Amanda Knox is a “callous and depraved Killer” is the view held by the prosecution in the Meredith Kercher murder. But they aren’t alone according to the Telegraph, which has printed that half the world shares that view. The other half of the world, according to the paper, believes the American Washington student studying abroad was ensnared by a “dysfunctional legal system” after the brutal murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher.
Meredith Kercher’s sister Stephanie Kercher is in the first camp, along with the rest of her family, and the 21-year-old is taking to the airwaves to champion that her sister recieve the justice due her and Amanda Knox not go free on appeal.
The young sister of the Leeds University student who was brutally murdered while studying abroad four years ago is now the same age as Meredith when she was killed: 21.
Four long years have passed for the Kercher family since that fatal night, with them seeing one 21-year-old family female be brutally murdered and another, who looks almost identical to the victim, beg the press to focus on Meredith Kercher the victim — not Amanda Knox the convicted killer.
Stephanie Kercher pleads for victim
“There’s not much of Meredith in the media. There aren’t photos of her in the media. The focus has completely moved away from Meredith to Amanda and Raffaele,” Stephanie Kercher lamented on Porta-Porta, an Italian television show.
Indeed, you would be hardpressed to find a photo of Meredith during the four years the Knox family has waged its campaign blitz to see the freedom of their incarcerated loved one. But then it is typically the victim that is forgotten in such press-generating trials and crimes.
Troy Davis’ execution in Georgia this week is evidence of that, with the victim, slain Savannah Police Officer Mark MacPhail and his family getting rudimentary coverage and support in the press compared to the NAACP and Amnesty International supported convict. The same happened with the Casey Anthony case, with media centering in on Anthony more than her dead child.
Justice for Meredith Kercher?
As Stephanie Kercher attempts to draw the media’s attention to a sister she says was, “an intelligent, kind, caring person,” the jury who will decide Amanda Knox’s fate continues to ponder the evidence presented at trial. Evidence that Kercher reminds the public is “10,000 pages” in length, not just the two DNA tests the Knox family keeps emphasizing.
Like the Troy Davis case in Georgia, the Amanda Knox case in Italy seeks to discount evidence from a prior trial that resulted in a conviction in hopes of securing freedom for a criminal.
In the Davis case, American courts found repeatedly that the evidence did support the verdict despite the “witness recantations” cited as grounds for an appeal. The U.S. Supreme Court had to weigh in thrice on that case to silence opponents of the death penalty aspect.
Stephanie hopes that the public and the jury in Italy will be just as wise about her sister’s case, urging everyone to “Remember, too, all the other evidence that has been presented in this case so far – 10,000 pages of evidence” the Mirror reported.
Stephanie Kercher and her family are making an effort to remind the jury and the world that just because an independent entity — like the NAACP and Amnesty International in the Davis case — say that someone is innocent or proclaim evidence supports that hypothesis doesn’t make it a fact.
Amanda Knox up against other evidence
With over 10,000 pages of evidence in the Meredith Kercher case, Stephanie isn’t the only one championing for the jury to find in favor of the murder victim, according to ABC News, with prosecutor Giancarlo Costagliola reminding the jury that, “It’s not just about the knife and the bra clasp. There are lots of other things.”
That was true with the Troy Davis case as well, with eye witnesses but a mere fraction of the crime scene evidence available to police investigators and prosecutors. But even then, three key witnesses still maintained the guilt of Davis, never recanting their testimony.
Amanda Knox’s defense hasn’t been able to prove her innocent of the crime she was convicted of and sentenced 26 years for either. They’ve only been able to do like the Troy Davis defense lawyers and muddy the legal waters a bit about some portions of the evidence in the case.
If more DNA evidence were still available for testing who is to say how the appeal would go?
The Knox camp has also not been able to prove Amanda was innocent of fingering the wrong man at the start of the Meredith Kercher trial four years ago, when she attempted to see an innocent man go down for the brutal crime by making allegations that were later proved false. And Knox’s efforts to slander the Italian police, saying they abused her also resulted in a conviction against the murderer of Meredith Kercher as well. That convictions not been overturned either.
Stephanie Kercher hopes that the media and the public will take a long hard look at what the court evidence says about the case and not forget the victim, nor the justice that Meredith got — once — and is now threatened to be undone by clever defense lawyers and a public media campaign.
“Can we just remember for a moment what this case is actually about; my sister, a daughter brutally and selfishly taken from us nearing four years ago.”