that it is not right to generalize a whole country. When one says to be careful to go to Italy or not to go at all that is just outrageous because no matter what country you go to you have to be careful. Even in our own country you have to be alert. I refuse to let my home country to be seen as bad or untrust worthy. Wether she is guilty or not the court has made the decision and no matter what there must be a reason for it because the Italians have no reason to hate her. This is typical propaganda and its a shame that people would generalize a whole country for one case such as hers. Look at OJ Simpson I guess that case was fair right he was released, I hope you don't think so.

Robin A   December 4th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

Why do you not show another perspective on your show ?
You just have Amanda supporters here.
You're damn right I think she's guilty. Not having a proper alibi and having several hours to cover up the crime scene is what happened here.
An articulate woman such as Amanda Knox herself does not know how to answer questions by the Italian police? I don't think so. Firstly, she is almost fluent in Italian. Why in the world did she try to pin the murder on an innocent bystander. What was she thinking. Her fate was decided the minute she couldn't explain her whereabouts accurately during the time the murder took place. What is this about the American being railroaded. Her partner in crime was a well connected Italian citizen who was equally convicted.
Montreal, Quebec

Bob Minnocci   December 4th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

I disagree entirely with Lisa Bloom, who says that we shouldn't indict the entire system of justice in Italy over the Knox verdict. We absolutely should. True, as Ms. Bloom says, many people get wrongly convicted in this country. But the jury in her case had their minds made up before they began. There was absolutely no evidence whatsoever to base this verdict on and, as an Italian American, I find it disgusting.

As far as I'm concerned, Americans send a message that this kind of injustice is absolutely intolerable and boycott Italy.

Sonia   December 4th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

I believe she is guilty as charged. Unfortunately when young people are doing drugs, any crime is possible and yes even murder. We need to educate our children at young age to behave and make the best of your time, especially abroad where laws are practiced differently than at home. A lesson can be learned from this unfortunate incident. My prayers go the family of the victim. 26 years sentence is not much for a premedited murder. God Bless.

suzi   December 4th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

Nobody really knows what happened that fatal day. Neither the American nor Italian media can afford to act as judge and jury. I would say both media are guilty of sensationalism. We cannot comment on another countries judicial system. Unfortunately that is where the crime occurred.

Charlie in Memphis   December 4th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

Tonite's coverage, though expectedly emotional because Amanda Knox is American, is a bit biased toward Amanda. If everyone will recall in the very beginning after the murder, Amanda had conflicting statements about where she was when the murder happened. She said she was at the apartment, later she said she was not. Also, phone records indicated she and the boyfriend made plans about what to say and do. The knife was only one DNA proof, there was some of Amanda's DNA in the room where Meredith died. Also, there were rampant stories about the partying the night of the party. It seems the 3 "supposed" killers were doing drugs and had been partying together. Also, very little American media coverage has been about the boyfriend. ....or little has been said about Meredith. I would like Larry King Live or other shows would interview Meredith's parents, what do they know of the evidence, etc, etc. In other words, concentration right now just on Amanda is wrong and not fair to the boyfriend, the man in prison who has been convicted already and to Meredith herself! Get your priorities straight here and do not sensationalize this even more by NOT covering all sides of the story.

Russ King   December 4th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

WOW! I think if this stands as is, we in the U.S. should boy cot all travel to Italy. The fined sounds like blackmail. In the long run I would not like to be in the judge's shoes when HE meets his maker.

Russ King
Arlington, Texas

Jeev   December 4th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

I feel very sad for Amanda, this is attrocious falsely giving verdict on an innocent person, people shuld rally for this girl. it is not a fair trial at all... Italian judiciary system is ancient...

jetson   December 4th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

thanks, mike, thought i knew you...

I am thinking the case will depend on what happens during the appeal ...I really have no idea if it was wrongful conviction

Gotta go, wife is hanging christmas decorations an needs help

Karen   December 4th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

How ignorant is Judy Bachrach who commented about Italians!! She really needs to look around her and watch the news in the US more often. Rich Americans are guilty every day of paying to get the best attorneys to serve them, while the poor in the US suffer. I have lived with an Italian for 7 years, and have visited Italy numerous times.The Italians are the kindest, generous and family oriented people I have met, more than those in the US. Culturally they blow away most Americans. Judy Bachrach needs to shut her mouth and get more educated. If she has a beef with one Italian, get over it!!

kristen   December 4th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

Any reasonably intelligent person can see Amanda did not get a fair trial. The jury was not even sequestered!! They were free to walk the streets, watch the news, listen to loads of fantastical BS, and have their perspectives tainted by outside opinion.

michael armstrong sr. TX.   December 4th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

The wife rules Jetson

Natalie   December 4th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

Two questions about the evidence:

1. Supposedly there was a spot found in a 3rd roommate's room that was a mixture of Knox & Kercher's blood and it was found from a luminol reveal. No one is mentioning this piece of evidence...why?

2. Knox said she took a shower after coming home & finding the front door open. Pictures of the crime scene show the bathroom to be covered in a lot of blood, yet Knox said she didn't see any blood when she got in and out of the shower in that bathroom. Doesn't this seem fishy?

kathy   December 4th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

I do not believe she received a fair trial. Have followed the case from the beginning. Plan to boycott Italy until she is released. Stand up Americans and Citizens of the world. This could happen to any of us. Advise the Italian government, the tourist board, Embassy and Consulates that you will not spend your money in the country of Italy. Money talks!!!! Almost of all the Italian President that cheats on his wife and fluants it to the world. United we stand and they will understand the language of money and that one young American girl is important to all of us. Ido not know the family and am just a grandma! Again please show our strength and help this family.

john   December 4th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

sorry to say i dont believe she did this, for a person like myself who believes in capital punishment, this has got to be one of the worst guilty verdics i have seen, the judge and the jury had her convicted before the case even started, they read articles about this case and they watched it on t.v the media had her guilty from day one and so did the judge and jury..italy hates americans and this is one way they proved it..there was not enough evadance to prove she did this, there was no dna, and the knife didnt match the wound on the victom, they found someone to pin this on and now its case closed..amanda knox is just an escape goat for poor police work, and for italy to pin this on..we need to bring amanda home where she can be with her family and friends

afriscribe   December 4th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

this is redicilouse...that in Italy you are guilty if you are accused?? where did that so called expert find that!!! Please remember we are talking about a first world country and an ally of US here... By the way, Italy is not so barbaric to impose minimun sentences, death penalty etc.

Gary H.   December 4th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

We will probably never know whether or not she is truly guilty, but you have think in the back of your mind she was convicted partly because she is AMERCIAN. I only know what has been reported and Lisa Bloom said last night she did not feel the evidence was there to support a conviction.

I hope justice was truly done. God bless her family.

peter   December 4th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

I do not understand why the american media is talking so little of her intention to have an innocent man found guilty. After she did that, she lost my faith in her. She knew Patrick Lumumba was not resposible for the murder but she was ready to have him spend his life in jail

donald petersen   December 4th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

I hate to say it but Amanda you reap what you sow and living the lifestyle that you did put you in a situation that made it appear you could have done this.

Lois   December 4th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

This angelic face tried to frame and innocent black man! Isn't that typical of a white woman cries wolf and everyone runs to her rescue! They were all doing drugs together. Americans must learn to behave themselves and not go buck wild in someone else's country. She unmasked herself because she was out of the reign of her parents, and her friends, and the real Amanda has been revealed. She mean and sly.

Tony   December 4th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

When will CNN mention once for her friend who was killed cold blood. Are we so focused on getting a convicted killer loose and never once mentioned fate of the victim. Let's stop defending Amanda here she was found overwhelmingly guilty by the jurors that is the truth.

Eileen   December 4th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

No. I do not think Amanda received a fair trial at all. I hope our country intervenes. I intend to boycott anything Italian made, and will never step foot in Italy nor recommend any student or American go abroad to Italy. This is not a just country and the people, media and government do not view Americans favorably. It is quite evident if you have followed 'their' medias coverage of Amanda Knox! .

Norma Jean   December 4th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

The behavior of Amanda's family...siblings, etc., going to court in short shorts, etc., as well as the attacks on the jury and the Italian system of justice made by her parents, and the meida here, before, during, and after the trial did not help Amanda's case one bit. Since the family knew the jury would have acess to the media, etc., why did they not take good care with their remarks, dress appropriately for court, etc. They behaved like Ugly Americans from the start which did not help Amanada at all. " That" woman from Vanity Fair may make "good " television but her attitude and remarks are dangerous to Amanda's appeal. Given the O.J. case, people in glass houses should not throw shoes. Some Americans will not learn that we do not control the world and sometimes less is more.

Michelle   December 4th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

Amanda Knoxx did not get a fair trial. I guess in Italy the prosecution does not have to prove your guilt BEYOND AND TO THE EXCLUSION OF EVERY REASONABLE DOUBT. There is so much reasonable doubt in this case. And I don't understand this "evidence" that the prosecution got to put on with this computerized reenactment of the crime. That would never be allowed in a U.S. court, and, yes, I understand this was in another country, but, come on. And what about this other guy that was already convicted, are they saying all three of them were invovled? And then, we have the prosecution changing their motive for the killing. Our justice system isn't perfect, but it's certainly better than that. I'm a court reporter, and I worked for four and a half years in criminal court, I've seen lots of trials, nothing like this.
My heart goes out to her and her family

Jason   December 4th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

you know all these that's what american prosecutor's do comments ar only what you see on TV. That is not how it actually goes. We have rules of evidence that prevent the prosecution from presenting character evidence in their case in chief unless it is pertient to an element of the crime. We have rules of evidence that don't permit evidence that will prejudice the jury to make a decision on an improper basi. We are allowed to poll the potential jurors during jury selection to make sure they are not allready unfairly biased against the defendant. And lastly, we allow the defendant to put on a case if they so choose. They talk about American defendants who get convicted on the same kind of evidence, but at least they get the protections that I just mentioned trying to prevent a conviction on an improper basis. And that is the problem here, we will never know.

Kc   December 4th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

Lisa Bloom (CNN legal analyst) said Italy as a country shouldn't be smeared? Like it or not the city is the face of Italy at this particular time because of the attention its getting now. So for the entire country of Italy to allow a mockery of justice isn't just flat out wrong, Its moronic. I know without a doubt that I will never visit Italy because of this.

