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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-27-11 04:10 AM
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29. No, there are two actual judges and several other lay judges.
Edited on Tue Sep-27-11 04:14 AM by pnwmom
And the lay judges only need to have a high school education. They are more like jurors, although they are much more under the direction of the two professional judges than jurors are here.

The tabloids had plenty to gain from their scandalous stories about the crime. The sex/cult/murder theory, the theme of the Angel/Devil Amanda sold a lot more papers than an ordinary murder by a burglar with a knife. But the judges/jurors not only were not sequestered to protect them from this kind of influence -- they were encouraged to inform themselves about the case through the media. Does that sound fair to you?

Does it seem fair to you that the first judge wouldn't allow the defense to examine the raw DNA files?
Does it seem fair to you that Amanda wasn't allowed an attorney or impartial translator during her interrogation?
Does it seem fair to you that the police did not videotape the several days of interrogation, even though that is required by Italian law -- and even though the equipment was available and functioning. (They used it for other purposes during that same time period.) Does it seem fair to you that they never even provided transcripts of the interrogations?
Does it seem fair to you that the police "accidentally" destroyed four different computer drives that could have supported the students alibis -- and that the judges have refused to allow the computers to be examined by experts who might be able to restore them?

Does it seem fair to you that prosecutor Mignini announced that the case was closed five days after the murder -- a few weeks before the fingerprints results came back clearly identifying Rudy Guede in the bloody trail he left in Meredith's room?

None of this seems fair to me.

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