Friday, December 4, 2009

Clem's Chronicles:Amanda Knox

AMANDA KNOX VERDICT-Stunning news out of an Italian courtroom earlier this evening. A jury in Italy has convicted American college student Amanda Knox of murdering her British roommate and sentenced her to 26 years in prison. Her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was also convicted and sentenced to 25 years after midnight Saturday. The 22-year-old Knox and 25-year-old Sollecito were charged with murder and sexual assault in the slaying of Meredith Kercher more than two years ago.Elizabeth Vargas was there in Perugia, Italy and reported for WORLD NEWS. Vargas: “The jury deliberated nearly 11 hours before giving its verdict tonight….as the verdict was read, a crowd outside the courtroom burst into cheers. Inside the courtroom, Amanda Knox and her family began to sob.” Vargas tells us that Knox’s family “does plan to appeal this guilty verdict and of course the sentence of 26 years.” Gibson asked Vargas about the Italian justice system and if the 26 year sentence was “hard and fast…or is there a chance for an earlier release?” Vargas: “There is the chance of parole. There is also the chance that the U.S. government may work out a deal where she can serve that sentence here in the United States. But that would have to be with an agreement that she serve the entire sentence.”