Christine Walsh   December 4th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

No American should be okay with a defendant going down for 25 years without being able to call their own expert witnesses to the stand. It doesn't matter if you think she's innocent or guilty. If you believe in our system of justice then you can't possibly be okay with the Italian's version of due process.

Rocky   December 4th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

Why is there a problem when Amanda Knox is convicted in Italy???
They worked as per the law in their country.
Don't tell me injustice happened there...

Just look at all the convictions that happen here in usa and all the jails filled up to keep law enforcement people and judges and lawyers employed here in USA.

And the most ridiculous thing one hears is to keep a N. Dakota town growing by bringing guantanamo prisoners there so that an empty jail will provide employment there to town folks...

So keep up the good work here in USA by filling all the jails to its capacity and KEEP OFF OTHERS COUNTRY's (Italy in this case) LAW AND JUDGEMENTS......

Rose from Florida   December 4th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

I don't know if the trial of Amanda is fair or not, but what amaze me is how we always criticize other countries laws and judges when we have a terrible system that let thousands of sex offenders be out of jail, raping and killing so many of our children.....

Peter   December 4th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Oh and one more thing remember this the Italians were the back bone of this country they made it what it is today they built subways, buildings and most of the north east so never generalize because we worked hard for a good name and our place in American history and as a wise college professor said to me as a kid "If it wasnt for the Italians yall would still be looking for this country". One more thing to a certain person Judy you need to learn some history because you shouldnt even speak in public you dont deserve to try to make it seem like all Italians are bad and I think you should just look and critisize our own American soils Judicial system because its as corrupt and no better than any other countrys. I

M A Vitale   December 4th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Knox got a fair trial. this was more than what her victim got. She put on a good show but did not convince anyone. I am wandering why the American TV is not questioning the victim's family.

Peter Ballantyne   December 4th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Can you remind me of the motive supported by the prosecution, please.

awaiting justice   December 4th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

I am appalled at this miscarriage of justice. This is another fine example of how sensationalized media, can help convict someone. Another example of this is Misty Croslin. There is no evidence against her either, yet any story written on the case, is to continue to attract the reader for ratings.

This is what happened to Amanda. There are many blogs written where it is clear the writer is of the opinion that she is guilty, yet they dont know the case..

Anyone who has followed this case, from start to end, could only come to the conclusion that there is no evidence, thus innocent. I will agree that circumstantial evidence can convict a person, however in this case, even the circumstantail evidence is self explanatory. Amanda isnt the first person who endured interrogation abuse, and ended up giving a story that was inaccurate. There have been many people who have confessed to crimes they did not commit. The kissing and the cartwheels were odd, to say the least but odd behavior with a clean past, and no violence, and honesty, dont make a murderer. Also, there is no evidence of any sociopathic behavior. It is ilogical to think that Amanda would jeopardize her entire future for a sex game with another women, when she clearly fell in love with a boy, only a week earlier.
I am hoping for a miracle. I pray for justice for Amanda.
As much I am saddened for the loss of Meredith's life, I am angry that they are bitter enough to have been brainwashed, to believe that Amanda had anything to do with this crime.

Guede who has already been convicted, and sentenced left his prints and DNA at the scene and was a known criminal who stabbed people and robbed them. He never mentioned Amanda being at the scene until after the prosecutions theory was public.
It is too crazy to think that one young female would run into such bad luck on one night, where a known criminal was in her house, who was known to rob and stab people, could actually run into even worse bad luck to have your own ftatmate, kill you the very same night.
It doesnt make sense and there is no evidences and there is more evidence to say she is innocent. I hope the government can and will get involved.

Lorenzo   December 4th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

oh my god , now Mafia comes and takes you in Italy..........


I'm sorry you dislike this place so much,And you re right about our judicial system that is too slow.
I don't know if Amanda were or not guilty, but I know Perugia , it is just 50 Km from home ,and I know is not a small town of Sicily , I don't think tan that all remarks can apply here.
Just an opinion.

Fay   December 4th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

Charlie, I absolutely agree with u...........if she was in America Amanda would have been sentenced to death. America finally get what is coming to them, how many times have we found foreigners guilty of crimes that they did not commit. Case in point, Roman Polanski.........after 30 plus years they r still trying to jail a 78years old man even after the lady begged the prosecutors to drop the case. I dont know if this young lady and young man is guilty or innocence.........the only person who know for sure is dead and dead man tells no tale. Its just sad for all four families involved. May GOD BLESS and keep them ALL

Jesse Hays   December 4th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

I think she is as guilty as sin, the Italian government is just as capable as any other in investigating and prosecuting crimes. They are not a third world country as the Knox's associates would have you believe.
They have reconstructed the crime scene to no end and proved she was involved, not to mention the "third" suspect in the case which admitted his role in the crime and implicated ms. Knox as well. Why would he lie and throw thirty years of his life away? Because she is guilty. These Italians do not want to ruin the lives of these kids for fun, there was enough evidence to convict plain and simple.

To all the people claiming that the evidence was tamperd with, how do you know? I havn't heard that anywhere...

As far as being guilty and having to prove your innonce thats BULL.


Andrew Milne   December 4th, 2009 11:03 pm ET

Judy Bacharach, on Larry King live talks a load of rubbish! For her to say the Italian judicial system derived from the Inquisition, which she may not know but began in an era in about 1478, is such an absurd comment! So the English system derived from common law back in 1178 time, where people were hung drawn and quartered and burned at the stake for being witches, so that makes the English system flawed?
Larry King you need to get guests with a least half a brain on the show!
The show is so ridiculously biased toward the young beautiful angelic American!

Amanda   December 4th, 2009 11:04 pm ET

i post here because i dont know where i shall put my thoughts. there are too many advertisements during Larry King Lives, and it disturbs me a lot. Also, too many advertisements in other CNN programs. (90 percent of them are the same) hope u can cut down some advertiments, thanx.

yellek   December 4th, 2009 11:04 pm ET

Everyone should remember that it is another side to the story than what the USA media is putting out to us, Thier was another young lady who was murdered and thier is no sympathy for her or her family. Is it because she was not american? I believe Amanda is guilty as charged. Stop portraying this young lady as being innocent, and she's american, she's only 19, she can still be a murderer, unless you lived in her household and grew up with her, you don't know what a person is capable of doing. She went through a judicial court system of Italy that found her guilty, it is imposible for us to compare weather it was fair/unfair based on her case. I am sure other countrys look at our court system and think its unfair.

afriscribe   December 4th, 2009 11:06 pm ET

Thank God at last Perugians will not have to live in fear of a grizzly murder amidst them for the next 26 years. Italy is a country of laws just like America is and if the convicted murderer (Amanda Knox) is innocent, she will surely have her second chance in the court of appeals...a chance her victim did not get.

roberto   December 4th, 2009 11:06 pm ET

Why did the very nice and polite and sensitive Amanda Knox accuse another man who was black and arrested by the way following her tips. If the Italian police and prosecutors were very biased against this young lady, why did they go on and arrested a man who she accused to be in the house at the time the poor British lady was killed? This man was found not guilty after his alibi was confirmed by a man who lives in Switzerland and had to come back to Italy to state in front of the police he was with the man Amanda said was the killer. Isn't it odd (at the very least) she said that after coming back to her house she took a shower even if she saw blood in the bathroom? Would you go to have a shower if you come home after you spent the night out and you see blood splattered in the bathroom? Also what about Sollecito? He is Italian. Why did he get the same sentence as Amanda if this was all about punishing an American young lady? She is lucky she is in Italy and not in Texas where she may have been already electrocuted by this time.

Lori Reeves   December 4th, 2009 11:07 pm ET

I will never watch your show as long as you have Lisa BLoom on your show. I just wanted to throw up listening to her. Amanda Knox was definately wrongfully convicted. I don't know what the problem is nowadays. It is as if people want to make a spectacle of themselves to get attention. Shame on you Lisa Bloom...

Martina Delle Vedove   December 4th, 2009 11:07 pm ET

As an American Italian, I am offended from the majority of the comments about this case in the States. This young woman lived in a foreign country and should have known the laws of the country she lived in. She falsely accused an innocent man. She lied. And let's not forget an Italian citizen was also accused.
I do not feel that the comments on Italy's system and jury being unfair are correct. We need to understand the Italian legislation in order for us to comment on it. Stating that Italy is a poor, narrow-minded, provincial country is offensive to anybody that has visited Italy, and even more offensive to Italians that live, work and love the USA. Italians have nothing but the utmost respect for the US and its citizens. This is simply a case of homicide where an American, an Italian, a British, and an African happened to be involved. It is not a case of Italy vs. the USA at all. Let's start looking at facts objectively. Being an American should not give anybody a free "get out of jail" card.

brian   December 4th, 2009 11:09 pm ET

I think her own alibi and lies were very damming and telling as well her boyfriends testimony was different than hers as to her where abouts. Extremely self incriminating !

Devendra KC   December 4th, 2009 11:10 pm ET

I do believe that she got a fair trial. It looks like the media and people who are with her are trying to look at the isolated events and find faults rather than looking at the collection of evidences and circumstances of the whole incident. Some evidences against the verdict brought about by them like trying to compare the size and shape of knife with the wound in throat and not finding a match are absolutely unscientific and ridiculous because it never works that way. Her inconsistent and bizzarre explanation of the incident, DNA proof and the circumstances of incident are more against her than with her. Since the case has been going on for 2 years, I am sure there are much more evidences and explanation of the circumstances which led to the verdict than those came to the media. Also it's unfair to judge the whole judiciary system(as done by some people and media) based on a single case; that too without much detail available.

