According to The Associated Press, a Florence appeals court has begun deliberations in the third murder trial of US student Amanda Knox, 26, in the obvious absence Knox herself, largely because she is safely at home in her native country.
The court entered chambers at 1015 hours on Thursday morning (January 30), with the last round of rebuttals by Knox's defense team closing four months of arguments in the third trial for the brutal 2007 murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, 21.
COMMENT: Although Knox awaited the verdict half-a-world away in the safety of her hometown of Seattle, WA, her co-defendant and ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, appeared in the Florence court.
A verdict is expected later today.
I urge our readers who know only of tabloid celebrity Amanda Knox's side of the story, to go to the below website for some perspective:
Unlike Meredith Kircher, 21, Amanda Knox, 26, can comfortably look forward to a long, fruitful life thanks to the pro-defendant criminal justice system in Italy.
The Kircher family, sadly, has been denied justice and will never have final peace.
For a much different perspective, please see John Kircher's April 2012 book, MEREDITH: OUR DAUGHTER'S MURDER AND THE HEARTBREAKING QUEST FOR THE TRUTH. Mr. Kircher's book includes free shipping anywhere in the world.