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12:51 p.m., Monday, October 3, 2011

Amanda Knox has been acquitted.

After nearly four years behind bars, an Italian jury has overturned Knox’s conviction for the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher, setting the stage for her an emotional homecoming to Knox’s native Seattle.

The courtroom erupted with cries of joy as the presiding judge read the verdict after a long day of deliberations, wrapping up an appeals trial that lasted nearly a year.

The news that Amanda would go free set off a frenzy among the more than 400 accredited journalists, who set off immediately for Capanne prison, to chronicle her release.

The long-awaited and controversial decision is an embarrassing judicial slapdown of the work of the forensic investigators in Italy, a country struggling to bring about necessary reforms in its justice system.

And it is almost certain that the acquittal will trigger a series of side investigations to remedy the failures of the system that locked up Knox unjustly on shaky evidence.

While Knox’s legal team presented much more cohesive defense strategy, the key turning point in her bizarre appeal was having the court-appointed independent expert review of two pieces of evidence go her way.

The experts delivered a scathing 145-page report criticizing Italian forensic police for dozens of errors in crime scene investigation and evidence handling. The experts cast serious doubt on the admissibility of DNA results found on the butcher knife believed to be the murder weapon (police said it had Knox’s DNA on the handle and Kercher’s DNA on the blade), and a bra clasp of Kercher’s. The bra clasp supposedly contained the DNA of Raffaele Sollecito, Knox’s former boyfriend and codefendant.

No detail of Knox’s defense was overlooked. Even her image was successfully rebuilt — gone were the Beatles hoodies and T-shirts, traded in for sober and conservative court-appropriate attire. Her defense team’s closing arguments were delivered smoothly, convincingly and with heartfelt warmth that the jury could feel.

But in the end, it was the persistent, meticulous effort to raise questions about every single piece of evidence that provided the jury with exactly what Amanda Knox needed: Reasonable Doubt.

In a surprising decision, the verdict was broadcast live with all cameras trained on Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito, their families and of course the presiding judge, a side judge and six jurors, five of them women. One reporter from each news organization was allowed in the courtroom or press room in order to accommodate all. A number of the networks and larger news agency came with multiple-person teams and had to choose just one representative to hear the news first.

The scene outside the courthouse Monday evening was unlike anything Perugia had ever seen, a surreal atmosphere that eclipsing even the wild mass of people who had gathered for the first verdict in December 2009, which came after a sensational nine-month trial, two years after the original murder, in November 2007, just months after both Knox and Kercher first arrived for study abroad programs in this bucolic hilltop city of Umbria.

Kercher’s body, with multiple stab wounds and more than 40 lesions all together, was found in a pool of blood on the floor of her own bedroom in Via Della Pergola 7, the morning of Nov. 2, 2007. A duvet had been pulled up over her bloodied, partially naked body. Four days later, Knox and Sollecito were arrested after long night of questioning that ended when Knox broke down and implicated a Congolese pub owner, Patrick Lumumba, in the crime. She had no lawyer present, and her defense attorneys have maintained she was coerced. In December 2009, Knox and Sollecito were convicted of murder and other related charges and sentenced to 26 and 25 years, respectively.

The first trial and Knox’s appeal has fascinated audiences worldwide. Knox, a Seattle native, now 24, and Raffaele Sollecito, the Italian computer engineering student from Bari who she was dating at the time, were convicted in December 2009 of murdering Knox’s British roommate Meredith Kercher in a drug-fueled sexual assault.

Kercher’s mother, Arline, sister, Stephanie, and brother, Lyle, were in the courtroom for the verdict and said they will hold a hold conference Tuesday and give their reaction to the verdict. Earlier in the day, they recalled fondly their daughter and sister, wiping away tears as they described what a loving person she was and how fond as of Perugia, where she had come on an exchange from the University of Leeds.

Knox’s friends and family have been faithfully pressing the case for the release of their daughter, who has spent four difficult years both under the spotlight and behind bars.

“We won’t rest until we can bring her home,” Curt Knox told the BBC early Monday.

The case has had an intense international media following, and inspired a number of books and even movies. In the U.S., the Italian judicial system has come under harsh criticism, while many in Europe have defended the process that convicted Knox.

Knox’s position improved significantly during her appeal, especially after an independent review of the evidence harshly criticized two key pieces of DNA evidence the prosecution has presented.