Pete Countryman   December 4th, 2009 11:10 pm ET

The flipant woman from Vanity Fair does'nt help the Amanda Knox cause in the least bit when she blows air through her lips like a contender in the Kentucky Derby. In many foreign countries you are considered guilty until proven inocent, act accordingly , smoke the weed and screw before you go and collaborate your stories much better and have an explanation for why no electronic forensic evidence shows that a movie was downloaded or the computer was in use as the boyfreind alleges during the time of the murder and have a plausible excuse why Amanda and her boyfriend turned off their cell phones two hours before the murder as well as explaining the conflicting confession of Amanda in , " I was 'nt there " to I was there "

Kc   December 4th, 2009 11:12 pm ET

@ Tem

Nobody is saying she's above the law its sound to me that you have preconceived notions about Americans. All people with common sense are saying is Justice wasn't served, If you can't see this I feel sorry for people who have to rely on your Logic

PJ   December 4th, 2009 11:14 pm ET

lisa bloom, GET OVER YOURSELF. stop focusing on the OJ trial that happened almost 15 years ago and start thinking about the innocent 22 year old girl that was put in jail today. amanda is facing more years in jail than she has lived and instead of bringing up the details that you could point out as a journalist, you are focusing on other trials. maybe you should try to focus on letting people know what they can do to help and use any tiny pull you may have by being on larry king and let the viewers know what they can do to help. someone mentioned that the US government may finally get involved and see what they can do to intervene and help this poor young, innocent woman. if you're going to open your mouth, let us know if we can help.

Kc   December 4th, 2009 11:16 pm ET

So now there are Three victims. The killer himself said Amanda wasn't involved nor was her boyfriend. He said this twice! How hard is this to understand?

moe   December 4th, 2009 11:16 pm ET

same way the media doing to tiger they are doing to amanda.killer

Matt   December 4th, 2009 11:19 pm ET

I've also been to Perugia for two jazz festivals and it's a nice town. I had no idea the Italian judicial system was so messed up. A few Italian friends that I spent time with this past summer in Australia talked about how crazy the Italian media is. They've lived there all their lives and they hate it. Again, boooooooooooooooooo to Italy.

Lynda   December 4th, 2009 11:19 pm ET

I think the verdict and whole trial is discusting. I live in Canada and plan to boycot all italian and will never think anything much of them. They are lower than low in their phycopathic trials. And George Clooney should get the HELL out of Italy to show his loyality to his own country of USA. Dont sleep with the scum that hates USA. If money talks over there TAKE it away and show them. If we all ban together Canada and USA we can do ALOT to show our distain and maybe they will let her go. We need a BIG uprising AGAINST Italy. Give them their own boot.. And they have the pope there. What a laugh with the prosecuter on fraud charges and more trying a case. He will be going to jail when his trial is over if this is how they Somebody get a web site going for Canada and USA to join forces against this so it gets so Big Italy will have to fold.

yellek   December 4th, 2009 11:20 pm ET

if you think she is innocent you are sick! accept the fact that the girl is a murderer.

Lilly   December 4th, 2009 11:25 pm ET

Why can't CNN give the family of the victim some air time. I'm tired of hearing poor Amanda. She came to court everyday smiling. Come on everyone – If I was charged with a crime & was guilty I would probably everyday. What about Meredith.....CNN – stop the madness. Report about the victim.

Lilly   December 4th, 2009 11:28 pm ET

One more thing. The only day she cries is the day she is convicted. Wow

yellek   December 4th, 2009 11:30 pm ET

I noticed that too

Anna   December 4th, 2009 11:32 pm ET

I am very sorry for Amanda and her family but, mostly sorry for the Kercher family. They lost their loved one but no one seems to care, especially, the Knox camp. I believe Amanda, herself , sealed her fate. From the beginning, she displayed a nonchalant , defiant, "in your face" attitude. There was no sign of remorse from her or, from her family. The sentence is very long for a young person but, you do the crime, you do the time. Who knows, if she had been a little humble, it may have made a difference.

Carol   December 4th, 2009 11:33 pm ET

I will never go on a vacation to Italy. The Prosecutor should be doing 26 years not Amanda Knox.

SuzieCanada   December 4th, 2009 11:35 pm ET

WOW!!! I cannot believe the number of Americans on this blog planning to boycott Italy!!!!!!! How will Italy survive without you guys??? Please do me a favor: boycott Canada too!!!

Kathy   December 4th, 2009 11:36 pm ET

Shows the world that a prosecuter on his own set of charges in italy can do as he pleases, He tried this in this in the 70s and now there is a book about this underhanded prosecuter that just tried Amandas case. Gee we better stay away from italy in case we run into him. He even has Amandas parents charged now. How low can a country get?

Matt   December 4th, 2009 11:37 pm ET

Some people just smile! Other people always look sad. Some people glare a lot. Some people look unhappy even when they're not. Just because she smiles doesn't mean she murdered someone. The people in this chat that keep equating her smile to her being guilty of murder are really stupid. Sometimes smiling can be a defense to hide how you're really this case its obvious that she's pretty scared. Think people. The sad conclusion is that what was really needed in this case was a fair trial. I smile a lot. I haven't murdered anyone. Funny how the two aren't connected.

Billy   December 4th, 2009 11:38 pm ET

The jury goes by the medea to convict. And the DA who ran the trial has his own fraud charges comming to court.. Lets hope he gets 26 years.

Leigh Ann   December 4th, 2009 11:39 pm ET

Amanda Knox, an American staying in Italy, as well as others, committed a terrible crime IN Italy, and she must be held accountable... on ITALIAN terms. Of course the Italian justice system is different from that of America; it's not America! As mentioned above, if this had happened in America, Knox and Sollecito would have been found guilty just as they have been. The only reason people are complaining is that she is an American, and "no American would ever do such a thing." It is sickening how so many people are passing judgment on the Italian judiciary system and Italians in general. Realize that all those involved have been found guilty based on the evidence presented against them.

Roberta Gallant   December 4th, 2009 11:39 pm ET

Did Amanda Knox kill her British roommate with a kitchen
knife during during a yelling match in an argument? If yes,
has he or she gone to an Italian hospital emergency room
for stitches? American-Native college kids should not
misbehave in Italy because its criminal justice system
is so much different from the United States'. I did not
know about the detail of what Amanda Knox might
have done wrong in that country.

Lynda   December 4th, 2009 11:40 pm ET

The rich USA people and movie stars should move out of italy to show their disapproval of italys treatment to USA citizans.

PJ   December 4th, 2009 11:44 pm ET

I hadn't read a single comment on here until I posted. I had no idea people are posting that because she smiled she is guilty. thank you, Matt. line of the day... "THINK PEOPLE"

Emma   December 4th, 2009 11:45 pm ET

I think it's sad that so many have written that they will NEVER travel to Italy now. What a shame... Although Europe probably doesn't want any ignorant tourists there that have no idea,or respect of how their countries work.

She was not innocent-look at the evidence and try to be objective-try to imagine that it was an evil Italian temptress that killed her roomate in a sex crime in CT, with exactly the same evidence-confession, accusation of an innocent person, DNA, bloos etc-see how outraged the US would be then!

roberto   December 4th, 2009 11:45 pm ET

To Ginger and Bob Minnocci: Please go to Italy more often. I am Italian and have lived in US for a long time but put your frustrations aside and go there; it is a wonderful country with very nice people. You will eat well as well. Also, this is not about Italy vs US; this is about a killer who found guilty. Stop it there and go out and give some food to homeless on the streets if you care very much about people who you even do not know. Would you do that? She has a chance to appeal and she may let be free if were to be innocent.

Emma   December 4th, 2009 11:48 pm ET

Oh Lynda... What a small mind you have. Have you ever left the country before?

Rocky   December 4th, 2009 11:49 pm ET


You want the Rich people in ISA to move to Italy to show disapproval of treatment of Amanda Knox?

How about ill-treatment to USA citizens here in USA by the courts systems putting in jails 2 millions people, the highest of any in developed countries.?

Jim   December 4th, 2009 11:49 pm ET

Gold people gold Boycott italy dont buy italian gold or anything italian Dont travel there and and money talks over there. Gee all countries depend on tourism and good publicity. And to have the DA on his own set of fraud charges involing other cases trying Amandas/ Gee they would be off the case elsewhere.
BOYCOTT Italy. And anyone that thinks Amanda guilty doesnt know enough about the case. Dig deeper. Start with digging into the prosecuters crimes. Start from the 1970s. Find out who else he tried this with and the investigation they are doing on him. Gee if we were under investigation we wouldnt be a DA till that was solved.

Lynda   December 4th, 2009 11:53 pm ET

No rich to move OUT OF ITALY Cause if Amanda was rich she wouldnt of been convicted. And yup ive been out of my country but I love my country and Im not leaving it again, Nice and safe and fair

Emma   December 4th, 2009 11:57 pm ET

Lynda- a weekend in Mexico when you were sixteen doesn't count. But it's great to hear that you won't be ruining the reputation of Americans on an international scale anymore.
And yes, you are right. This country is really "nice, safe and fair"... I won't even comment on that!

Lynda   December 5th, 2009 12:00 am ET

With the prosecuter under investigation he should never of been trying a case

Matt   December 5th, 2009 12:02 am ET

Thanks PJ. Hey Rocky, your link didn't work. Oh wait, it didn't make any sense either – just like the rest of your post. And Emma, I have left the country before and have really enjoyed traveling to Italy several times! I'm also a polite tourist...when traveling to another country I think it's really important to try to see things from their perspective and to behave in such a way that matches how their culture operates. However, who would want to go to a country where such hazy conclusions can be supported from glaringly flimsy evidence? What if you ended up in jail because someone broke into your hotel room to rob you and was murdered later that same day? I guess your DNA would be loosely connected. Better not smile at the trial....

ina   December 5th, 2009 12:04 am ET

I'm glad to see so many actually have an open mind. I came here to write what i thought after watching the coverage on the verdict out of Italy in the Amanda Knox case tonight, with all the comments, except for Lisa Bloom, who actually put things the way they really are. Listening to "Vanity Fair's" Judy Bachrach, who wouldn't recommend anyone go to Italy, would she send them to Asia instead, laws are really good there, right? I was steaming. I've lived, studied, worked in Italy for years. But it never fails, when an American is in trouble, anywhere, for whatever reason, most Americans, and especially the media, are all over it, slamming whatever country is involved. Oh, and let's get Government officials involved, why not call in The President.
Do we listen to other country's request for the same? And the bigwigs (like Vanity Fair's – Ms. Bachrach) who have power conveying everyone their thoughts, only because of who they are. Note: SHE IS WRONG, in that Amanda Knox was in jail for two years prior to trial, FACT: it is NOW two years, the murder happened in November, 2007, trial began in January, 2009. Most murder suspects are held prior to trial, DUH! And, the comment about "knowing" someone high up in the Italian Judicial system? That doesn't happen here- right? But, hey, it makes good journalism -right? I haven't followed this all that much, but, I do get the Italian Channel, and once in awhile it was on RAI News, there's more to it then is disclosed here. I don't have an opinion on Amanda's guilt -or- innocence, I don't know "ALL" the facts, but, the American media isn't stating the facts/evidence that did come in to trial. However, there are many, many people, black, white, short, tall, young, old, that are "unjustly" convicted, every single day, for all sorts of reasons, right here in good 'ol America.
Bottom-line, a young woman was brutally raped and murdered, no one seems to want to talk about her. Something happened. . . .

