Posts tagged ‘trial’

July 7, 2011

Witness clears Amanda Knox in Italy murder trial

PERUGIA, Italy (AFP) – A man jailed with a co-defendant of Amanda Knox, an American convicted for the murder of a British student in Italy, told an appeal hearing on Saturday that she and her boyfriend are innocent.


Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, her boyfriend at the time, were sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison for the grisly 2007 murder of south London student Meredith Kercher, with whom Knox shared a house in Perugia.


Both are now appealing their convictions.


Prosecutors have said the crime was a drug-fuelled sex game that turned violent.



Rudy Guede, who was sentenced to 16 years in prison in a separate trial for his role in the murder, allegedly told prison inmate Mario Alessi that “Amanda and Raffaele have nothing to do with the murder”.


Alessi repeated his allegation, already made in a deposition to the police, during Saturday’s hearing in this central Italian city.


Alessi, a mason who is serving time for killing a child, told the court Guede had spoken to him about his friends’ trial at the gym at a time when they were both detained in the same prison cell.


According to Guede’s alleged statements, 21-year-old Kercher was killed by a friend of Guede’s when she resisted a sexual assault.


“Rudy told me he tried to help the young woman after her friend wounded her with a small knife with an ivory-coloured grip,” Alessi told the court.


The friend then allegedly told Guede: “What are you doing? We have to kill her if not we’ll end up in prison because of her.”


When questioned by Perugia prosecutors Guede denied ever having made such statements.


The young lovers were originally convicted in large part because of traces of Knox’s DNA found on the knife and Sollecito’s DNA on a bra clip.


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July 7, 2011

Galliano to Stand Trial in Paris Today

Ready the tents, saddle the elephants and cram as many clowns as comically possible into a tiny car because the media circus is coming to town. John Galliano‘s trial is set to begin today in Paris, and as it is open to the public, it will most likely turn into a shitshow.


Galliano to Stand Trial in Paris Today


The former Christian Dior designer faces a possible six months in jail and a $32,390 fine as per the French penalty for insulting anyone on the basis of their origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity.


Note to self: don’t go to France….


Stemming from two separate incidents in which Galliano allegedly uttered anti-Semitic remarks – one from October 8, 2010 and the other from February 24th of this year —  the trial will see testimonies not only from Galliano himself but from his three accusers: Geraldine Bloch, Philippe Virgitti and Fathia Oumeddour.


However, Galliano’s now infamous “I love Hitler” video rant will not be a subject of the trial as the “anonymous” filmmaker never bothered to come forward with a complaint.


The designer is expected to plead substance abuse in his defense as he is still undergoing rehab for alcohol and prescription meds dependency — aren’t we all? — and though it’s not likely to help his case any, he will probably not serve any jail time.


According to French lawyer, Jean-Yves Dupeux:


“In theory, the law provides for a prison sentence but it’s extremely rare. Prison sentences are practically never handed down, except in the case of repeat offenders, in other words when you are dealing with someone who is permanently reiterating insults.”


Galliano’s trial should last four or five hours today but a decision, if any, won’t be made before September; French courts close for summer recess in July and August.


So while the courts are in recess, John Galliano will be awaiting detention. [WWD]


July 1, 2011

Galliano to Stand Trial in Paris Today

Ready the tents, saddle the elephants and cram as many clowns as comically possible into a tiny car because the media circus is coming to town. John Galliano‘s trial is set to begin today in Paris, and as it is open to the public, it will most likely turn into a shitshow.


Galliano to Stand Trial in Paris Today


The former Christian Dior designer faces a possible six months in jail and a $32,390 fine as per the French penalty for insulting anyone on the basis of their origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity.


Note to self: don’t go to France….


Stemming from two separate incidents in which Galliano allegedly uttered anti-Semitic remarks – one from October 8, 2010 and the other from February 24th of this year —  the trial will see testimonies not only from Galliano himself but from his three accusers: Geraldine Bloch, Philippe Virgitti and Fathia Oumeddour.


However, Galliano’s now infamous “I love Hitler” video rant will not be a subject of the trial as the “anonymous” filmmaker never bothered to come forward with a complaint.


The designer is expected to plead substance abuse in his defense as he is still undergoing rehab for alcohol and prescription meds dependency — aren’t we all? — and though it’s not likely to help his case any, he will probably not serve any jail time.


According to French lawyer, Jean-Yves Dupeux:


“In theory, the law provides for a prison sentence but it’s extremely rare. Prison sentences are practically never handed down, except in the case of repeat offenders, in other words when you are dealing with someone who is permanently reiterating insults.”


Galliano’s trial should last four or five hours today but a decision, if any, won’t be made before September; French courts close for summer recess in July and August.


So while the courts are in recess, John Galliano will be awaiting detention. [WWD]


July 1, 2011

Witness clears Amanda Knox in Italy murder trial

PERUGIA, Italy (AFP) – A man jailed with a co-defendant of Amanda Knox, an American convicted for the murder of a British student in Italy, told an appeal hearing on Saturday that she and her boyfriend are innocent.


Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, her boyfriend at the time, were sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison for the grisly 2007 murder of south London student Meredith Kercher, with whom Knox shared a house in Perugia.


Both are now appealing their convictions.


Prosecutors have said the crime was a drug-fuelled sex game that turned violent.



Rudy Guede, who was sentenced to 16 years in prison in a separate trial for his role in the murder, allegedly told prison inmate Mario Alessi that “Amanda and Raffaele have nothing to do with the murder”.


Alessi repeated his allegation, already made in a deposition to the police, during Saturday’s hearing in this central Italian city.


Alessi, a mason who is serving time for killing a child, told the court Guede had spoken to him about his friends’ trial at the gym at a time when they were both detained in the same prison cell.


According to Guede’s alleged statements, 21-year-old Kercher was killed by a friend of Guede’s when she resisted a sexual assault.


“Rudy told me he tried to help the young woman after her friend wounded her with a small knife with an ivory-coloured grip,” Alessi told the court.


The friend then allegedly told Guede: “What are you doing? We have to kill her if not we’ll end up in prison because of her.”


When questioned by Perugia prosecutors Guede denied ever having made such statements.


The young lovers were originally convicted in large part because of traces of Knox’s DNA found on the knife and Sollecito’s DNA on a bra clip.