Trial: Further Expert Examinations Denied - The Report From Nick Pisa
Posted by Peter Quennell
Excerpts from Nick Pisa’s report in the UK’s Daily Mail.
A judge last night rejected defence requests for an independent review of evidence in the Meredith Kercher murder case.
The decision means that a verdict in the trial will come by early December as an independent review could have taken up to a month delaying the decision….
Yesterday lawyers for Knox and Sollecito argued that the review should be held because of errors in the police investigation and the way evidence was collected.
Key to the case is a 30cm black handled kitchen knife on which DNA from Knox was found on the handle and that of Meredith on the blade.
Prosecutors say the knife, which was found in the kitchen of Sollecito’s flat, is compatible with the murder weapon - which has never been found.
Knox’s lawyer Carlo Della Vedova said that too many discrepancies had emerged in the examination of the knife by forensic scientists….
Sollecito’s lawyers had also asked for a review of a bloodied bra clasp found at the scene which had his DNA on it.
They pointed out that the clasp had been found during an initial police search in one point and then ‘lost’ for six weeks before being found else where in the room….
Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini had argued that: ‘There is no need for a review as the evidence was gathered in a very professional way by qualified persons.’
In his ruling judge Massei said: ‘The court has heard from several consultants who have brought several elements and which rule out the need for any further proof.’...
As the judge read out his decision Knox, who earlier had been laughing and joking with guards, closed her eyes and looked upwards.
Sollecito rubbed his eyes and was in tears as the decision would seem to indicate the court has already made up its mind over their guilt.
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