A. Smith, Oregon   December 5th, 2009 12:14 am ET

Thank God she wasn't in Texas! She would have gotten the death sentence by those Christian wing-nut Republicans in Texas.

We should send Bush jr. and Dick Cheney to Italy, perhaps their justice system is fair enough to put those criminals on trial.

Matt   December 5th, 2009 12:24 am ET

I'm going to bed so this is probably my last post.
I've always loved Italy and also lived there for about 6 months when I was 20. Like you I had better judgement than Amanda Knox and didn't hang out with the crazies. Sometimes 20 year olds go abroad and do stupid things. But in this case there are more than a few things that seem a little fishy. From conversations I've had with friends who live in Italy and from following this story it really doesn't seem like she's been throughly tried and proven guilty. If I could pick one country to travel to I would always choose Italy first...but this really does seem scary. If I ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time...would I end up going to jail. The answer is...maybe. That's messed up.

Lauren   December 5th, 2009 12:30 am ET

I don't think this was meant for a debate about this topic even though it's and open discussion, our opinions don't really matter because we won't be the ones to come to a conclusion when Amanda goes through the appeal process

Pat   December 5th, 2009 12:33 am ET

Judy Bachrach – Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. You want to see corruption, unfairness, injustice, railroading...(to name a few), look no further than your own backyard. Your bias shows right through, people are not stupid. You make no sense and you are not doing yourself, the accused or Vanity Fair any justice.

I guess the fact that she continuously lied and then changed her story, admitted to taking drugs that evening, and attempting to have an innocent man convicted had no bearing on the jury. No, the jury based their verdict solely on her behaviour and the fact that she was a foreigner – what a bunch of crap! Might we remind you that her co-accused is also an Italian citizen and the only son of a prominent doctor.

Larry King, please, some unbiased reporting in the future – the bloggers have repeatedly requested it.

For those of you who are advocating bouycotting Italy, please, STAY HOME. This wonderful, friendly, accommodating country is better off without you. It would have been better off with Amanda Knox.

A. Smith, Oregon   December 5th, 2009 12:37 am ET

Wow, Satanic Sex, that Italian Prosecutor sounds like some Christian wing-nut that goes outside only at night.

I'm surprised Christians here in the States and their Republican lapdogs retired the use of that label (smearing the female suspect as participating in Satanic Sex) upon women some 20 years ago. Maybe its making a come-back!

That morass of judgment ranks right up there with the Christian Church of Tiger Woods.

pat   December 5th, 2009 12:43 am ET

Why a complete absence of concern for Knox's accomplice, Sollecito? I suppose it's because he isn't American, therefore his possible innocence doesn't matter, besides, he's not particularly attractive. And Knox is attractive, and American, and white. Therefore she must be innocent. No mention I see, of the black guy who'se been locked up for 30 yrs. America, broaden your horizons. Look at all sides. Come into the 21st century. No chance I suppose, of that happening.

Pat   December 5th, 2009 1:17 am ET

Correction to my last sentence. – It would have been better off **without** Amanda Knox.

Pat   December 5th, 2009 1:33 am ET

Judy Bachrach – let he who is without sin cast the first stone. You want to see corruption, injustice, railroading, etc., look no further than your own backyard. Your bias shines right through, people are not stupid. You make no sense and you are not doing yourself, the accused or Vanity Fair any justice.

I guess the fact that she repeatedly lied and then changed her story, took drugs that evening, tried to have an innocent person convicted of murder, and her DNA was found on the knife had no bearing on the jury. No, the jury based it's decision on her inappropriate behaviour and the fact that she is a foreigner. What a bunch of crap! Might we remind you that her co-accused is an Italian citizen and the only son of a prominent doctor.

Larry King, please some unbiased reporting in the future – the bloggers have repeatedly requested it.

For those of you who advocate bouycotting Italy, please, STAY HOME!
This wonderful, friendly, accommodating country is better off without you. It would have been better off without Amanda Knox.

j lyn bennett   December 5th, 2009 1:39 am ET

I would cry too. They have no evidence of this girl at the crime scene. The only thing that remotely connects her is the fact she dated one of the other suspects. Who says those two men weren't in cahoots to commit this crime the whole time. Salicito could have chosen knox as a potential victim but needed to "case" the place with guede. In doing so they discovered to young girls lived there and it might have been by chance that kercher was home and not knox. I think the italian police and the prosecuter did a half assed job investigating and convicting. The men could have taken the knife from the girls apartment after the murder and stashed it at thier place. Knox's blood could be on the handle if the kitchen knife belonged to the girls. I cut myself all the time cooking. Lets face it if you have a hammer toe your footprints are not normal. That is besides the point. I see all kinds of evidence to convict the men but not knox. I think a rep from our country needs to get involved in this. If it was their 22 year old daughters ass on the line they would be all over it,.

Nik   December 5th, 2009 1:40 am ET

Nobody seems to be wondering "what if she really IS guilty" ? Everyone presumes she is innocent.

Rich, Kankakee, IL.   December 5th, 2009 1:41 am ET

This is why I say stay out of other countries, there was no evidence at all and they still convicted her. I guess this is what we will happen to us if the U.S. Mexico, and Canada combine into one country.

aldine meister   December 5th, 2009 1:42 am ET

I am outraged. I will not visit Italy again till Amanda is set free.

joe martino   December 5th, 2009 1:43 am ET

i find it very funny listening to the american media all saying she was railroaded and yet the british media has totally different views and facts .there was dna from knox in the room. the american media should stop their bias and give people the real facts.

Trevor C. S.   December 5th, 2009 1:44 am ET

Hypothetically, let's say that one was to consider Amanda Knox TO HAVE committed this type of crime. Still, there is no empirical evidence found in this case which leads to her being guilty of this crime. There needs to be some serious action to the court taken from this.

Tony Moss   December 5th, 2009 1:45 am ET

It's obvious that the evidence is not what convicted her. I say that all Americans boycott everything Italy and everything Italian. Do not travel there. Do not buy their products. And most of all, American soldiers and US taxpayer money should not defend them as we are now.

pipper kholer   December 5th, 2009 1:46 am ET

I believe that the trial was fair, and that she was really lucky if an italian student would have been on the same situation here the least he or she would have recieved is life in prison with out perole. I have lived in three diferent countries and have never been in that situation. I do not think that it is fair of people saying that in Italy for having money you do not get convicted as if in this country is not like this. Has everyone forgotten about OJ SIMPSON?????? or Khloe Kardashian or Paris Hilton maybe the last two where only for DUI but still they were out within a day because they had money. If she is in this situation is because she did something wrong and she must pay for it.

Michael   December 5th, 2009 1:46 am ET

I like how everyone on the panel tonight is American. There's not a single Italian representative to explain why she was found guilty in their system.

Stop comparing their system to ours. We're forgetting that Italy has certain anti-American sentiments, it is home to Vatican City which is inside the Italian capital of Rome, and that Italians are fiercely religious Catholics.

Get someone to balance the panel please so that we might get the full story, and, for the love of God, please stay away from her friends and family who will do nothing but turn Americans against this country over something that happens all the time in our system.

Knox is getting 36 years, yes that's a long time, but not as long as life.
Again its not our system so quit raising arguments that we'd raise in our system.

Adele   December 5th, 2009 1:46 am ET

I've followed this case from day one, and she is not GUILTY. It frustrates me she is having to go through this! There is no conclusive evidence that she and Raffaele were involved. Rudy Guede is the guilty party. The Italian system really shows me how grateful I am to be an American. We have a lot of court problems, but nothing like this would EVER happen in America. There would be too many people looking at the real facts instead of hearsay. I hope our government will get involved. If she was guilty of course she should be charged, but it's obvious this is a railroading of a innocent girl. I am sorry for the Kercher's loss, but how can they be so cruel to Amanda? I wouldn't want an innocent girl to go to jail, especially when the real killer has already been convicted (Guede) I hope her parents can afford an appeal.

Melinda.Verdi   December 5th, 2009 1:46 am ET

It's not even that I think she is guilty, BUT what I don't understand is why she acted so strange. I can't even understand how someone could shop for clothes and pose and kiss and do cartwheels when someone she knew and lived with was just brutally murdered. I can't imagine that her parents and lawyers didn't pull her aside and say what on earth are you doing, this is serious, stop it for your own sake!

Kim   December 5th, 2009 1:46 am ET

It reminds me of the Louise Woodward case.

joseph   December 5th, 2009 1:48 am ET

I am totally appalled by the comments of Judy (Vanity Fair)in regards to the whole country of Italy, it is obvious she is bitter towards Italy, comments like all of Italy should be ashamed or if your not rich, famous& powerful you don't stand a chance. Does she forget where she lives.., don't get me going about the American justice system.
Just get that low class broad off the air!, she is just a poor "caffone" as we say in Italian!



Rich, Kankakee, IL.   December 5th, 2009 1:48 am ET

Everyone should stay in their own home country, these other nations have just as nutty a justices system as our own! Remeber how many black people have been convicted just for looking at a white women! American's justice system is just as corrupt as every other nation's justice system!

thethena   December 5th, 2009 1:50 am ET

The guy on the CNN is so biased. The "angelic smile". The most shocking was the lady warning american students about going to Italy. I was like what????? So according to her Italians are so evil manipulative and corrupted that they are out to get american angels as murder convicts. How many cases have taken place before that to support her words. How many students got convicted of killing their friends, roommates.
Don't just report biased views and opinions. We do not care about what the biased people think. We know what they think. To them Amanda is the ANGEL. If you want show opinions then present the both sides. PLEASE.
And let us not forget the victim here MEREDITH KERCHER. Lets hear the thoughts and opinions of her family.
I bet the guy talking in the show doesn't even know her name.

