Amanda Knox’s Appeal: A Case of Too Little DNA?

Time has just published my latest on the forensic evidence in the Amanda Knox case.

The eight Italians who will decide the fate of Amanda Knox, the American college student who is appealing a 2009 conviction of the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher, won’t officially consider a review of the DNA evidence for more than another month. But they’re unlikely to have missed the news, leaked to an Italian news agency this past week and picked up by newspapers and television, that the investigators have been unable to find enough genetic material on the knife that Knox and her Italian co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito are alleged to have used to stab Kercher in a sex game gone wrong. Nor are the judges and jurors likely to have missed the jousting by lawyers for and against the accused, as both sides rushed to explain what the insufficient DNA evidence might mean for the case.

“If it’s true, it would be positive for the kids,” says Luciano Ghirga, one of Knox’s lawyers, who says he learned of the leak from news accounts. “Then you’d have to look at the analysis that was done during the first trial, which we’ve always sustained was not done properly.” Kercher’s bra clasp, another crucial piece of evidence, was judged to be too rusty to be re-examined.

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