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December 7th, 2009
09:43 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 12/7/09

U.S. Senator Mary Cantwell is urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to help American college student Amanda Knox, who was convicted of murdering her study abroad roommate in Italy and sentenced to 26 years in prison. Senator Cantwell, who represents Knox’s home state, has issued a statement saying she has profound concerns that Knox has been failed by the Italian justice system.

Also tonight: science, skepticism and allegations of conspiracy. World leaders have gathered in Copenhagen for the United Nations climate summit but leaked emails from an internationally-renowned climate research unit are threatening to overshadow the talks.

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  1. Hope Perez

    Where was her familys defense team and their proof that she is innocent? Why does the US have to intervene? Should we assume Italy is incompetent.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  2. Daniel

    Amanda unfortunately was guilty the minute her stories began to stray. I don't think any judicial system would look past that in any case. I feel sorry for the families of all involved here, but let's not forget the real victim here. And I'm sure if the roles were reversed in this matter, the evidence would be enough to convict Meredith and Americans would be fine with it. Has the family put themselves in the victims family's shoes? Outrageous behavior, different stories, innocent blame, that would place suspicion on anyone in my opinion. I don't believe Amanda and her boyfriend killed Meredith, but I can't help but feel they are somehow involved and hiding something.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  3. Erin

    If they want to limit abortions then they are going to have to plan on opening more jails. For yea.rs we have known that rates of abortion directly correlates with crimes rates. If we want to discuss the most useful ways to use our taxpayer dollars.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  4. Kathleen Williamson

    I am watching all of this news tonight about the Knox verdict. I am an anthropologist as well as a criminal lawyer for over twenty years (prosecution and defense, as well as judicial). I also grew up in Bensonhurst
    Brooklyn in the 70s. I experienced there an Italian immigrant culture that was chauvinistic and men that saw young American girls as being loose tramps. It seems to me that that lense hasn't changed much and that Ms.Knox is prejudiced by that culture.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  5. Sylvia - Toronto, Canada

    A false confession and her DNA on the blade – there is something fishy about this case – but there you Americans go again!!!. Ignorant about the rest of the world. The Italian system is what it is and Americans should have no intervention in this case. We have to wait for the Appeal and see what happens.

    Regarding the health care reform and abortion – answer me this question!!! Why are Repubicans so much against abortion but are so much in favor of sending young men to war who can be and are killed???????What a contradiction!

    December 7, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  6. Michelle

    Anyone unlucky enough to get that corrupt lawyer Mignini are in trouble. He's facing charges of corruption in regards to another law case that he was in. He additionally tried to charge an American author (visiting Italy for research) for a serial murder crime of 20 years ago. Giuliano Mignini needs to be booted into prison before for injustices occur.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  7. Ruth

    They wired tap every phone call in this case and they did not tape the interrogation?

    December 7, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  8. Janice

    Thanks for being objective, Anderson & presenting both sides of this case. I happen to think amanda gopt a fair trial & was rightly found guilty. I wish people would show as much sympathy for the poor victim Meredith as they have for Amanda. Meredith deserves our sympathy; Amanda does not.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  9. Emily

    I can't believe that people Really think that More women would have abortions if its covered by a Health Care System!
    I can't imagine Any women wanting to go through without any thoughts!
    or on a regular basis.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  10. Tami

    should the US help free Amanda Knox...even if we dont know if she did it or not? what if she did do it..who knows?

    December 7, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  11. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    I would like to know why the young lady keep smiling like she is in a parade.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  12. Sandra Holmes

    I don't know if she is guilty or innocent because I'm not a forensic expert but think of 2 things, her trial wasn't quite fair but her behaviour is very odd and suspicious. Americans need to stop obsessing over "anti americanism" An Italian has been convicted as well. British press need to stop printing sensationalism stories and we need to stop using this as an excuse for nation point scoring.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  13. Erin

    If they want to limit abortions then they are going to have to plan on opening more jails. For years we have known that rates of abortion directly correlates with crimes rates.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  14. Anthonia-Bay Area!

    I do not see why abortion is a big deal, people are still going to abort their children if the law passes or not..

    December 7, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  15. Joey, Riverside California

    (Lori) – Good question about Amanda's BF. We don't seem to care, right? Perhaps because he's not American??

    December 7, 2009 at 10:24 pm |
  16. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Abortion, if there is no risk to the mother or the baby is so difficult for me to accept or understand!

    December 7, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  17. Michelle

    I hope that the people who think that Amanda is guilty without any evidence are in a situation themselves where a corrupt and evil attorney denies them justice. That would be justice.

    Amanda is innocent and she should be free.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  18. Joey, Riverside California

    We should all be as objective as Lisa Bloom and Barbie Latza Nadeau. It seems to me that the attention and outrage of the verdict has much to do about Amanda Knox's nationality, and less about her innocense or guilt. If Amanda wasn't an American, would we really care about this verdict?

    December 7, 2009 at 10:22 pm |
  19. Emily

    Great security there at the Abortion Clinic!

    December 7, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  20. Jatovi

    Hello All.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  21. starr, formerly known as vincent

    I'm confused. I keep hearing different accounts of the evidence.
    Especialy the knife?

    Some say that there was absolutely no evidence, others are saying there was abundant evidence.

    I'm hoping the appeals process can clarify "evidence", for guilt or innocence.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  22. Melanie

    I don't know what to think!! Apparently she doesn't have a solid alibi, and there is evidence, but wouldn't Amanda's DNA obviously be in the apartment because she lived there...?

