On Monday, the judge who found Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito guilty of murder is facing legal problems of his own. Judge Alessandro Nencini is being investigated for improper comments he allegedly made to the Italian media regarding the defense’s strategy during the trial.
The defense attorney for Sollecito announced Monday that they will seek disciplinary proceedings against judge Nencini for his alleged impropriety.
Nencini said that Sollecito’s decision not to testify may have worked against him during the proceeding. “The ability not to be heard in a trial is a right, but it deprives the subject of a voice,” said Nencini.
The defense lawyers said they are appealing the verdict and the judge’s comments could be included as part of their appeal.
However, defense lawyer Luca Maori was quick to clarify that their planned action is not a “Vendetta” because they received a different verdict from what they had hoped for.
Carlo Dalla Vedova, Knox’s defence attorney, described Nencini’s comments as inappropriate but declined to give any comment concerning the action that Italy’s Supreme Court and Judicial Ministry are likely to take against the judge.
Knox’s defense team is also contemplating appealing the verdict saying Knox feels that this “is a mistake” and she is ready to fight for her innocence.
Magistrate’s governing body members have said they will request for an inquiry against Nencini because he had violated some of the judicial code of conduct including the secrecy of deliberations and anticipated arguments before reasoning is published. The comments of the judge about the defense trial strategy also implies “partiality”.
Nencini was the presiding judge on an appeals panel that found Sollecito, 29, and Knox, 26, guilty of the murder of a 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher. Kercher and Knox were roommates when she was sexually assaulted and murdered in Perugia, Italy, on Nov. 1, 2007.
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