Amanda Knox going to prison

Amanda Knox trial: Murder conviction upheld in appeals court in Florence.

Amanda Knox


BREAKING NEWS: Amanda Knox has been found guilty by an Italian court for the 2007 death of Meredith Kercher. The judge sentenced Knox to 28 years and six months in prison. Her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years. Italian appeals court upheld the initial conviction.

The court reinstated the guilty verdict first handed down against Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in 2009. The verdict had been overturned in 2011 and the pair freed from prison, but Italy’s supreme court vacated that decision and sent the case back for a third trial in Florence.



Nancy Grace Delivers Reliably Bonkers Coverage Of Jodi Arias Trial

Nancy Grace Delivers Reliably Bonkers Coverage Of Jodi Arias Trial

English: Nancy Grace at her book party for her...

Nancy Grace 

With the Jodi Arias trial reaching its climactic moment on Wednesday, the eyes of the nation turned, as they always do, to Nancy Grace.

The HLN anchor has always been controversial for her deeply emotional, over-the-top style, but she is never less than compulsively watchable. As the verdict in the trial was announced, Grace’s name was trending higher than Arias herself.

And with good reason. Grace was her usual out-there self, barking out stemwinder after stemwinder as she waited for the verdict to be handed down.

At one point, she went on a long monologue about murder victim Travis Alexander, choking up as she lingered over an image of his “decomposing” body and speculating about how any mothers watching might be feeling if their son was murdered. (Hint: they’d be sad.)

As the verdict approached, Grace began getting increasingly agitated:

After Arias was found guilty, Grace choked up again, and she took on a cadence previously seen when Walter Cronkite talked about the Kennedy assassination.

“There is a verdict,” she said dramatically. “Guilty on murder one.”


– ed note ”Nancy is no Cronkite”




Jodi Arias Guilty of first-degree murder in death of Travis Alexander

Jodi Arias Guilty of first-degree murder in death of Travis Alexander.

McDonald’s won’t be in touch with Jodi Arias.

Jodi Arias, a 32-year-old small-town waitress and aspiring photographer,  was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday afternoon in the slaying of her on-again, off-again boyfriend Travis Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home in June 2008.

The jury got the case last Friday and deliberated all day Monday and Tuesday before returning its verdict. The trial began in early January.

Tears welled in Arias’ eyes as the jury read their verdict.

The media was notified at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time that a verdict had been reached.

Arias claimed she killed Alexander, a motivational speaker and salesman for a legal services company, in self-defense. But prosecutors insisted it was an act of first-degree murder that could bring the death penalty. The jury also had the option to convict Arias of second-degree murder or manslaughter.

Authorities say Arias planned the attack on Alexander after he wanted to end their relationship and he prepared for a trip to Mexico with another woman. Alexander suffered nearly 30 knife wounds, was shot in the head, and had his throat slit. Arias’ palm print was found in blood at the scene, along with nude photos of her and the victim from the day of the killing.

Arias initially denied any involvement, and then later blamed the killing on masked intruders. Two years after her arrest, she changed her story, saying she killed Alexander in self-defense when he attacked her after a day of sex. She and her defense lawyers have sought to portray Alexander as an abusive womanizer and sexual deviant.

The trial became a tabloid and cable TV sensation with its graphic tales of sex and lies and has attracted spectators from around the country who line up as early as 2 a.m. for a chance to score a few open seats in the courtroom. Arias testified for 18 days about every aspect of her sex life with Alexander, many of the details X-rated in nature.

Arias wept and looked away from jurors last Thursday as prosecutor Juan Martinez concluded closing arguments by displaying a gruesome photo of Alexander’s back, covered in stab wounds, while describing her as a manipulative liar who meticulously planned the savage attack.

In closing arguments, Arias’ lawyer implored the jury to take an impartial view of his client.

Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi told the jury: “It’s not about whether or not you like Jodi Arias. Nine days out of 10, I don’t like Jodi Arias. … But that doesn’t matter.”

Nurmi said the case can be summed up with the words “fear, sex, lies and dirty little secrets.” Arias faces a potential death sentence or life in prison, with or without the chance of parole.

The sentencing phase of the trial will begin Thursday with the same panel deciding whether the killing was committed in an especially cruel, heinous and depraved manner.