The review raised doubt about the admissibility of Sollecito’s DNA on Kercher’s bra clasp, as well as the trace amount of Kercher’s DNA allegedly found on the kitchen knife the prosecution claimed was the murder weapon. The prosecution stood by the work of the forensic police, however, accusing the experts of “scientific falsification” saying no contamination had been proven and noting that not all experts agree on the amount of DNA that is acceptable. In the last hearings before the appeals jury, prosecutors took pains to point out a number of other items of circumstantial evidence that they felt proved her involvement.

The defense argued she was a suspect from the get-go and then became the victim of a series of investigative errors. “This investigation was a sailboat going off in one direction, unable to change its route,” Carlo Dalla Vedova told the court.

On Monday, Knox herself gave a heartfelt but determined plea to win her freedom in a statement before deliberations began.

When a nervous Knox stood to address the court, she seemed close to losing her composure. A dropped pin could have been heard in the courtroom.

Her lawyer reached over and squeezed her hand. The judge said she could sit if she preferred, but she took a deep breath and began her remarks. She gained confidence as she addressed jurors for about 10 minutes, telling them of her ordeal, describing how her faith in the authorities had been betrayed, and pleading that they right a judicial wrong.

She has suffered during four years of unjust incarceration, Knox said, insisting she spent the night of Nov. 1, 2007 with her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito when her British flatmate, Meredith Kercher, was killed, an event she said shocked and scared her.

“She had her bedroom next to mine. She was killed in our house. If I had been there that night, I would be dead, like her,” Knox said, her voice quivering at moments. “But I was not there. I was with Raffaele. Thank God he was there. I didn’t have anyone. He was everything to me in that moment.”

She may have been a little disorderly and carefree, but had a good relationship with her roommates, including Meredith, she said, who often worried about her when she went to work at night. Knox said she had been misunderstood over the course of the last four years and insisted she had nothing to do with Kercher’s murder.

“I did not kill. I did not rape. I did not steal. I was not there. I was not present at this crime.”

She then said she had no intention of trying to escape from the truth, as prosecutors had implied in the newspapers over the weekend.

“I will not flee the truth. I insist on the truth,” she said. “Our innocence is real and deserves to be recognized.”

Though less convincing, Raffaele Sollecito also addressed the court, saying how much he had suffered spending 20 hours a day in a 2-by-3 meter cell for more than 1,400 days. At the end of his remarks he took off the “Free Amanda and Raffaele” bracelet he always wears, saying it was a “gift” to the court. He talked of all that it symbolized for him, calling it “a concentrate of various emotions, a desire for justice and the light in this dark tunnel.” He urged the jury to acquit, saying he and Amanda deserve a new, hopeful future.

As the morning’s court statements came to an end, presiding Judge Claudio Pratillo Hellman warned the court that “this is not a soccer match” and urged all parties to respect the court’s decision and remain silent when the verdict is read.

from: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Knox-verdict-2200066.php#page-1

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Amanda Marie Knox was born on July 9th, 1987 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Meredith_Kercher

July 9th, 1987

July 9th

7 + 9 +2+0+1+1 = 20 = her personal year (from July 9th, 2011 to July 8th, 2012) = Court. Trial. Jury. Deliberations. Verdict. Turning point. Judgement. Resolution. Final decision. Final answer. Accusations. Charges. Judges. Adjudicate. Preside.

20 year + 9 (September) = 29 = her personal month (from September 9th, 2011 to October 8th, 2011) = Self-confidence. Having a competent team. Expert testimony.

29 month + 3 (3rd of the month on Monday October 3rd, 2011) = 32 = her personal day = The American won her freedom. Victory. Triumphant. Back to the United States.

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using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

 

 

Amanda Marie Knox

141541 41995 2566 63

 

her path of destiny = 63 = her living nightmare is finally over

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using the number/letter grid:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

 

 

1   1  1  6          9

Amanda Knox          35

  4  45   25  6   26

 

her soul number = 9 = Heeding wisdom.

her outer personality = 26 = Making headlines. In the news. Good looking. Photogenic. Photos. Telegenic. Television.

her path of destiny = 35 = Not giving up. Hanging in there. Been through hell and back.