Expat American   December 5th, 2009 1:50 am ET

My sympathies are with the family of Meredith Kercher.

26 years is not just punishment for Amanda Knox.

May she spend the rest of her natural life in prison.

Many posts on this board are a true reflection of how reactionary and unintelligent many Americans truly are...stick out your chest and chant USA USA!

Sigrid Haynie   December 5th, 2009 1:50 am ET

To candidly admitting on television that connections in Italy will buy you freedom no matter what the crime is incomprehendible for us as Americans – Let us all be greatful for our Justice System in this country. Amanda was found guilty by the press and public before a trial started – Truly a sign of "the ugly American". How very very sad for the family.

j lyn bennett   December 5th, 2009 1:51 am ET

there you go. The ONLY son of a prominent italian doctor. What about the bra. What if the bra was borrowed. I know that sounds uncommon but for college girls not so uncommon. The italian police and prosecuters leave too many open questions about the evidence. They proved themselves untrustworthy when they submitted false photos of the crime scene. I don't know what can be done on our end as americans to help her. But I pray with all my heart that someone can help her. I think she is innocent

Tina Fanelli Moraccini   December 5th, 2009 1:51 am ET

Judy Bachrach is a hateful racist. Get her off national television before she poisons the entire country against Italy.
Regardless of Amanda Knox's innocence or guilt – I don't know enough, I wasn't at the trial – this woman, Bachrach, has said some very damaging things against Italy and Italians. I take offence as an Italian-American who has lived for several years in Italy.

Tony Moss   December 5th, 2009 1:52 am ET

It's interesting how many people here site what was purportedly said by Amanda that has since been refuted. She did not say what the corrupt Italian system says she said. This was not a fair trial, and that is widely reported. Screw Italy!

Rich, Kankakee, IL.   December 5th, 2009 1:53 am ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon

I agree with you!

Mandy   December 5th, 2009 1:53 am ET

It is a sad ending to a tragic episode, everyone lost

Lorie   December 5th, 2009 1:53 am ET

I believe the girl was at the wrong place at the wrong time, but if she were black would everyone be making a big issue out of it? In south United States there are many black innocents that are in jail and some have died there.

tony   December 5th, 2009 1:53 am ET

all i here is how this beautiful american white girl did not get a fair trial. she could never do such a thing. shes a wholesome granola kid. the italians have a vendetta against her. well what about the other suspect who is italian and was found guilty? what about the victim? she may have not been an all american white girl, but she was beautiful too. i know innocent people who got involved with serious crimes after using drugs and getting involved with a bad person but no ones justifying their actions. maybe because their not a "beautiful white girl". always an excuse for those types.

Niliad   December 5th, 2009 1:54 am ET

Absolutely Not!!!!! None of Amada's DNA found at the sceen!
And a Guilty Verdict????
American's are not liked in Europe and I am sure this influenced the
verdict! ARIVADERCHI ROMA!!! American's!

Matt   December 5th, 2009 1:56 am ET

I guess anywhere you go, the justice system is "always" corrupt.

Lorie   December 5th, 2009 1:56 am ET

Poor girl knows how it feels to be black at the wrong time and place in the South.

Rich, Kankakee, IL.   December 5th, 2009 1:58 am ET

This is nothing new black people go through this all the time here in the U.S.! If your black you are guilty, just becasue you were accused of something!

Pat   December 5th, 2009 1:59 am ET

Tina, I agree. Judy Bachrach has a chip on her shoulder against Italians. If anything is to be bouycotted, the first should be Vanity Fair.

Tony Moss   December 5th, 2009 2:01 am ET

Lisa Bloom is a typical older woman who is threatened by the attention and compassion given a young beautiful woman like Amanda Knox. it's so obvious in her bias as she dicsusses this case. She can't stand that Amanda is "young, white and pretty." Pathetic!!

John H.   December 5th, 2009 2:02 am ET

I don't know if Amanda got a fair trial but in my personal experience, the people of Italy (Italia) are some of the most friendly, outgoing people in the world. I had the good fortune to have been stationed at the NATO base in Naples (Napoli) for three years and it was hands down the best assignment I ever had. They had to make me go home. We still have good friends there to this day and I would never advise anyone to boycott Italy. You would only be punishing yourself. We lived about 30 km north of Napoli in a place called Villagio Coppola. It was a walled and gated compound where Mr. Coppola occupied a nice villa alongside the yacht basin. It was a beautiful place and very safe. Word was no one would break into your house or your car or steal any of your belongings because Mr. Coppola guaranteed our safety and I never knew anyone to have been bothered in any way while we lived there. The only thing you would have to be careful in the evenings if you walked into areas near Mr. Coppola's Villa because you would soon encounter several well dressed and well armed men with dogs who would point you in another direction. The people there were wonderful and had a great curiousity about Americans and Amercan Culture. Those who say there is corruption there are also right to a degree. Counterfit cigarettes are sold openly without taxes. American cigarettes, liquor, and gas stamps were eagerly sought after by nearly everyone. But if you have an Italian friend, you have a friend who would do anything for you and protect you from any harm. Even walking the streets of Napoli, we never encountered any of the supposed swarms of pick pockets or purse snatchers. We found that if you walk the streets with respect for others, you will be treated with respect. The only time I found fault with the people of Italy was when you met them on the open highways. There were almost no rules back in the early 70's and you just had to learn to drive as they do (When In Rome, Do As The Romans Do).
We did have one experience which might be of some interest though. We had a young friend who was in the Navy and worked at the Post Office. We knew he was a bit on the wild side but one day were surprised to receive a call from Italian Authorities asking if we knew him and how. Turns out he was not only stealing from post office packages on the Navy Base but was also dealing in drugs. He was picked up coming out of the gate at the Naval Air Station and literally disappeared for months. We called his wife and she and their baby daughter hadn't heard a thing. He was placed in a prison called Poggio Reale (Not Sure of Spelling) but this place was huge with guards on the walls armed to the teeth, barbed wire etc. right next to a place we called Shoe Alley where the Open Market on Leather Goods was located every weekend. To make a long story short, no one was allowed to see him for months. His commander finally was allowed limited visitation. His wife much later when she was able to bring him some things to eat as food was really bad. What made things worse, the Navy stopped his pay and benefits and his wife and baby were left with no means of support other than what we his friends were able to offer. It all ended up with him being returned to Navy Jurisdiction about 8 months later with the stipulation that he would be immediately shipped out of Italy, never to return. Prison for Amanda will not be a cake walk. I would hope that after some time passes and the Italian Legal System is satisfied they made their point, they will return her to American Jurisdiction. I sense she may have had a wild side which helped get her into trouble but I don't think she is guilty. The moral of the story is that whenever you travel outside the 50 United States, you come under the jurisdiction of what ever country you happen to be in. Don't get into trouble because our government has limited influence and may not be able to help you out of whatever predicament you may find youself in. Please excuse my spelling errors as it is getting late and I am not that good at spelling anyway.

Tony Moss   December 5th, 2009 2:06 am ET

John H. – You were an American soldier defending the Italians, paid for by the US taxpayer. Of course they are going to be nice to you.

Hafnercal   December 5th, 2009 2:12 am ET

I was in Italy in the Summer of 2006 and I realized at that time that Italy was much different than perhaps we Americans romanticize it to be. Italy at it's core is a conseravative nation and the home of the Roman Catholic church. I did see many American students in Italy and even some in Perugia at the time enjoying themselves, and perhaps at times taking it to the extreme.

I remember one girl bragging of having sex in the laundry room at the youth hostel, another group kept the neighborhood up until all hours of the night with drunken partying, another man openly drank from a wine bottle while walking in the street in broad daylight. In another town a student confronted a hotel worker about the conditions of the hotel and proceeded to vomit in the bathroom afterwords after a drinking binge.

I was to be quite honest, very, very embarassed by the actions of my fellow American's behavior, and tried my best to distance myself from such actions.

I do believe strongly that Amanda Knox whether guilty or innocent, could very well be a symbol to some degree of anger or resentment towards American's perceived behavior in the country of Italy. We do have to remember that this is Italy, and we don't own it. The people of Italy have their own beliefs and values and legal system. I think when we are traveling abroad we have to be ever so aware of our actions, and that whether we realize it or not, we are not protected by U.S. laws in foreign lands.

In the case of Italy, I did see signs of wary eyes, and a society that definitely has strong mores regarding sexuality, and again is not as accepting as we might think. In this case the events that led up to the conviction of Miss Knox did not portray her in a favorable light and put her up against that rigid antiquated, religious backbone of the country.

Michelle   December 5th, 2009 2:13 am ET

You cannot judge a book by it's cover. Doesn't ANYONE recall that quote? I am tired of hearing about how Amenda Knox looks like an "angel" a beautiful angelic smile, etc. I personally don't agree. She doesn't look innocent at all. I'm tired of hearing how she was a "poor" college student. First, poor kids don't get to sudy in Europe. Second, she looks like an average plain Jane and so does her boyfriend. It's the nerdy types that sometimes the most sexually freaky of all. Take a look at that big herpes sore on her lip!!! Hasn't anybody noticed that? What does that tell you? Why does everybody think she "looks" so innocent? Because she's young, WHITE? Her room mate was criticizing her "promiscuity". She's no innocent. Her closing statements were manipulative kiss-ass tactics, thanking the prosecution – give me a break! Did she read some where that Italians take pity on the polite? Don't look down your noses at the Italian court system. They heard evidence that we did not hear. A butal murder occurred to an innocent person and it's not hard for me to believe that Amanda Knox and her boyfriend were responsible for or it, or at least a part of it.

Tony Moss   December 5th, 2009 2:21 am ET

And a court observer points out that members of the jury slept while the defense spoke....hmmm. Oh, and Lisa Bloom blabs on so-called facts about which she has no firsthand knowledge. Get serious Lisa. Don't convict the girl just because you resent her looks!!

