The real Amanda
case against Knox has so many holes in it, and is so tied to the career
of a powerful Italian prosecutor who is under indictment for
professional misconduct, that any fair-minded jury would have thrown it
out months ago."
columnist Timothy Egan (Note: On January 22, 2010, the prosecutor to
whom Egan refers, Giuliano Mignini, was convicted of abusing his
authority and sentenced to 16 months in prison. He remains free pending
|Click here to visit www.injusticeinperugia.org. This site provides detailed, up-to-date information and a discussion board. It is part of a wave of activism that continues to build in support of Amanda and Raffaele. This wave is spontaneous, it is not under the control of any individual or agency, and it will not subside until Amanda and Raffaele are free and exonerated of all charges.
|Many people have asked how
they can help Amanda and her family. One way is by expressing support
for Amanda in emails and letters to the the public officials whose contact
information is given below. Another way to help is by contributing
to the Amanda Defense Fund at this link.
note that Friends of Amanda is a volunteer effort that receives no
funding from the Amanda Defense Fund or from any other source.
How to reach Amanda
You can write to Amanda at the following address:
circondariale "Capanne" di Perugia
Amanda appreciates the letters of support she is getting, but
she gets so much mail she may not be able to respond.
Make your voice heard!
A growing, worldwide network has formed to support Amanda and Raffaele
and their families. You can get involved and stay informed by joining
Internet forums, including:
– The members' forum at injusticeinperugia.org
– United for Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito on Facebook
– The Free Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito cause on Facebook
American supporters can also help by thanking Senator
Maria Cantwell for taking a stand on behalf of Amanda, and by asking
your senators and congressional representatives, as well as the US State
Department and President Obama, to support Amanda and her family in
their ongoing struggle. The best way to contact
these officials is by email. We suggest a short note with
header of "Thank you for
Knox" for Senator Cantwell, and "Please support Amanda Knox"
for other officials and for the State Department. For the email form on
the White House website, we suggest you choose "I have a policy comment"
and mention your support for Amanda Knox in the first sentence of your
You can also help by writing the Italian Ambassador to the US at the
Ambassador of Italy to the United States of America
EMBASSY OF ITALY IN THE UNITED STATES
3000 Whitehaven Street, NW - Washington, DC 20008
Click here for a list of US Senators with
contact information for each of them.
Click here to email Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
or use the
Honorable Maria Cantwell
Senate Office Building
here to email Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) or use
Honorable Patty Murray
Senate Office Building
here to email the President
or use the following:
Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Click here to email the US State
use the following:
Department of State
"A railroad job from hell"
That is how Paul Ciolino, a top-rated private
described the case against Amanda Knox on the CBS program 48 Hours.
Ciolino to investigate the charges against Amanda, a college student
Seattle who is accused of
killing her housemate in Perugia, Italy.
He traveled to Perugia, performed a thorough investigation,
and determined that Amanda is clearly
innocent. But she has been in prison for over two years and
now been convicted of a murder she did not commit, all because the
authorities will not admit they
made a mistake.
The case in a nutshell
Kercher, a British student living in Perugia, Italy, was
murdered on the night of November 1, 2007. The crime involved
sexual assault and a struggle that left behind DNA, bloody shoe prints,
and bloody fingerprints, all belonging to one man — Rudy
Guede fled the country after the murder. He was
down, arrested, and brought back to Italy. In 2008, he was
convicted of murder after choosing an abbreviated trial, and he has
been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Guede, and Guede alone, is responsible for Meredith's tragic death.
it took many days to analyze forensic evidence and
identify Guede from police fingerprint records. The
were under intense pressure to solve the crime immediately and put the
citizens of Perugia at ease. So they jumped the gun.
they knew about Guede, they arrested three innocent people:
On the day of these arrests, the authorities publicly
announced an extraordinary conclusion — that this trio had
murdered Meredith because she refused to join them
- Amanda, who was Meredith's housemate
- Raffaele Sollecito, who was
- Patrick Lumumba, who ran a bar where Amanda
was released after about two weeks because he had an airtight alibi.
But the authorities did not reconsider their basic theory
Lumumba could not have been involved. Instead, they merely
substituted Guede for Lumumba as the third participant.
The problem with this
theory is twofold.
it is pure speculation.
Amanda and Raffaele have never
the slightest tendency toward violence or sexual aggression, nor have
they ever been involved in group sex, nor is
there evidence of a relationship between them and
Everyone agrees this murder
a violent struggle. That is why Guede left so much physical
evidence in his wake. But Amanda and Raffaele left none of
physical evidence one would expect if they had been involved in
the crime. The few traces the police have
come up with
are so weak and ambiguous they prove nothing of importance and should
place in a fair trial.
there is no real evidence
than one person assaulted Meredith Kercher, or that Amanda and Raffaele
were present when it happened.
here to read more about the
case and the evidence.
Wrongful prosecution happens all over the
world, often when police and
prosecutors take a public stance that later proves
unsupportable. That is what has happened in this case.
The authorities got out ahead of the evidence, they announced
that they had solved the crime, and now they refuse to admit they were
fundamentally wrong in their initial assessment. The plain
truth is that Amanda Knox and Raffaele
Sollecito had no reason to
wish Meredith harm, and neither was present when she was murdered.
They are innocent.
Who we are
Friends of Amanda is a group of people who recognize that Amanda is
innocent. We are not affiliated
with her family, and no one is paying us. We simply want to