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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-27-11 03:01 AM
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20. Funny, when the Duke students were falsely accused of rape,
Edited on Tue Sep-27-11 03:08 AM by pnwmom
I was accused of being the parent of a Duke student.

Yes, I've probably paid more attention to this case because it got more publicity here than it did in other places. And I know people who knew her who say that nothing they ever saw in Amanda could ever allow them to think she was capable of the murder.

But I didn't really pay attention to the case till around the time of the first verdict. I was hoping to find enough evidence of her guilt to not worry about the outcome of the trial. Instead, the more I studied the case, the more I realized the similarities between it and the Duke false rape case -- especially the grandstanding prosecutor using the case for his political purposes. (Although the prosecutor in this case was even worse -- Miginini has a history of satanic/cult/sex/murder cases for which he has been convicted of prosecutorial abuse. His sentence for that is currently under appeal, and he has been allowed to continue prosecuting pending the final outcome.)

Amanda had no history of violence of any kind. And she had never expressed any kind of anger at all toward her roommate -- look at the trial transcript. It is crazy to think that smoking some pot would have suddenly caused her -- hearing Meredith being attacked by Guede in the next room -- to say to her boyfriend "let's go attack her, too!" Which is basically what the prosecution says. (Actually, the words they put in her mouth were even more ridiculous.)

And it is completely illogical to think that, in a room covered with bloody footprints, handprints, DNA, etc., that every speck of the evidence belongs to only one of three attackers -- and none to the other two. The only logical conclusion is that the single, real killer is the one who left evidence of his presence all over the crime scene, including inside and outside the victim's body.

With regard to the Italian justice system, I think both of our systems have problems. (Troy Davis and the Duke students come to mind.) One of the things that is different about the Italian system is that fully half of original convictions are over-turned on appeal. That is an awfully high error rate, in my opinion. But if Amanda and Raffaele are released now, I will be satisfied that their system worked. Finally.
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