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...]

July Lunatic of the Month ~ Russian Subway Woman

Russian Subway Woman

A young woman waiting for a subway train in Russia this month was caught on tape being robbed of her cell phone. Standing against the wall minding her own business, nose to the phone, a man entered the corridor from the stairwell near where she stood. He glanced behind him and quickly advanced cavalierly and snatched the phone right out of her hands. Whereas her response would not embody the principles of the Sermon on the Mount (read: she did not turn the other cheek), they nevertheless rise to … [Read more...]

Bedeviled by (In)Justice

BishopTutu

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...]


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