    December 7, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  23. David, Indiana

    @Emily , I agree you have to respect each country's laws, but there is a route of appeal in the Italian courts as we are learning.

    @Isabel, a harsh reality indeed from the time the crime was committed.

    Listening to Barbie Nadeau, one question, didn't the defense argue that the knife produced by the prosecution w/ Amanda Knox's DNA was not the size of the knife that made the stab wounds? Also, wouldn't her DNA be on the knife if she lived in that apartment?

    December 7, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  24. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    IT really seems to me that the one convicted was the one who did it.

    All the evidence points to him.

    Amanda was her friend so her DNA will be there, just like anyone who lived there or came by.

    I think the evidence points to the guy not the friends.

    Ray's law, the simplest answer is the correct one.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  25. Bert van de Flier

    The pictures we saw up till now do not show her in handcuffs, a refreshing sight compared to the way suspects are treated in the US if I have to believe what I usually see on TV.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  26. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    December 7, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  27. Lori

    What evidence is there that Amanda's BF participated in the murder?

    December 7, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  28. Michelle

    Barbie said that there was DNA on the knife of the victim and only 10 cells DNA were found on it which can only estimate a 20% chance that it was Meredith's DNA.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  29. Elan

    I believe that she is guilty. As someone who lived in Europe for 3 years, there is no amount of anti American sentiment to lead a jury to convict someone based on their background. I feel that is an insult to most Europeans. There is something seriously wrong with Amanda Knox and she seems disturbed. She has no alibi.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  30. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    That girl isnt getting out without White House help.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  31. Annmarie Koss

    The Chief inspector in on the case was being indited at the time for the way he botched up the Monster of Florence case.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:17 pm |
  32. shaun

    they should try her in the u.s. not italy because they will stick up for there own people.the jurors did not make a fair decision cause they go over all the evidents

    December 7, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  33. carri

    I am deeply saddened and disgusted with this case and verdict. I hope she is able to stay strong and know that God is with her and she will be free. Sad day for justice worldwide.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  34. Nat

    Sollecito said he was downloading files on his computer during those evening hrs yet the evidence shows that no activity was found on his computer during those hrs. How do you explain that?

    December 7, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  35. jamie perritt

    if this girl was in the states we would not be hearing about this incedent..

    December 7, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  36. Emily

    MOST people are found guilty by jury regardless what country you are in!

    December 7, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  37. jerry

    In Italy it is up to the accused to prove inocence. The accused is guilty untill proven inocent. Not like the Anglo American sysrem. much of the world uses napoleanic code.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  38. Scott

    Philippa: No one should be considering the fact that she's guilty, in any country, because she pretty clearly isn't. How could her and her boyfriend possibly sexually assault and murder someone and leave ZERO evidence behind? Especially when there is a ton of evidence from another person that WAS left behind? She couldn't have just cleaned up all of her DNA around the other guy's. She's innocent, and it's obvious. The prosecution's case doesn't even makes sense.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  39. Leo

    With the evidence presented along with Ms Knox's odd behavior I think the proper verdict was rendered. My heart goes out to the family of the slain girl. Justice in some sense has been done.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  40. Norman Simon

    It is my belief that when non-nationals are accused of a crime in a European nation, the EU (European Union) should try him/her. Of course, in order to do that, the EU should establish a uniform justice system. The trial could be in The Hague for example. Unfortunately, it appears that each European nation has its own rules and regulations – many of which are archaic.

    If Europe can have Interpol, it can surely have a fair justice system!

    December 7, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  41. Kathryn

    Will the jurors who were often sleeping be in part grounds to overturn a murder conviction as it would appear to not give Amanda Knox a fair trial?(this happened in Cleveland Ohio- a murder conviction was thrown out by an appellate court in June of this year) Would this be relevant for Italian courts as well.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  42. Tad

    Hello AC,

    I have felt all along the two young people charged with this crime are innocent. I strongly feel they have been prosecuted unfairly, although an Italian young adult is also involved I believe he is part of the bigger picture to convict an American.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  43. Nat

    If Raffale's DNA was only found on a cigarette butt & on a glass in the apt, then how did his DNA get on the bra clasp? Was it planted?

    December 7, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  44. Cessy, Chicago IL

    maybe we the media should stop focusing on Amanda Knox the " American" but more so on finding out what and how she got herself involved in this horrible nightmare.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  45. David L. Wood

    People being sent to death row even with DNA evidence prooving they are innocent happens all the time, especially in places like Texas

    December 7, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  46. Melanie

    Hey Anderson. Did the prosecution have a motive for why Amanda would kill her roommate?

    December 7, 2009 at 10:15 pm |
  47. Andy

    Look at the DNa evidence. It is so bad it does not really prove anything. They say it is "consistent with the victim" or "consistent with Soliceto", but that does not mean it was them. The probabilities of identification are so bad in this case that they are useless. It could have matched many people. It makes it sound impressive in the media that there is "DNA evidence", and one can only suspect that that is the only reason it was presented. As evidence it proves nothing. Don't forget that the bra clasp was on the floor for a month and investigators were tramping back and forth from the bathroom where we know Soliceto had been several times before.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  48. shaun

    the u.s. will help third world countries,but will not help a young 22yr old student why?

    December 7, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  49. Cindy

    Hillary needs to get involved in the Amanda Knox case now!!!!!

    December 7, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  50. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi! I hope you had a great weekend.
    I think Amanda Knox has the right to appeal the verdict, though it's unfortunate to have the situation become a matter of international relations.

    December 7, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
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