Amanda Knox to be freed: "poor black guy" takes the fall?

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Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, have been cleared of guilt in the 2007 murder and sexual assault of British student Meredith Kercher. After an emotional 11-month trial in Perugia, Italy, Knox will be freed and returning to Seattle on Tuesday.

British media and advocates of Kercher's family has been critical of Knox and the "large PR machine" to support the American student's innocence. While many Americans celebrate the verdict, however, a few have voiced surprise about the fact that Knox and Sollecito get to walk free, while Rudy Guede, the Ivorian-born drifter who was sentenced to 16 years in prison for his role in the murder, will remain in behind bars, having exhausted his appeals. 

Guede was convicted on strong DNA evidence including a bloody hand print on a pillow at the crime scene. A troubled youth who dabbled in drugs and dropped in and out of school, Guede was found guilty of murder in 2008 after judges found his story to be improbable

However, Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini also charged that Knox tried to pin the murder on Guede, who was accused of murdering Kercher while Sollecito pinned her down. 

"You wanted to make a pact of steel and blame it all on the black guy," he said. "[Knox and Sollecito] covered their tracks well. The poor black guy will pay for everyone."

On Twitter, people expressed dismay that Guede would remain in jail: 

"The moral of the Amanda Knox story is that white women get the benefit of the doubt and black men don't," tweeted @Catf1sh.

"Amanda Knox is freed. A less wealthy black man made exactly the same appeals to the court for a re-trial is ignored," wrote @LastDanceLondon

"I can't believe they released Amanda Knox. It's always the same. The black guy stays in prison while the two rich white kids get to go home," tweeted @MarkONeill.

At the time, Knox tried to blame the murder on a Congolese barman, Patrick 'Diya' Lumumba, who was later found to have a rock-solid alibi and presumed innocent. He is seeking compensation after negative publicity over the Kercher murder forced him to shut down his pub. 

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Comments

Rudy's semen was inside

Rudy's semen was inside Meredith, his feces was in the toilet, and he had fled the country.  He was not tried under the same case, nor with the same evidence as Knox.  I suggest you be more careful with your words, and do more research next time you write a story

source?

Thanks for your comment, but could you please provide a reliable source about the evidence you mention regarding Rudy? I found that his DNA was in the victim's room and bathroom (and Knox' DNA was on the knife), but there are only a few reports on Huffington Post and other U.S. news sites that talk about the evidence you mention. There is a big difference in coverage between the U.S. and Europe, and U.K. news especially has been more scrutinizing of Knox' involvement in the case, noting her criminal record prior to coming to Italy.

Racism in Italy

@obvious...you "obviously" have never even been to Italy or at least have never seen the country through a black person's eyes. They are SO racist toward blacks. I'm not even dark-skin and it makes me so uncomfortable the kinds of treatment black people go through over there, it's really blatant, not even trying to hide it. So, no, I'm not surprised at all that this Rudy guy (who is probably guilty, but there is NO WAY he was acting alone. Amanda Knox was behind this) is the only one who will rot behind bars while the pretty girl is let go. What if Amanda were ugly? They say she is an angel, blah blah, but I remember reading this in 2007 and she seemed very guilty. Anyway read this, you should know that black people have it rough everywhere but especially in Italy http://hipsquare.wordpress.com/2008/10/03/is-italy-racist/

sad...

It is sad that you think race had anything to do with this. Amanda and her bf were ALSO found guilty for 25 and 26 years. If this was America she would have never even been in jail one day. The court was fair and they found that she was not even there when the girl was killed. Anyway the city's reputation is ruined. All the foreign students doing drugs and parties makes people not respect it any more. 

Response to the race conspiracy mob

Perhaps in this case, based on the evidence, a black man was actually guilty of the crime while the white people, due to a lack of evidence, were innocent.  Make sense?

The fact that the prosecutor was trying to play a race card was utterly disgusting (like the rest of you race conspiracy folk).  His underlying logic was as follows:  one should not acquit a white person of a crime because a black person was found guilty.  To imply an acquital by the jury would be akin to condoning racism is insulting.  It reeks of putting political correctness ahead of due process, excuplatory evidence, and common sense.

Almost as offensive was his totally unsubstantiated theories of satianc orgies and sex-games-gone-bad.  Without proof, these motives are almost as likely as alien mind control, demonic possession, or pot-induced rage.

 

real journalism

Anyone who wants to learn background facts about the case, as opposed to this superficial nonsense, should read some of the articles available on http://www.guardian.co.uk/ which might also provide Ms Uechi with a lesson in real journalism.

amanda

This little........racist tried to pin the entire murder on TWO black men. One of the men was able to extricate himself but the other took the fal for everything.......this is outrageous!It reminds one of another country called America where the cry "the black man did it" still hold water while child murderers like Ms. Anthony walk free and are rewarded with riches for their trouble.

Jesus and the truth

Two white women off from murder in only a few months apart one a child killer(Anthony) an the other a sex crazed slasher (knox). But a black man excuted last week in America with no evidence to killing a cop(Troy Davis) an this man who may had just meet these people an caught all the charges (Guede) Reminds me of a lil story of a man named Jesus Christ who also was lied on an sent to the cross im pretty sure he's black after seeing how those our the ones dieing only off accusations an not the total truth.

Obvious

juechi wrote:

Thanks for your comment, but could you please provide a reliable source about the evidence you mention regarding Rudy? I found that his DNA was in the victim's room and bathroom (and Knox' DNA was on the knife), but there are only a few reports on Huffington Post and other U.S. news sites that talk about the evidence you mention. There is a big difference in coverage between the U.S. and Europe, and U.K. news especially has been more scrutinizing of Knox' involvement in the case, noting her criminal record prior to coming to Italy.

 

You obviously haven't looked very hard.  Guede had a well documented criminal history before the murder.  This is why they had his DNA on file.  It is also stated in the Italian court decision his semen was found inside Meredith.  I'm not sure what cirminal record you are referring to regarding KNox.

Durrrhh

Wow, what a coincidence, black men, who are the most violent, sex obsessed bipeds on the planet are shown to be the most violent sex obsessed bipeds everywhere they go (on the planet). What a surprise. Reality just happens to be racist, ya know? People basing stereotypes on years of behavior, observing reality and empirical data is just wrong. I mean if we can't judge every single black person, scorpion, viper and feral dog as individuals who may or may not be dangerous, what has this world come to?  

Racist Comment

Durrh, no people like you, who deem to put a entire race of people in the same negative boat to satisfy that racist mentality is the real danger world wide, regardless of race for we all can point fingers to many horrors committed world wide by whites as well as blacks. Wrong is wrong, regardless of who does it. Whether this black guy is guilty or not, it is quite obvious that he was not afforded the same judicial fairness and publicity that Amanda and her white boy friend was,  it was like 1,2,3 you are out, slam goes the prison doors, end of story. Italy is living up to it's racist reputation, without question, regardless of who likes it, for it is as it is, and this is it!

I am black and some of what

I am black and some of what is being said really hurts my feelings; quite badly.  It hurts to know that this is how my fellow humans view me.  Yet, many of the people saying that race does not matter, are the ones saying the most hateful things. Just take a look at the toxic words and tell me with a straight face that racisim is dead.