Judge in Amanda Knox Verdict : “This Case Consumed Many Lives”

Alessandro Nencini

By Wendy MurrayAlessandro Nencini, the presiding judge in the recent guilty verdict in the case against Amanda Knox, agreed to be interviewed by Italian crime journalist Fiorenza Sarzanini, for Italy's  newspaper, Corriere della Sera. The interview was published two days after Knox was found guilty (along with Raffaele Sollecito) of the 2007  murder of her housemate, Meredith Kercher, and sentenced to 28.6 years in prison. (A third convict, Rudy Guede, is already serving a 16-year prison sen … [Read more...]

Regardless of the Verdict, Amanda Knox Should Pay This Debt


By Wendy MurrayThe guilty verdict on  the murder charge against Amanda Knox was  rendered on Thursday, Jan 30 in Florence. British college student, Meredith Kercher (Knox's housemate) was brutally raped and murdered in the home they shared on Nov. 1,  2007. Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, along with a third party, Rudy Guede, were charged. (Guede is already in prison serving his time.) The case has dragged on for six years as the Italian court system, in its methodical way, inches … [Read more...]

Another Verdict for Amanda Knox

By Wendy MurrayUpdate:  On January 30, 2014 AmandaKnox was found guilty (along with Raffaele Sollecito) of the 2007  murder of her housemate, Meredith Kercher, and sentenced to 28.6 years in prison. (A third convict, Rudy Guede, is already serving a 16-year prison sentence; Sollecito was sentenced with Knox to 25 years.) This post has been updated to reflect this change of circumstance. Judge Alessandro Nencini will submit an official report within three months of the verdict that explains th … [Read more...]

Unceremoniously Insulted


I have been working these past weeks on a Bible study guide (details forthcoming) and it has been a helpful and vexing exercise. It is difficult to assume the position of spiritual guide (being the author) when you are afflicted with uncertainties of your own and contending with common struggles that have been known to men and women throughout all time. Inevitably, I would be put to the test regarding whatever virtue I was exploring at that point. For example, on a day when I was writing about … [Read more...]

Why We Need Julian Assange

Julian Assange at the center of the storm of our time

 Nancy. Ben. Suzanne. Carol. Chris. Larry. Jon. Aleesha. And Matt. These are the people I have spoken with on my Verizon phone in the past two weeks -- the last two being a representatives from Verizon. I called Aleesha, who referred me to Matt,  to try and determine if my phone number and its associated records was among the tens of millions that have been surveilled by court order by the National Security Agency (NSA). (Aleesha and Matt had no information about it and asked if I was … [Read more...]

The Weight of Mortality

jodi touching glasses

The jury in the trial of Jodi Arias could not come to a consensus about whether or not to sentence her to death for the brutal, rage-filled murder of her one-time boyfriend, Travis Alexander. It was a sordid affair that ended in what jurors, in the verdict phase, determined was a calculated "especially cruel" ambush of Alexander. Arias stabbed Alexander repeatedly as he stood naked in the shower after the two had shared the bed. He died fighting for his life, incurring 27 stab wounds, until … [Read more...]

Bedeviled by (In)Justice


I continue to be fascinated by the unending spate of televised sensational trials, re-trials, detective stories and mysteries “based upon actual events” that account for a robust portion of primetime viewing (myself included). I am wondering if the reason for this fascination resides in the invisible theme that connects these cases: the irrevocable sentiment that “justice must be served.”More surprising, at least for me, is the number of such cases that involve people of a clearly defined and … [Read more...]