December 4th, 2009
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/04/09

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Tonight on 360°, an American convicted of murder in Italy. Friends and family of Amanda Knox speak out. Hear why they're outraged at the jury's decision. Plus, another mistake uncovered in the Maurice Clemmons case. He's the man who shot to death four cops in Washington State. And, Hillary Clinton talks about her role – Mother of the Bride.

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  1. Adrienne

    Amanada Knox is innocent. I'm certain of it. There is no evidence that she was present at the scene. The prosecutor jumped the gun in declaring that he had solved the case and thereafter had to save face. He did something similar in a previous case for which he is now under indictment and facing trial himself for abuse of his position. Read "The Monster of Florence" by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi for an understanding of what happened here.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  2. starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Mike formerly from Syracuse

    According to reports the jury is Not sequestered. They went home every night to see the news on the case and read the newspapers.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  3. Maureen

    She & her x boyfriend are obviously innocent. Can Clinton or Obama get her out?

    December 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  4. Jana, Georgia

    I am afraid Amanda might have been involved somehow.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  5. Brad Cole

    I feel absolutely sick about the Amanda Knox verdict. How can I help? Is there a defense fund to which I can contribute? This is an outrage !!!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  6. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Erica, Isabel, everyone. Happy Friday everyone.

    @Isabel that pt is overlooked, these young people's lives torn apart.

    Where was she in the house when the crime was committed, where does she testify she was? What does she say about what she knows about the crime being committed.

    Evidence questions are taken up on appeal in Italian courts? Does that mean questions about evidence are not resolved in the first trial?

    I learned that the jury was not sequestered during this trial. How do Italian courts compensate for possible bias due to media coverage? US courts have change of venue.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  7. Steve (Virginia)

    If you consider all of the stories out there, it seems at least plausible that Knox either committed the murder or was there when it was committed. Apparently, "plausible" convicts in Italy...thankfully not here in USA..

    December 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  8. Katie

    I am from Seattle and I have been following this case from the begining. Just because the Italian justice system is much harder does not mean that we should keep thwowing up the fact that she is in an American to cop her out of her evil doings. Knox was found guilty because she is guilty not because she is an American. Lets not look for excuses for this woman. SHE IS GUILTY!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  9. Tammy

    Hi Anderson

    I do not feel she is guilty. The evidence does not point to her. Of course her DNA is going to be there, she lived there. I say let her out and come back to America.

    Free Amanda to the USA

    December 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  10. Jenny

    I have heard of political figures such as Governor Bill Richardson who helped bring home convicted Americans in other countries. I wonder if the same can be done for Knox. I wonder if the US can do anything to get her out like Mr. Richardson did for those other women.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  11. Soky Torruellas

    My heart goes out to both families. Amanda has the full support of her family and right now, that's her lifeline.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  12. melissa

    I have been following the case, it seems she was railroaded. Rudy was convicted-he confessed and even said Amanda wasn't there, yet that wasn't enough.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  13. Anne

    There simply wasn't enough evidence to convict Amanda Knox. She very well could be innocent, and that is what makes this situation so sad and upsetting. There are others who have also been wrongly convicted and are in prison. I pray for justice to be served for her when this case is appealed.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  14. Saro Rizzo

    Why did Amanda initially point the blame at an innocent older black man, Patrick Diya Lumumba. He was arrested then later released when it was proved he wasn't there. Innocent people do not blame other people for murder.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  15. Roxanne Warren

    *****You will never convince me that Amanda Knox is guilty. Exhaustion and sleep deprivation of prison life, which are effective in yielding confessions, never once caused her to say she did it! A cop killer (Maurice Clemmons) can fall through the cracks for years, and a student traveling abroad wrong place wrong time treated far far worse.
    I once wanted to go to Italy now no way............

    December 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  16. Jacqueline Butler

    Could it be that a citizen of Perugia is guilty of the crime and is being protected by the powers that be. I suggest that US citizens protest this unjust verdict by boycotting imports from Perugia until a more fair trial is conducted.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  17. Emily

    I hope that it doesn't ruin her family any more than it already has ~ thus far sounds like financially!