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An astrological look at the Amanda Knox case

Among thousands of news sources covering the tragedy and subsequent trial, Wikipedia has some of the tragic details of the murder of Meredith Kercher for which Seattle native Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted in Italy on Dec 5, 2009 “shortly after midnight,” say news reports this evening in the US (Dec 4.)

(“Shortly after midnight” in Italy, Dec 5, 2009, gives: Sun-to-natal Moon, Moon-to-natal Sun for Ms. Knox, indicating completions concerning past behaviors; Sun/Moon has a relationship flavor as well.)

One of the more time consuming branches of Astrology is Forensic Astrology and I seldom have a chance to spend the several hours required to get very far with a particular case – and I don’t today, but I will give some of the main astrological factors as I see them.

For having the police estimate that Ms. Kercher was brutally murdered between 8:30 and 11:00 pm (Nov 1, 2007, Perugia, Italy) makes a brief study of the related charts intriguing, to see which planet/s were rising, 8th house ruler/s and aspects, aspects to the chart-ruler/s, planets at chart angles (ASC/DESC and MC/IC), the last lunation (here a Full Moon 2Tau23 on Oct 26, 2007) and many other chart factors which cannot be covered here.

The Pre-Natal Eclipse of the crime is the Sept 11, 2007 Solar Eclipse @ 18Vir24 in the 9 New South Series with flavors of: long-term worries surface having to do with loved ones, paperwork, communication, or health; responsibilities relating to paperwork come home to roost; news has a sense of destiny or fatedness about it. (Brady’s ‘Predictive Astrology.)

(Sun/Moon as mentioned above has a fated quality, too, and relates to male-female principles.)

Plus, you know that Sabian Symbols can give interesting facets of an event’s actors (planets), methods (signs), and places of action (houses) – but there’s no time for them all now. Still, here are some factors I discovered. “Real” forensic astrologers may feel free to correct my assumptions and comments – and I hope they will; or perhaps will add a link to a different analysis, if available.

Of course, having one precise time of an event is preferrable, but here I’m looking at charts for the 8:30 pm to 11:00 pm CET time frame for Perugia, Italy, Nov 1, 2007.

Meredith Kercher was born in Feb, 1986, London, but I’ve not found her exact birthdate. Protecting her birth data may be a family priority and if so, I certainly don’t fault them.

However, I’ve calculated a Noon chart for Amanda Knox, born in Seattle, WA, on July 9, 1987: Sun 16Can05, Mercury 9Can05 Rx, Venus 3Can38, Mars 1Leo20 in 10th house; Moon 12Sag42, Saturn 15Sag50 Rx, Uranus 23Sag51 Rx, in 3rd house.

Her Chiron is in 9th house @ 24Gem20; Jupiter 26Ari58 in 8th h, Neptune 6Cap21 Rx in 4th h, Pluto 7Sco10 Rx in 2nd house. Of course, these house positions are based on a Noon natal chart; Noon’s ASC 29Vir10 with SN rising @ 6Lib05; Mc 28Gem58/Ic 28Sag58. Transiting transformer Pluto was conjunct this Ic on Nov 1, 2007.

The Chart for Nov 1, 2007:

At 8:30 pm, ASC 8Can28 brings up Ms. Knox’s natal Mercury 9Can05 Rx, along with transit Mars 11Can14. With Cancer being ruled by the Moon, Mars in Cancer can be touchy and temperamental – plus, Mars was out-of-bounds (OOBs) and doing as he pleased without interference.

This is Mars-to-Mercury transit for Ms. Knox indicates a period when mental energies are sizzling and thoughts are quickly turned into actions; lots of ideas and info are in the environment and life’s tempo increases to possibly a chaotic level; impatience, verbal combat and aggression are likely, and injuries to head, face, or hands are possible.

Nov 1, 2007′s Sun was a Sun-to-Pluto transit for her as well, a time when one has an urge to get to the bottom of motivations; if one is strong-willed, the trait is increased under this transit; use of power, self-control or its lack, and aggression become issues; circumstances can provoke resentment of manipulations by others who have more power or control.

Although I’m considering mainly the 8:30 pm chart (Hour of Mars) for Nov 1, 2007, Perugia, Italy, I must note that the chart for 11:00 pm (Hour of Venus; Venus 22Vir41) has the difficult, sometimes abusive, ‘destructive energy’ of the Mars/Saturn midpoint on ASC 9Leo21…as always with midpoints ‘any, all, or none’ may apply:

Mars/Saturn = ASC: obstacles caused by others; separation; discipline or restraint brought to activities; military people or athletes; struggling for every step of advancement; a health threat.