Pat   December 5th, 2009 2:23 am ET

Tony Moss, – in other parts of the world, American soldiers paid for by the US taxpayer are killed by the very people they are defending.

Giovanna   December 5th, 2009 3:22 am ET

I wanted to say that I saw Lisa Bloom on LKL and Anderson Cooper tonight, and I agree with her assessment 100%.

Perhaps the evidence (that we as outsiders know about) does not appear to be enough to convict. But to slander the entire country of Italy is really being ignorant.
We have plenty of people in this country who get convicted on the same type of evidence, and we never hear about Lisa Bloom so eloquently observed.
I am Italian on my mother's side, Italian was my first language before English, and I have spent time and lived in Italy on my own and with relatives as a college student and working as a teacher.
It's like anywhere else in this world: if you are smart and you have common sense, you will avoid trouble. My opinion is that Amanda was very naive. If she is guilty of anything, it is of consorting with shady characters and getting involved in situations which led to this predicament.

manny   December 5th, 2009 3:52 am ET

thought Dateline reported that Amanda initially accused her boss. why in the world did she accuse him if she was supposedly at Raffaele's house during the time of the killing?

ckelly   December 5th, 2009 4:47 am ET

Unless you have police tapes (14 hours ) on video-of the entire "confession" then a defendant will never get an unbiased trial-rumors, rumors often spread by police, insiders and family and then speculation-

Just as you can not believe everything you read-wise up people-you DEFINITELY cannot believe everything you get as a report on TV!!!!

smarten up.

Its a terrible tragedy that Meredith Kercher was murdered-terrible..!!!
but the only justice that was served was the media's and the Italian prosecutors version-not true justice. I wonder why??

I think trial by media in any country is backward and rotten!!

Paul   December 5th, 2009 4:47 am ET

We as American's view this as she did not get a fair trial. However, you have to realize that this is an Italian crime. Once anybody is a visitor to a foreign country you should be a good guest and that means behaving yourself. In this case, she did receive a fair Italian trial. Regardless, I go by my gut and I'm normally correct. My gut is telling me she may have not committed the actual crime, but she did have something to do with it. 26 years sounds fair to me. Quit crying Amanda, deal with it.

Pam   December 5th, 2009 4:54 am ET

Amanda's not smiling now is she ! How come all these American TV attorneys who have no direct input to the evidence are so quick to defend her. Italy is NOT a third world country, the crime was commited there and tried. justly. So yoy don't like the verdict, tough ! Don't forget this is not about the poor American an Italian was convicted along side her too. Get over the fact that American justice is not world justice , if Knox had been convicted here she could well have faced the death penalty. She gets to live, Meredith Kercher does not. Save your support for her, her name is hardly mentioned . The likes of Ann Bremner and others make America appear arogant and self serving. Knox has guilt written all over her, Enjoy your time in Italy Amanda.....Rest in peace Meredith . God Bless.

Marcus   December 5th, 2009 4:55 am ET

This is really sad, however this happens in the United States as well. There was a jury conviction in Mt Vernon, IL the day before the knox conviction, of a innocent man named Edward Oats. A 50 year old prison guard, with no priors, no evidence, no DNA, no porn found his home, no record of any kind of sex acts in his life. This man has 7 kids, six grandchildren, and he also stayed in the local area for six years eight months a waiting trial for a sexual assault charge of his mistress children 2 girls, and 1 boy. Six years without any other evidence or alleged victims. Even with the kids not being able to identify Mr. Oats 2 noticeable birth marks on his body, also even with all the inconsistent statements given by the children. They claim Mr. Oats abused them for 3 years. Mr. Oats claims, the mother of the children put them up to it once she found out he was having another baby by another woman. The power of a scorned woman.... He faces 30 years in prison

Anna Burke   December 5th, 2009 6:45 am ET

I have no idea of who is guilty or not. I wasn't there.
I want to state that Judy Bachrach was out of order when she branded all Italians as being corrupt. When I first went to live in Italy, I lived with an Italian lawyer and his famiily. They were upright decent people as were most of the people I met while I lived there. I still have many Italian friends, some of whom are Italian Government workers.
I met literally thousands of Italians in my years there, none of them were corrupt. Ms. Bachrach obviously moved in the circle of people all tarred with the same brush....CORRUPT! Doesn't say much for Ms. Bachrachs choice of company, does it?

Emmanuel Amodu   December 5th, 2009 6:59 am ET

Its horrible,ungodly. Amanda Knox deserved to be jail. this will serve as deterrent to those who commit crime under the disguise of had drugs.Big thanks to the juries.

Pat   December 5th, 2009 9:53 am ET

Maureen, thanks for the articles.


John Black   December 5th, 2009 10:47 am ET

Lisa Bloom was right while Judith Bachback is wrong to critisize the Italian Justice System! If 3 people are in the room and the fourth is dead this is only common sense that one or all other 2 are the killers!Therefore, even if she did not use the knife , she was a participant in the act and therefore get the same as the others. p.s. -How can Judith Bachback be an editor or anything on a magazine like Vanity Fair with this type of aditude!

maria gioia   December 5th, 2009 1:12 pm ET

I take offense to Judy Bacharach's negative comments against Italy & Italians....when you think of all the talents the Italians have given to this country,,every Oct. NIAF /Nat'l Italian Amer. Foundation / members gather together in Wash, DC/3000/ people honoring diff. Italians/Amer,/ from this country & abroad, the President always attends & gives a speech..we are all filled w/pride.the difficulties our immigrant parents had to endure in the 1920's when they came here, language difficulties & financial problems, etc,,am thinking also of all the immigrants from all over the world. viva USA & America!

David   December 5th, 2009 1:28 pm ET

As someone who lives in London and in the province of Perugia, I have followed this case from the start. There is absolutely no reason to believe that the Italian justice system is not as good as that in England or the USA. (Its more like the Scottish system in fact.) It may be true that the police can be a bit sloppy but that's not confined to Italy. One criticism I have heard is that the appeal system is much more likely to overturn verdicts or modify the sentence than in Britain or the USA. Maybe Ms Knox will be lucky in the appeal court. However, if she and Sollecito are not guilty, one has to ask why they told so many lies at the start of the investigation; why did Sollecito buy lots of bleach to clean up his own flat the morning afterwards, before, according to his and Ms Knox's first statements, he even knew there was a murder. Students are not well known for excessive cleaning.
I feel sorry for everyone involved, Meredith Kerchner's family, the Knox family, the Sollecito family and the poor african who is doing thirty years for a murder he almost certainly did not commit.

Gordon   December 5th, 2009 2:34 pm ET

When did Amanda Knox notify Family and the American Embassy of the death of her flatmate and that she was being questioned? And why would someone of her intelligence make statements without a Lawyer present...regardless of the country she is in?

Maureen (UK)   December 5th, 2009 3:08 pm ET

Ciao, you're welcome.

Marcy   December 5th, 2009 4:40 pm ET

Since the Knox family will move to Italy to continue to fight for justice for Amanda, I believe they should request an audience with the Holy Father. I'm not sure if they are Catholic; if they're not, they should convert, and pray the novena to St. Jude, the patron saint of hopeless causes. This is what they need to do to help Amanda and to resolve this impossible situation, among other things.

mg   December 5th, 2009 5:34 pm ET

I haven't often watched the LK show in the past, but i decided to take a look at it last night. I agree with a comment that was made by another poster earlier; it seems that every person who was interviewed on the show is more or less opposed to the verdict in this case. I think it would have been interesting to have a more balanced program. Personally, i find it ridiculous that some people have made negative remarks about italy in general (on other sites as well) while following these events. I think these people are reacting very immaturely to all of this.
It is a rather perplexing story / case.

John H.   December 5th, 2009 6:21 pm ET

@Gerald Jolly...Oh Come On Gerald! We can do without the name calling and getting personal. Have a different opinion – OK! Name calling – Not OK!

John H.   December 5th, 2009 6:58 pm ET

@Maureen...Anchio posso parlare Italiano. Non so se Il verdetto e guisto ma so tutto quello che Gerald Jolly dice, e pazzo. No si preoccupi. Di piu Americani non sono in daccordo con liu.

Gerald Jolly   December 5th, 2009 7:02 pm ET


Why was Meridith Kercher having a sexual relationship with a man from the Ivory Coast.??

Did she refuse to have more sex with him, and that's why he got angry and killed her??

Or did she steal his bag of MARIJUANA and because of that he got angry and murdered her.??

These are serious issues.

Everybody knows that you had better not steal a Ivory Coasters dope, because if you do, he will kill you.

Stealing his dope is a far more serious thing to do, than stealing his "FISH&CHIPS" however stealing his FISH&CHIPS and the ketchup that goes with it can sometimes lead an Ivory Coaster to become very violent.

Why was the Ivory Coaster in Meridith Kerchers apartment if he was not invited by Meridith Kercher, because surely Amanda Knox and her boyfriend had not invited him to come there.

Did he really just go to Meridith Kerchers apartment because he liked FISH&CHIPS???

jennifer   December 5th, 2009 7:13 pm ET


Maureen (UK)   December 5th, 2009 7:52 pm ET

John H.
Ciao. Anche'io ho visuta in Italia come te, (a Roma). E molto bella. Piccolo mondo !

Earthdreams   December 5th, 2009 9:01 pm ET

As an American who lived in Italy for a number of years, I found Italians there to be welcoming, kind and extremely fair people. Therefore, it is like suddenly being slapped in the face to hear so much American "hate speech" against Italy, the Italian judicial system and the Italian people. Americans' ignorance of other cultures is disheartening, but, what is even more shocking is that so many Americans sound so sure of themselves in the face of their astounding cultural ignorance. The American girl, Amanda Knox, falsely and deliberately accused an innocent man, then, changed her story several times as to her whereabouts on the night of her roommate's murder. Never once, did she show any sign of sorrow that her roommate, Merideth Kercher, had been murdered, and demonstrated the most grossly inappropriate behavior before and during the length of her entire trial. Had this murder been committed in the United States, the full force of the law would have come down on her much sooner, and she might have received the death penalty as well. Furthermore, her family's callous behavior - shopping, wearing fasionable Italian-style clothing, snapping pictures all over the place, and defaming Italy's judicial system, was in sharp contrast to the quietly grieving and modest Kercher family. To all Americans who call to boycott Italy, please, do that wonderful country a favor. Stay away.

