This post presupposes that you do have an open mind in this matter. Developments on the allegations that Judge Nencini, in the Knox/Sollecito appeal, illegally gave interviews after the verdict:
§ Judge Nencini is one of those investigating Forza Italia [Berlusconi] for bribes for contracts for Florence’s high speed rail link.
§ Making the complaints were both defence counsels Bongiorno and Maori and three or four lay members of the Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM) under Art. 6 of the CMS rules. These lay members are members of the political party “Forza Italia” [Berlusconi].
§ Florence Prosecution are also investigating Giulia Bongiorno [Sollecito counsel] for possible bribes offered to the colleagues of the mafiosi witness Aviello, also being investigated as the origin of false accusations of crimes in Sollecito’s book.
§ It is she, along with the Knox counsel who gave this to the Mail and other papers, alleging a “series of interviews”, when it was comments in the corridor, also done by both the first trial judges and the annulled appeal judge who released the two. In fact, Judge Hellman of that annulled appeal actually did do interviews away from the court.
§ Nencini is also known as a mafia crime fighter.
§ As a result of the complaints, Justice Minister Annamaria Cancelleri was mandated to order an inquest.
This is why it is quite ill-informed and even malicious for the Mail and Guardian to publish as they did without doing the slightest investigation, which has resulted in a humble blogger [TJMK] being able to find these things out with little difficulty where paid reporters have been unable to.
Essentially, what this trial process has been marred by is not a “joke” justice system but the presence of a quite real, corrupt influence in Italy, the mafiosi and their constant attempts to undermine and compromise investigations into their affairs.
Linked to this is the willingness of the non-Italian press to present only this side of the story. This has little to do with the guilt or innocence in the case itself but with what is, essentially, an ongoing war against the judiciary by elements it’s easy to identify.
The same pattern was used against the first trial prosecutor Mignini with allegations of abuse related to both the Monster of Florence case and Knox’s allegations against Mignini days after her giving of her statement and after these very counsel had been appointed.
Knox compounded the calumny in her book by repeating the allegations when the actuality was far different – this is a translation from the Italian sources which can be confirmed by perusing court records of November 2011:
The Court of Appeal of Florence, Florence stated the lack of territorial jurisdiction with regard to the proceedings against the prosecutor Giuliano Mignini in Perugia and the writer-policeman Michele Giuttari. The Court of Appeal then reversed the sentence at first instance in which in January, 2010 Mignini and Giuttari were convicted to one year and four months, Mignini, and six months, Giuttari, for abuse of their office “in complicity amongst themselves” . This event is related to Perugian investigations related to the monster of Florence.
The Court of Appeals then ordered the transmission of all the documents to the Prosecutor of Turin, [i.e. the trial is now transferred to Turin] due to the presence of a magistrate of Genoa among the plaintiff in the trial of Florence. Mignini was the lead prosecutor in Perugia, who investigated about the doctor Francesco Narducci’s death, which Umbrian Attorney believed related to the events of the Monster of Florence. Giuttari was the policeman who was in charge of the investigation.
The abuse of office for which they were convicted was about investigation carried out on a number of investigative journalists and law enforcement officials, aimed to influence them, because they kept critical attitudes toward the Mignini’s investigation into Narducci’s death, according to the Florence Prosecution.
In 2013, he was finally cleared. Andrea Vogt posted this report.
For those keeping track of the various “sideshows” in the Amanda Knox case, a Turin court Wednesday definitively acquitted Perugia prosecutor Giuliano Mignini of three charges against him in connection to his investigations into the Monster of Florence case. The court shelved another three charges because the statute of limitations had expired. One abuse of office charge involving the wiretapping of a La Stampa journalist will be heard in court on March 18, but its statute of limitations appears to expire just days before, so it is unclear if the case will go forward. None of the matters relate directly to the Amanda Knox case, but they were often referenced by the prosecutor’s detractors.
Instrumental in getting the disinformation to the non-Italian press have been Doug Preston, Knox PR aide David Marriot and Frank Sforza of Perugia. The latter is currently being investigated but the former is hiding out in the US at this time.
The very nature of the overturning of the Mignini conviction by the Turin Court renders the statements of these three plus Amanda Knox herself [irrespective of the 2007 killing] criminal and they are being investigated at this moment, separately, for these libels [calumnia]. Which is diametrically opposite to the stream of disinformation going out to the non-Italian press and upon which so many people’s views of the whole trial process are based.
A glance at the Google rankings on the Monster of Florence matter reveal two sites, Injustice in Perugia and Ground Report, both of whom are also under the investigative spotlight in Italy at this time for taking the line of false information. If your own information on the Knox/Sollecito case has come from either of these sources or from Candace Dempsey, MSNBC, ABC or CNN, then it might be suggested they are dubious at best and unsafe at worst.
What has happened in Italy is that any conviction of mafiosi is accompanied by allegations of this nature against prosecution and judiciary, in a way which does not occur even in corrupt Britain. Somehow, the Knox/Sollecito trials have aligned with the other anti-mafiosi trials in terms of the tactics used and a common factor in such high profile trials is Silvio Berlusconi.
What so many of us in this country fail to understand – and understandably so – is that whereas the State and judiciary combine to perpetrate alleged injustices – Hillsborough, David Kelly, Leveson – over here, in Italy, the judiciary is often investigating the State and bringing MPs to trial, e.g. Berlusconi. Therefore, those attacking the Italian judiciary for doing this are unwittingly aligning themselves with the investigated, corrupt State functionaries.