Also at 11:00 pm, the Leo Moon (a woman; physical body; Leo = romance; affairs; need for approval) is rising which creates another midpoint picture…

Mars/Sat = Moon: separation or death of a female; weakness of will; feelings about losing something; fit of depression; anger over restrictions imposed by home or family.

This indicator doesn’t give an exact time of death, however, for forensic officials have said that Ms. Kercher did not die immediately from her wounds. One wishes she had suffered less.

Besides rising Mars being angular at 8:30 pm, there’s Uranus 14Pis59 Rx at Mc. This puts Uranus/Mc within orb of an often difficult Fixed Star, Achernar, keywords: ‘crisis; risk of rapid endings’; Achernar relates to the ‘end of the river’ which may be viewed in some cases as an end-of-life signature.

So there’s malefic Mars, OOBs and testy in Cancer, on an angle, with sudden upsets/crises-bringing Uranus angular, too:

Mars square Uranus indicates someone with a strong sex drive who prefers to be free to exploit themselves without hesitation or restraint; there’s an impatient temper that doesn’t like postponing activities or having deires challenged by others.

Uranus/Mc SQ Mars: becoming violent quickly; a lack of self-control; attaining authority through a display of unusual energy; quarrel; accident; injury.

A window was broken in the Kercher’s room which the police say was done to ‘suggest’ a break-in and robbery. With Uranus angular in murky Pisces square Mars rising, I can’t feel absolutely certain that a Mars-Uranus person didn’t suddenly appear, can you? Or, the culprit was in the apartment already from being allowed in the front door (Mars/ASC.)

Uranus in Pisces has a ‘deception toward friends’ quality and a mystical signature and may relate to the police report that violent comic books were found in Sollecito’s apartment. And they say that Meredith Kercher attended Oct 31 Halloween festivities dressed as a vampire. Some connections between the crime and scenarios found in said comic books have been implied by police. I’ve always thought that Dressing as a vampire is one thing – harming others As If you’re a vampire is illusionary madness.

(And I doubt that the huge success of the Twilight films encourages impressionable young folk to separate real from fantasy. I call it, making one’s fortune bwo of the lowest common denominator. It’s the ones watching such entertainments over and over who aren’t emotionally or mentally stable that concern me most. Still, the films weren’t in theaters in Oct/Nov 2007 but I suppose the books were available.)

Now the position of Nov 1′s Mercury 23Lib22s Rx relates to Mercury’s ongoing retrograde period in progress during the prior lunation, the Full Moon of Oct 26, 2007 @ 2Tau23, 6:51:30 am CEDT; Sun Hour; Mars was OOBs then, too. Mercury 27Lib32 Rx is rising in the Full Moon chart with Sun 2Sco23. And Mars 9Can50 is even closer in orb to the Nov 1 ASC 8Can28, as noted for 8:30 pm.

In fact, backing up a little, vigorous Mars (a male) and the Moon (a female) met up @ 10Can51 at 9:10 CEDT on Oct 30, 2007 with ’11Can’ being the “A Clown Making Grimaces” degree; 5th cusp of Romance and Risk-Taking = 6Sco59 conjunct asteroid Hidalgo, one of the ‘power’ asteroids who ‘expects to be in control’; spidery Arachne is conjunct Venus, and Amanda Knox’s natal Venus 3Can38 is conjunct the ASC of the Moon/Mars hook-up. Somehow I feel the Moon/Mars conj relates to the Halloween festivities of the next evening and on to the events of Nov 1; perhaps I’m wrong, but there it is.

Another note on the Nov 1 8:30 pm chart: Jupiter, often active at times of death, is in a wide conj with manipulator Pluto 27Sag05, Jupiter 19Sag46. Between them at 8:30 pm is the Part of Death 27Sag42, another possible indicator of a money involvement since Jupiter/Pluto signifies wealth, bankers, the underworld, or even a wealthy father. And Jupiter is in his own sign of Sagittarius, a strong signature of long-distance travel.

An interesting factor on Nov 1, 2007 is the position of the Mars/Neptune midpoint @ 00Tau15. This is considered by some to be a degree of violence (aka, ‘Hitler’s trigger’ degree, position of his natal Sun, yet I don’t mean to suggest Hitler is involved – violence is. The degree of the 2Tau23 Full Moon is nearby, too.)