Cynthia Price   December 5th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Cancelling trip to Italy. God forbid someone die in the hotel I was staying at and they find my fingerprints there and my pretty Facebook pictures.

Pat   December 5th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

Gerald, go back to your bottle!

annabella   December 5th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

mia madre : a decendant of King Manfred of Sweden,,her grandma was a Manfred..Brooke Shields never says she is 1/2 Italian..she is royalty also, her dad was, Frank Shields,,Susan Sarandon & Jay Leno & Tim McGraw say they are Italian..Italians have the best & happiest weddings !..

tommie   December 5th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

Marcy is correct, move to Italy..get involved w/the Catholic religionright now they are angry & devastATED... maybe in time...wish them well.

mg   December 5th, 2009 11:34 pm ET

Some of the smaller details pertaining to this story are still pretty interesting.
As many people have mentioned, AK's behavior while waiting to be questioned by the police was strange. According to the other people present (friends of MK, and the other room mates), as well as the officers at the police station, she did some cartwheels and the splits. She also acted playful with her then boyfriend RS (sat on his lap for a moment, and also stuck out her tongue at him).

I doubt that most people do cartwheels at police stations in general, and given the sad and frightening circumstances, it came across as even more inappropriate.

Also, when the house was being examined by the investigators early on, AK was handed a pair of shoe covers (worn to prevent contamination), and as she put them on, she made a flirty gesture with her hips and had a playful expression on her face, and said something like "opla".

There are many other details like that in this case, which understandably make people feel suspicious.

sara   December 6th, 2009 12:31 am ET

I think a huge injustice was done in finding Amanda guilty of murder. Maybe her behavior wasn't what people would like to see after someone's roommate was murdered, but that doesn't justify sentencing anyone to 26 years in prison. I think she is innocent. They already have a confession from the real murderer. From what I've heard, it appears that most of the jurors had already convicted her even before the trial began. I hope and pray that justise is done, and that Amanda and her former boyfriend are eventually released and found innocent.

elaine   December 6th, 2009 1:27 am ET

I believe Amanda Knox and her boyfriend were not involved in this crime.
It seems very apparent the other man acted alone and the M.O. is completely consistent with these sorts of crimes against women (very common in the U.S. sadly and based purely on this guy's desire to rape and murder).

That being said, I do believe Amanda was partially convicted on her extremely ODD behavior, words and actions, especially AFTER she was arrested.
The thing about cartwheels is just sooooo bizarre.

The really sad thing is.....after two whole years, she is no less bizarre.
Her statement about not wanting to be seen as "wearing the mask of an assassin" is just SO WEIRD!!!!!!!
It creeps me out completely - the things that come out of her mouth!!!!!!

Why doesn't this woman just say....This killing of my friend is a tragedy and frightening and I am just as upset by this horrific loss of life as her own family.
But I had nothing to do with this terrible crime.!"

And leave it at that. Her WEIRD and STRANGE words just continue this view of her as a very, very bizarre person.

Being bizarre is not reason to be convicted of murder, of course.
However, doesn't anyone in her own family try to help her appear less BIZARRE and SOOOOO WEIRD!!!!!!
Help her family – – she's sooooo weird!!!!

Prays for the victims family and this woman and her family.
I hope justice comes to them sooner, rather than later, but HELP HER STOP being so CREEPILY WEIRD!!!!!!
Her words and actions are sooooooooo cringe-worthy and creepy!

tommie   December 6th, 2009 7:46 am ET

tutto il mondo e un paese .

Ron J   December 6th, 2009 8:36 am ET

Wow-hey maybe if she died her hair like lady gaga and repeated the mantra ‘fugetaboutit’…she would have done better. Sitting there smiling ,acting like a little satanic manson girl surely didn’t help……very weird case…I bet TV movie makers have some interest in this. But This Shoulda neva happened .

Pat   December 6th, 2009 1:14 pm ET

Elaine, take creepy, weird, bizarre, strange, odd; – add a little jealousy, resentment, alcohol, drugs and What Could You Get?????

Roe Mezza   December 6th, 2009 3:17 pm ET

I tried posting my thoughtful and respectful comment about the Amanda trial you indicated that it was awaiting the moderator to aprove of it, but it never posted. I would like to know what you felt was objectionable about my comment that caused you to sensure it, so that I can make a decision as to whether you're in fact biased as some claim and stop watching CNN. Here is comment to remind you of what I said:
December 5th, 2009 5:45 am ET
Your comment is awaiting moderation.
This is the perfect example of the sociopathic behavior of the ugly American with the typical false sense of entitlement.
Some youngsters go abroad to truly broaden their minds and experience other cultures as a means of polishing their own, others go with the attitude that they are superior and now that they are so far away from home, they can be as licentious and wild as they want to be and no one they care about will be the wiser. This attitude is displayed by that particular type of Americans throughout the world and leave the worst impression of what Americans are like.
All we have to do is look into the convictions of young Americans in Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin American countries, to realize that our kids are just not taught the least bit of judiciousness and sense of propriety when they go out into foreign countries.
I find it tragically appalling that Amanda did not seem to have even a little bit of compassion for her murdered roommate!
She showed no concern immediately upon learning of the horrid crime, nor ever!
What kind of people claim that Amanda was a wonderful girl when she could not feel the least bit of empathy for the victim or her parents?
In fact, what kind of people are her parents and supporters that did not show any sympathy for the parents of the victim for their shockingly painful loss?
There is a lot to look at in this case, that could teach us about valuing life and caring about our fellow human beings... about respect for others, for their culture, and their laws; at least while we are visiting their country... if for no other reason than for self preservation and to show a dignified image of our values?
Being young does not give anyone license to misbehave, or to break the law!
We do not allow it here in the States, why should we expect that our kids be allowed to do so in other countries?
Amanda would not have been involved in this horrific situation if she had exercised a little self control, self respect and respect for others...smoking pot and going wild is never conducive to anything good no matter if you're an A student!
Now, what does all this have to do with being found guilty of this heinous crime? Everything!
When we show a history of insolvency of character, when we display total disregard for a person we shared breathing space with, day in and day out, and when we smile while we are being tried for murder, it proves that we are capable of committing such a crime because we have no regard for life!
If, as Amanda did, we display total callousness and cockiness at a time when we should be concerned not just for oneself, but for the victim and her family.
Amanda's lackadaisical and outright sociopathic attitude was similar to Drew Peterson's.
Of course the jury found her to be perfectly capable of committing such an atrocious crime, and as result found her guilty, any reasonable jury would have! I'm sure so would have our judicial system which is the best in the world!!!

ckelly   December 6th, 2009 3:27 pm ET

@ Elaine-language is very important to understand-English and our "business like statements" are not part of the Italian culture, history and expressions-In fact considering the fact that she got 26 years-more than her male counter part and the fact that the "supposed" murder weapon would have meant that she "killed" or assassinated her-it wasn't a struggle (no defensive marks on Amanda) certainly makes her look cold, and dispassionate. Her language made sense to me in light of the media's presentation of her.

jackie   December 6th, 2009 7:42 pm ET


what language are YOU speaking? I don't think anyone has any idea what you are talking about.

I speak English and AK speaks English.
I agree with Elaine.
Her words were Weird, Weird, Weird with a capital "W" - nothing about the poor victim...just poor "me, me, me"....typical cold-hearted killer talk.

However, I also do not believe she was there or participated in the murder.
I believe it was the lone rapist, killer.
The guy wanted something from her, she rebuked his advances, he raped and murdered her. Very common scenerio with rapists and murderers.

But as for Amanda, to this day, she doesn't do herself any favors by speaking so strangely and acting so strangely.
Why her family doesn't help her along those lines is beyond me.

Americans (for the most part), do not act or speak that way.
It is Weird!!
Hopefully, it doesn't take her 26 years to figure out she needs to change her bizarre behavior. Her freedom depends on it!!

travis   December 6th, 2009 7:44 pm ET

yea, i think the point is, she shows no compassion for the real victim and that is the woman who lost her life.
It is very strange to hear those words and no words for the loss of life, the person she claims was a "friend."
I agree, bizarre beyond words.

And using "assassin" doesn't help.
Just say you didn't do it. She is making herself out to be a completely weird and bizarre person. She doesn't help herself at all.

ckelly   December 6th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I saw compassion-I read compassion and I heard compassion-I don't know your story but clearly your perspective is based on your culture-

You didn't respond to my explanation or what I wrote-you are being emotional with out the language (words) to describe your thoughts or feelings.

mg   December 6th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

Some people have talked about a lack of sympathy on the part of Knox and her family.
AK's mother has said (in an interview) that, although the Knox family has expressed sympathies for the Kercher family in general, they have not actually reached out / spoken to them directly. They hoped to do it in the event that AK would be aquitted.
Statements like that can come across as pretty cold to people.

Sandra   December 7th, 2009 12:30 am ET

CNN, you're making her out to be an angel face. It's pretty shocking between the evidence, her cartwheels when Meredith was found killed and the changed stories every time she was asked where she was the night of. I assume she was at the wrong place, drinking the wrong substance at the wrong time.

Western Europe has a great, fair and humane legal system. You should be grateful for that. She was lucky she got off so very light. She's able to borrow 8 books at a time in her cell, go to language lessons and be outdoors 4 hours a day and even cook with her roomies: plush in my view for murder!

PS: Amanda, I'm impressed by your Italian!

Sandra   December 7th, 2009 12:35 am ET

PS: "Everyone should stay in their own home country"
That is so stupid. Typically American.

Jasmine   December 7th, 2009 12:45 am ET

How on earth could anyone that listen to this case could believe that Amanda and Raffalle is guilty? After listening to all the evidence they should have been found not guilty..The knife didn't fit, no forensic at the crime scene..I understand how Meredith Kercher's family feels, but to put two innoncent people away for life is unacceptable, and should be reverse ASAP..Not right – NO JUSTICE!!!!!!

