Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Chief Enforcer Of The Constitution And The Rule Of Law is Wildly Popular Throughout Italy

Posted by Peter Quennell

President Giorgio Napolitano’s popularity rating is at 80% and rising. In sharp contrast, Prime Minister Berlusconi’s is at 30% and falling

Italians invariably take their constitution and their justice system very seriously and they have good reason to be proud of those institutions. Although the President’s daily duties are mostly ceremonial David Willey of the BBC explains his very key powers in those areas.

He is the person who has to appoint a new prime minister every time there is a government crisis. And he is the guarantor of Italy’s constitution, hammered out immediately after World War II by the founding fathers of the republic following two decades of Fascist rule.

He is said to receive dozens of petitions a day and in certain cases he does act to get things done. Significantly, two that he chose to ignore recently concerned the ongoing Sollecito-Knox appeal process.

Of two pretty blatant attempts to bias the Perugia process, one came from Joel Simon of the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists, and one came from the junior Berlusconi-party MP Rocco Girlanda.

President Giorgio Napolitano simply ignored both of them.

The Italian prime minister also seems to be sitting this one out, as the painstaking process of justice for Meredith rolls on.


Posted by Peter Quennell on 07/12/11 at 03:52 PM in Trials 2008 & 2009The wider contextsItalian system

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Sometimes it is easy to lose focus on the actual events surrounding the murder of Meredith Kercher. I just revisited the site ‘Lies our mothers told us.’ This is an excellent site and does not mince words. In particular the section called ‘Eyes for lies’

It is important to remember just what went on during that night for it is easy to cloud the issue and lose focus upon the little details such as the bruising on Merediths body, the sadistic strangulation, the defensive wounds on Merediths hands when she tried to stop these sadists from making the small cuts on her neck before the fatal wound.

‘Lies our mothers told us’ debunks the lone perpetrator as well and points out why such an idea is impossible.

This is why, for me, Georgio Napolitano gives hope that these FOA denyers of the truth will be given short shrift and true justice for Meredith Kercher will prevail.

sincerely Grahame Rhodes

Posted by Grahame Rhodes on 07/12/11 at 04:58 PM | #

Thank you, President Napolitano, for treating the petitions from CPJ and Rocco Ghirlanda with the discretion of silence. The President looks like a noble and cultured man.
here are 4 more verses for Meredith

She came from pastures brimming sweet
With love and laughter laid,
All full of green and flowers white
And gold in blooms of red.

No limit keeps her heart unsworn
To love and loyal kiss.
No moonbeams brighten on her face
So far above in bliss.

So swings her sweeter, louder love,
Her heart on fire with right.
We’ll never stop until she’s draped
In garlands from the fight

To make earth pay for items torn
Away by careless hands.
Unseen her virtue goes on stage.
Unseen her love commands.

Posted by Hopeful on 07/13/11 at 12:43 AM | #

Hopeful, I agree: President Napolitano looks more like a poet and a scholar than a politician. I am glad to hear he is ignoring petitions for interference in Meredith’s murder trial. It bespeaks great confidence in the country’s judiciary.

Hopeful, your verses are beautiful, and seem to me to capture something of the spirit shown in the pictures to the left. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Earthling on 07/13/11 at 07:01 PM | #

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