According to Nick Pisa of the DailyMail, Meredith Kercher murder prosecutor Giuliano Mignini announced just yesterday, January 20th, that Amanda Knox is facing new criminal charges. An article in Italian in Fondazione Italiani from about 20 hours ago appears to confirm the Mail‘s allegations. (Update: The BBC also confirms this, albeit only many hours after this Examiner article.)
Will Senator Maria Cantwell of Knox’s home state of Washington choke on her Starbucks and intervene in these charges as well? And call in Hillary Clinton again?
Prosecutor Mignini, who led the case for the killing of a blameless British student, notified Knox that her slander investigation had ended, the first procedure under the Italian legal system before being formally charged. The process gives a defendant time to contact attorneys and work out a defense. The new formal charges are to be filed within the coming weeks.
Mignini said: “On two occasions during her trial Amanda Knox claimed that she had been beaten during questioning – a claim which was denied by all the officers involved.”
“There was no proof to back up her allegation and to protect the good name of the police department a slander investigation was started and this has now been complete.”
During her trial in Perugia, Italy, Knox recalled her questioning and said: ‘One shouted, “You don’t remember?” then a policewoman behind me hit me across the back of the head. I turned towards her and she did it again. “
Yet Knox could not further identify the officer towards who she had turned. (She is assaulted, looks at the offender, but can’t recognize her?)
As mentioned in the Examiner previously, Knox’s divorced parents Curt Knox and Edda Mellas were served papers upon their arrival in Italy for the last part of their daughter’s trial, notifying them they were under investigation for defaming police. Can we expect formal criminal charges against them as well? Lots of new cases, trials, appeals.
With the prosecution needing to defend the upcoming appeal of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for their convictions for the murder and rape of Meredith Kercher, is this the best use of prosecutorial and judicial resources? One might think that devoting all the necessary time to counter arguments to be made in the Corte D’ Appello about the strength of the forensic evidence would be the best way to help Meredith’s memory and the interests of her devoted family.
Some would think the verdicts in the criminal trials of Knox, Sollecito, and Rudy Guede would be vindication enough for police officers who say they were falsely accused, obviously the judges, two professional and six lay, did not accept Knox’s testimony that her admissions were coerced. Should they just let this roll off their back, or should Knox face these new criminal charges? Perhaps Mignini wants a “backup” conviction in case things somehow change on appeal.