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Amanda Knox addressed jury today in hopes of being freed on her appeal

Today, in a packed courtroom in Perugia, Italy, Amanda Knox stood before the 8 person jury who will ultimately decide her fate and plead for them to return a verdict of not guilty and to give her life back.  Knox spoke in Italian, which she now speaks fluently after spending the last four years of her life in an Italian jail.  Reports described her plea for freedom as very sincere.  She fought back tears but was able to keep her composure in her 10 minute address to the jury.

In her last plea to the jury, Knox stated,

“I’m not a promiscuous vamp. I’m not violent … I have not killed, I have not raped. I was not there. I was not present.  I want to go home, I want to go back to my life, I do not want to be punished and to have my life taken away from me for something I have not done, because I am innocent.”

She further said,

“I lost a friend, in the most brutal and inexplicable way possible.  My absolute faith in the police authorities was betrayed, I’ve had to face absolutely unfair … and baseless accusations. I am paying with my life for things I did not commit.”

A verdict in the case is expected later today.  Under the Italian system, the jurors will not be allowed to leave the deliberation room until they agree on a verdict.  The jury has many options as to Knox’s fate.  They can uphold the original conviction and her 26 year sentence, they can uphold the conviction and reduce or increase the amount of years Knox will spend in prison or they can find Knox not guilty and order that she be released.


Trial begins for personal doctor of Michael Jackson

Conrad Murray, 58, the personal doctor for Michael Jackson at the time of his death, began his trial on involuntary manslaughter charges for the death of “The King of Pop.”

In opening statements, prosecutors said that Dr. Murray was an incompetent physician who improperly used a dangerous anesthetic called propofol to help Jackson sleep and that this misuse ultimately caused Jackson’s death.

The defense countered by arguing that Jackson took several pills of the sedative lorazepam on the morning of his death which would be enough to put six people to sleep.  They further argued that Jackson then took a self-administered dose of propofol.  This final dose, the defense explained, killed Jackson instantly.  The defense argued that Jackson accidently killed himself after Doctor Murray refused to administer any more propofol to Jackson for his sleep disorders.  They explained that Murray had been attempting to wean Jackson off of propofol by administering other sleep aids (benzodiazepines) to him.  Jackson did not want to change the drugs he was taking and therefore began administering the drugs to himself which caused his death.

The defense said, “What we will hear is that Doctor Murray provided propofol for two months to Michael Jackson for sleep.  During those two months, Michael Jackson slept.  He woke up and he lived his life.  The evidence will not show you that Michael Jackson died because Dr. Murray gave him propofol.  The evidence is going to show you Michael Jackson died when Dr. Murray stopped,”

Murray faces a maximum of four years in prison and the loss of his medical license if convicted.