    She sounds like she has a very supportive family.
    We should all be so lucky!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  18. Kent Crothers

    Hi I feel this young american who was found guilty In Italy i feel that
    she is totally innocent. I feel that americans are very much subject
    problems that foreign countries have. I feel this case should be dropped at once.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  19. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    She must have thought that she was going to get off because she is an American because she didn't look very worried in court. I wonder how she got a French braid done in prison.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  20. mairead crabb

    I have followed the knox case from the very beginning. She changed her story several times, first she was in the next room and heard the scream, then another time she said she wasn't in the house at the time but dreamt of the scream of the victim. She blamed a barman as the guy who killed the victim and he wasn't even there. Why doesn't CNN give a brief summary of what her former boyfriend had to say as well as the black guy who pleaded guilty. There is always a first time for anybody to commit a crime and I believe from what I read that Amanda, her boyfriend and the black guy who raped the victim were high on pot or whatever other substance they took. Lets not forget the poor unfortunate victim, Meredith, who was held against her will whilst she was raped by one party and had her throat slit by others, and by the evidence given it was Amanda and the boyfriend.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  21. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Someone murdered that girl. If not Knox and her friends, then who? It happened in her apartment.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  22. allise

    If there were enough upset in America—over the guilt verdict and what seems to be lack of evidence and probable cause—is there a forum for the US to try and defend Amanda in her appeal?

    December 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  23. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! Happy Friday.
    The verdict coverage seems to suggest the media convicted Amanda Knox. It would be interesting to hear exactly why the jury decided she was guilty.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  24. Lori

    What are the Italian laws regarding parole? Could she be eligible for it in 13 years?

    December 4, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  25. Rita

    I feel terrible for the Kercher, Sollecito and Knox families for the whole ordeal. Hopefully the Kercher family can get some peace from the fact that this trial is over.

    However, some of Amanda's actions have been odd. She is presented by her family to be naive and sweet, however she accused an innocent man of going into Meredith's room that night; Patrick Lumumba, who was jailed and later completely vindicated. Why would she do that? Why has her account of that night's events changed so many times? We can't fault the jury for having some doubts about her innocence, any jury would have.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  26. matt.b san bernardino,ca

    Anderson,whats very odd is the guy who raped the girl got 30years and Amanda who supposedly killed the girl got 26years,you would think the killer would get more years,plus the prosecutor is'nt the honest one italy....! Americans think twice about going to italy

    December 4, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  27. Emily

    @Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    "They are all so young ..."

    indeed! (and also, I'm now so old!)

    December 4, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  28. Cessy, Chicago IL

    What a horrible nightmare for Amanda's parents!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  29. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Lets not forget theres a dead young lady with a mother and father that will never see there kid again Ms. Knox still lives and will be seen.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  30. starr, formerly known as vincent


    I don't know any facts on this case either. Perhaps Anderson and his team can get more detailed information for us.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  31. Patty A Banks Palmdale,CA

    I knew it!..small town, the jury not sequestered and i said last night, she should not have been smirking & smilng, in that courtroom!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  32. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Greetings to All! I don't see how in the world they could convict Amanda Knox with no DNA in the room where the murder was committed. Surely there would be some trace of her being in there.I hope her family gets the appeal they deserve.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  33. Joan

    What a tragedy.
    Could Amanda Knox and her BF been smoking skunkweed that night?
    Why didn't the Italian police drug test them?
    A drug test could have explained a lot.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  34. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    This is a sad case around.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  35. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    She really has an angelic face

    December 4, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  36. Emily

    I'm not surprised that Amanda Knox was found guilty!

    The Italian judicial system is an Inquisitorial one, not a Common Law one like here & England, where the victim was from.

    Even your lawyer is "investigating" you in an inquisitorial system!
    Such a different system....perhaps a reason as to 'why' it's so hard to wrap mind around the verdict.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  37. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    When there are parents who worry, you must have the maturity to be responsible for their actions. Freedom can not be associated with that everything is possible.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  38. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    They are all so young ...

    December 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  39. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Does Italian law sequester the jury from the media and press coverage like in the US?

    December 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  40. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson, Erica & entire Team 360.

    Good evening fellow bloggers.

    This Knox verdict was exactly what i thougt might happen. I wish we knew more facts. If she is innocent, this is tragic.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Cessy, Chicago IL

    A sad night for the Knox family. Prayers for her and her family.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    I don’t know very well the details of the crime: there is a reason for murder? Or is there still a reason as an explanation?

    December 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    We have to respect the court systems of other countries the same way we ask them to respect ours. I don't happen to believe Knox is so innocent.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    I don't know what to think about Amanda Knox. It's sad that the lives of young people were torn apart this way.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Emily

    Good Evening Anderson, Erica, Megan, Martina, and Bloggers!

    Happy Friday!!! 🙂

    December 4, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  46. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    T.G.I.F.Anderson and Erica.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Cessy, Chicago IL

    good evening, Anderson! What a busy friday!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good evening Anderson, David((Indiana), friends and bloggers!

    Happy Friday!!!!!!!!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  49. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and all bloggers. Happy Friday. Lots of interesting news as usual. I don't know what to think about Amanda Knox. It seems like there wasn't much solid evidence against her.

    December 4, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    December 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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