Mars (male; sex; attacks; sharp objects) with Neptune (deceit; drugs; theft) in Taurus, the sign ruling the Throat; Ms. Kercher’s windpipe was crushed and her throat slit so I feel Mars/Neptune in Taurus is a significant signature of the culprit/s. And Mars/Neptune can also relate to sexual games and fantasies.

“Someone Else Was in the Apartment” – Was It Rudy?

Another participant who’s already in prison for this crime is Rudy Guede, who’s been described as a ‘street hustler’ and I read last evening that his attorney described him as a “fighter” – feisty Mars is often termed a ‘fighter’ or ‘street fighter’ so did OOBs Mars in Cancer make his home in the streets?

The Lady on Trial:

Amanda Knox’s natal square between Mars and Pluto may be an apt if disagreeable place to end my surmises. As I said, please feel free to add your thoughtful views, if you wish. (Be civil please, or your comment won’t be published!)

Now the following Mars/Pluto info may not seem to describe the angel-faced young lady, as some have called her. But astrological Pluto, by his very nature, indicates deeply unconscious or underground facets of our personalities, as Psychological Astrology informs us. And natal Pluto resonates very strongly with the sign of Scorpio in anyone’s personality. Some extreme possibilities are:

Mars SQ Pluto: an overly forceful nature; aggressive in pursuing desires; a do-or-die attitude; using force to gain one’s ends; courage; a violent temper; egotism; criminal tendencies; brutality; can be aggressive in sexual relationships or abusive; may become dictatorial with a ‘might makes right’ attitude; reckless and foolish; attracted to violet circumstances.

Add to her natal square of these two powerful planets, the transiting Mars-quindecile-Pluto which was in effect on Nov 1, 2007, along with sex and drugs, and we may have a picture of a romantic young girl on her own in a foreign country, whose Mars/Pluto SQ was negatively influenced by the tr Mars/Pluto quindecile (165 degr), an unconsciously operating aspect of obsession and compulsion:

Mars QD Pluto: may be driven toward power, domination, greed, and possessiveness; may demonstrate sexual dominance and aggressiveness; may be ruthless and manipulative to gain power and control; benefit comes through the power of taking physical action. (paraphrasing from ‘Quindecile’ by Ricki Reeves.)

Well, as you can tell, this is a complex situation of two years’ duration so the Astrology describing it must be complex as well.

Yet I don’t mean to suggest that I agree with the verdict reached by the Italian jury and judges who were, I believe, swayed unfairly (and perhaps politically?) by the Italian press when it came to Amanda Knox, whose activities of Nov 1, 2007 may never be fully revealed or understood. Trial by press has been a problem in the US, too, and should not be allowed to tip the scales of any court yet they so often do. And it wasn’t 12 jurors of their peers who convicted Knox and Sollecito – I believe the vote was 5 to 4…a pretty shabby way of doing things in a court of law, imo.

And so with a sense of grief for their loss, I send my heartfelt condolences to the Kercher, Knox, and other families involved in this sad case. For if a travesty of justice was made with the Knox or Solliceto guilty verdicts, I pray they will find the strength to fight for the freedom of their loved ones.

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Midpoint pictures: Ebertin; Tyl; Munkasey. Mars/Pluto info: ‘Planets in Aspect’ by Rob Pelletier.

from:  http://judecowell.wordpress.com/2009/12/05/an-astrological-look-at-the-amanda-knox-case/

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You can see the similarity in Amanda’s and Casey’s numbers, and the net result for both was freedom:

Thursday, July 07, 2011 11:34 AM

BREAKING NEWS: Casey Anthony will be released from jail Sunday, July 17, 2011.

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Casey Marie Anthony was born on March 19th, 1986 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casey_Anthony#Arrests_and_charges

March 19th, 1986
 
March 19th
 
3 + 19 +2+0+1+1 = 26 = her personal year (from March 19th, 2011 to March 18th, 2012) = Making headlines. In the news. The media. Television. Photos. Good looks. Image. Personality. Popularity.
 
26 year + 6 (June) = 32 = her personal month (from June 19th, 2011 to July 18th, 2011) = Winning. Victory. Triumph. Beating [the major charges against her]. Freedom. American. America. In the United States.

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