Joe Cottonwood (joecot) Sat 17 Sep 11 13:20
I wish I'd known about this topic when it was on-going. Just found it today. I'm one of the American "journalists" to be accused of slander by the prosecutor, Mignini. As a result, I can never return to Italy. Thanks, Candace, for an interesting discussion here.
Gail Williams (gail) Sun 18 Sep 11 11:00
Wow. For what article, if I may ask, Joe?
Joe Cottonwood (joecot) Sun 18 Sep 11 12:30
I never wrote an article. I wrote an email. I had no idea what I was getting into. In 2009 I did a book promotion tour in Italy and made friends with an Italian journalist. After I returned to the states, he'd send me an occasional email asking puffball questions such as "What's the one book you'd want on a desert island?" I'd whip off an answer; he'd combine it with similar answers from other writers, and he'd write an article for an Italian newspaper or magazine. He got an easy article; I got a little publicity. I didn't think much about it. One day he asked me to comment on any Italian legal case of my choosing. The only Italian legal case I was even aware of was the Amanda Knox case. So I casually let fly with my opinion of Mignini. I called him an "intellectual bully" among other things. I compared his persecution of an American college student to the persecution of black people in the USA. Then I forgot about it. A few weeks later I was contacted by CBS News asking why I was being indicted in Italy. I said I have no idea, but I'll get back to you. The journalist had printed my email, translated but unfiltered. He, like me, was amazed at the firestorm it created. Naive on my part, unprofessional on his part. Doug Preston is leading the fight to get our names cleared. I doubt if he'll succeed. Meanwhile, I just stay the hell out of Italy, which isn't difficult since I'm not a world traveler. The book tour was my one and only visit to Europe. I get amazing hate mail from Italy and England, both. There's a posse of Amanda-haters who run an organized bullying campaign on the internet.
Mark McDonough (mcdee) Mon 19 Sep 11 06:48
Sorry to hear about your troubles. Interesting to hear about the organized Amanda-haters.
Joe Cottonwood (joecot) Mon 19 Sep 11 13:38
I shouldn't credit them with too much organization. There are a couple of anti-Amanda bloggers who know how to pull their strings.
Mark McDonough (mcdee) Mon 19 Sep 11 19:13
Based on my reading about the case - which admittedly has mostly consisted of following it in the British papers - she may or may not be an angel, but they didn't come close to proving that she killed anyone. Sounds to me like she probably didn't.
Lisa Harris (lrph) Mon 3 Oct 11 13:12
And, as of today, she is a free woman. From The CNN Breaking News email I received: "An Italian jury has overturned American student Amanda Knox's murder conviction in the 2007 death of her British college roommate Meredith Kercher. Knox, who will now be freed, was led from the courtroom in tears. Knox's co-defendant, Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, also had his conviction for murder overturned. Kercher was found semi-naked with her throat slashed in a villa she and Knox shared in the central Italian university town of Perugia. Knox and Sollecito's appeal focused largely on DNA evidence found on a knife and on a bra clasp belonging to the victim. Prosecutors and police said Kercher's genetic material was on the blade and Knox's was on the handle, and that Kercher's bra clasp found at the crime scene had Sollecito's DNA. Defense lawyers and independent experts argued strenuously during the appeal that the DNA testing process was badly flawed and the results should be in admissible."
Gail Williams (gail) Mon 3 Oct 11 18:19
Thanks. Whew. There's a story about this at Salon that is supposed to point up that our justice system is as messed up as Italy's but in different ways. http://life.salon.com/2011/10/03/amanda_knox_italy/ "Amanda Knoxs perverse luck" is the somewhat off-base title.
Mark McDonough (mcdee) Mon 3 Oct 11 19:07
One thing you can say about the U.S. justice system - the odds of our falsely convicting an articulate, attractive, and reasonably affluent young white woman are almost zero!
Gary Greenberg (gberg) Tue 4 Oct 11 03:18
Unless she's into sex or drugs, or gay, or otherwise demonizable, in which case all bets are off.
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