Gerald Jolly   December 7th, 2009 1:20 am ET

In Italy killing, cooking and eating a rat is considered a delicacy.

So whats the big deal about a rat like Guliano Mignini the "NINI" convicting an innocent American young woman such a big deal.

Corruption breeds rats, and the Italian MAFIOSO are the people that coined the word RAT.

Any wonder why they love to eat rats.

Gerald Jolly   December 7th, 2009 2:41 am ET

The Italian population in America number 67 million, and they all agree that if Amanda Knox would have been willing to "BEND A LITTLE SPAGHETTI WITH THEM, THEY WOULD HAVE REQUESTED HER FREEDOM.


Gerald Jolly   December 7th, 2009 3:13 am ET

The society for "FAIRNESS TO ITALIAN IMMIGRANTS" has made a statement regarding the Amanda Knox case.

Luciano FUCTUCI the president of the organization said.

You BAS-TURDS Americans have always hated we SPAGHETTI BENDERS, and now you will know the extent of our vegeance.

We know that Amanda Knox is not guilty, but we also know that "AL CAPONE, JOHN GOTTI, LUCKY LUCIANO. MUSSOLINI, JOE THE BOSS MASSERIA, VINCENTE GIANGATTI, CARLO GAMBINI, were not guilty. So now we are getting even for those unfair convictions of our hero brothers and that PROTESTANT, AMANDA KNOX must pay the price for your cruelness,
Even the former Mayor of New York RUDY GUILIANI- the so-called hero of the 911 catastrophe agrees AMANDA HAS TO PAY, for all the evil things you protestant Americans have done to our heroes.
Even the POPE agrees that the split in her lip was caused by HERPES and we Italians know that the POPE is never wrong even though he has agreed to compensate all the victims of sexual abuse by the priests, cardinals and bishops, it was just a kindness from GOD.


Nick   December 7th, 2009 3:29 am ET

No person should be convicted unless there is no doubt that the crime was committed. To me there is doubt here. Just "thinking' that a person is gulity is not enough. A judge or juror should be certain, no matter the country, nationality or crime.

Sharon Pinbreuok   December 7th, 2009 6:31 am ET

If Amanda would not harm a spider then why did she have no problem telling the police it was the black guy in the bar that had something to do with it. It was found he had nothing to do with it later but Amanda gave his name.

Also why did Amanda's parents say she was physically abused by the police? This is just not the way it works.

I have lived in Italy for 9 years. What the woman from Vanity Fair said is not true. Many international students have lived here in happiness for many years.

Motive it is said there is no motive? What about jealousy of her roommate? Many believe she was and when using drugs many people to do behave normally.

I look to Meridath's family and their saying they were satisfied. What do they know about the relationship between the two.

You get off the hook in the US as well if you are rich and famous.

biased reporting on LKL   December 7th, 2009 6:40 am ET

This was the most biased coverage of the case ever, Larry, you should be ashamed. Why didn't you mention the fact that the knife used to kill the victim had Knox's DNA or all of the sexual games and orgies that Knox was responsible of. You should never discuss Knox exclusively by a variety of representatives from 'Friends of Amanda'. Ridiculous on CNN.

albert   December 7th, 2009 6:46 am ET

it is a long walk to justice, if we feel that Amanda Knox is the victim of injustices in Italy let our love be heard. let your voice be heard on the street and let the italian people that american love Amanda Knox. for i myself feel that amanda knox did not deserved that justice she hope to get.your love will save the poor lady and will give freedom for she will know that americans care. my prayers for you amanda.

Manuel   December 7th, 2009 6:49 am ET

I'm watching CNN International and I'm a bit surprised with the tone of the conversation.
I'm Portuguese, not from Italy but still European.
Apparently this case has been mostly publicized in Italy, USA and UK and the reasons are obvious.
I think that people are entitled to expressed their opinions however the prejudice tone is a bit dangerous. Expressing general opinions about an entire country shows an extremely lack of knowledge. For sure no legal justice is perfect, but Italy and its legal system should be respected and credited.
If in Italy a famous could do almost everything without being punished makes it a kind of a huge LA? The problem with prejudice is that it always strikes back...
Thank you

Heinz   December 7th, 2009 7:11 am ET

I just listened to Larry King on Amanda Knox – 11a.m. Swiss Time – , I have been a US Resident for over 30 years, and I love the USA, I also love Europe. To put bimbo executives on your show from Vanity Fair who are trashing the Italian Court System is not going to help the case. As stated by many other people, her parents and all the rest of her friends are in denial, there are plenty of people who argue that Knox is guilty, she contradict herself, telling investigators that she had been present at the scene of the murder and that Patrick Lumumba, her boss at the bar where she worked a couple of nights a week, assaulted Meredith? She had originally stated that she'd spent the entire night at Sollecito's home. Knox's defenders suggest that a combination of exhaustion, after being questioned for hours, and police interrogation tactics may have led her to make the comments, that's just total BS. I think that Amanda is guilty as hell...Heinz

Ola Akande   December 7th, 2009 7:15 am ET

This case shows how prejudicial we all can be. Many Americans feel Amanda is innocent because she is American.
Would you feel the same if she were British and accused of killing a Meredth who is an American?

I don't know what is think in her case as I cannot say 100% that she is guilty or innocent and not ashamed to say this.

The justice system in America leaves a lot to be desired yet we condemn the italian system as if we have a perfect system ourselves. It is the state of collective delusion that makes the rest of the world to get very angry with America. Let the CHANGE manifest in the way we interact with the rest of the world.

God bless America!

Bob   December 7th, 2009 7:16 am ET

For Asians watching the discussion on Larry King, we can only remember a case during the Bill Clinton presidency. Michael Fay, an American student who together with a few of his fellow students from the American International School was charged and convicted of vandalism and sentenced to caning. Subsequent to that, the Singapore political and legal systems were vilified. Even President Bill Clinton got himself before he found better use of his time with Monica Lewinsky.

I see the same thing now happening to the Italians. The denigration of the Italians of Perugia, the Italian legal and political systems. Pitiful. You wonder what the British and Italians are fighting for in Afghanistan. A common set of values with Americans? I doubt so.

David   December 7th, 2009 7:35 am ET

Re-Gerald Jolly
I am surprised these racist comments passed the moderator.
Having spent long periods in Italy, I have yet to see "rat" on the menu though I believe its a delicacy in parts of China.
These anti-Italian (and anti-European) comments enhance no-one's cause.

David   December 7th, 2009 8:09 am ET

To be fair to Ms Knox, who I think had a fair trial and still has the appeal to come, she did not use the english word "assassin".
She said "assassino" which means murderer – it can mean assassin in the correct context but she almost certainly meant she did not want to be labelled a murderer.
Its quite wrong of Americans to think that there was bias against her because she is an American. Most foreign residents in Italy thought the trial might be biased in her favour because there is great affection for the USA and Americans. This view seemed to be proved when the Ivorian was given 30 years and it looked as though he was going to take the whole rap.
However, the trial was thorough and the judges could not really have brought in a different verdict.
Fortunately, the Italian appeal court will not be influenced by the anti-Italian reaction of those writing to LKL.

Pat   December 7th, 2009 10:09 am ET

Gerald Jolly, you are making a fool of yourself. I guess you can only spew from your mouth when your brain is alcohol dead.

You can't accept the fact that the majority of the bloggers are defending Italy and the Italian justice system and and your Italian prejudices are making you behave like an idiot.

Shame on CNN for allowing these racist, disparaging and deflammatory remarks.

Now, I must go because all that talk about spaghetti is making me hungry.

Terry, TX   December 7th, 2009 10:27 am ET

Guilty two judges and jurors....end of far as I am concerned justice was served. DNA and her attempt to accuse an innocent man who had an airtight alibi...thank God he did...I don't care that she boo hooed....please. She is lucky they didn't give her life...

My heart goes out to the dead girls family.

Expat American   December 7th, 2009 10:55 am ET

I watched the Larry King Live program about the case and I was appalled at the one-sided nature of the conversation which was carried out by the panel of one-sided biased 'experts'.

Although I don't recall the exact wording, at one point one of the female 'experts' made the statement to the effect that "we as Americans feel the need to protect and shelter Amanda Knox because she is a young American woman".

This statement made me sick. As an American, I was overjoyed at the verdict. I disagree with the fact that she didn't receive a life sentence. Had she committed the same crime in the United States she would face a life if not a death sentence.

Lastly, I hope the loudmouth simpleton ‘American Patriots' out there enjoy their hearty slap in the face.

Fran   December 7th, 2009 11:59 am ET

It seems that Amanda Knox has been found guilty as charged, by this "international court of public opinion" (blog).

All the rallying by Judy Bachrach, Friends of Amanda Knox, and CNN to defend her because she is an American has backfired.

schwarzgold   December 7th, 2009 1:41 pm ET

The media doesn't care that a human being is dead; only that a white American has been found guilty. The fact of the matter is this young woman went to Italy for educational purposes and found more than a cookbook. If an Italian was convicted in American court, would this question be asked about a fair trial? Don't judge the judicial system of other countries, ours is not perfect. She was convicted by a jury and I hope congress chooses not to intervene in this matter.

Tina (Germany)   December 7th, 2009 2:01 pm ET

@ Gary H.
Quote: but you have think in the back of your mind she was convicted partly because she is AMERCIAN


And her boyfriend was convicted partly because he is ITALIAN and the other guy partly because he was from IVORY COAST.

Ah yes, I can clearly see that is a conspiracy against the USA,

mattie   December 7th, 2009 2:42 pm ET

no need to go to a foreign country for an education ..excellent schools here in the good ole USA.

schwarzgold   December 7th, 2009 4:21 pm ET

Man! That Gary J. is a funny fella! Please get him a segment on SNL! Different point of view but, hey, you say what u have to say about the issue. Not that I agree.

jackie   December 8th, 2009 6:07 am ET

Amanda Knox's parents are just as WEIRD as she is.

They need to get an expert to speak for them
(and not someone obKNOXious like Garragos – sp?)
just someone who is NOT annoying but NOT weird, either.

They are doing far more damage to her case than good.

At this rate, that poor girl will be locked up for life – – they are likely to add on years.

And what about those CARTWHEELS!? huh!?

I want an answer!!!!!

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