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In soccorso di Amanda Knox l’avvocatessa Bongiorno

Amanda Knox e Giulia Bongiorno, avvocato di Raffaele Sollecito, legale top in Italia. Secondo il Guardian sarà la Buongiorno (nella foto dell’articolo) a cavare d’impaccio la giovane di Seattle che dopo tre anni di carcere – spiega il suo avvocato Luciano Ghirga – è piuttosto provata ma “pronta a dimostrare la sua innocenza”. L’articolo del Guardian del 21.11.2010:

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Amanda Knox’s appeal hopes rest on Italy’s top female lawyer

Giulia Bongiorno – an MP fighting to oust Silvio Berlusconi – will attack evidence in Meredith Kercher murder

Tom Kington The Observer, Sunday 21 November 2010

The skills of Italy‘s most famous lawyer will be put to the test in the glare of the media spotlight this week as Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito return to the courtroom to appeal against their murder convictions and try to persuade jurors they played no part in the killing of British student Meredith Kercher.

Giulia Bongiorno, the defence lawyer for Sollecito – and possibly the only woman in Italy feared by Silvio Berlusconi – was widely perceived to have put Knox’s legal team in the shade with her court performances during the former couple’s trial in 2009.

Now, as the defence prepares to win the argument the second time around, all eyes are on Bongiorno, who is also a senior MP. If she is successful in her bid to prove that the couple had nothing to do with the murder, both the 23-year-old American and her former Italian boyfriend will walk free.

For Knox, who is serving a 26-year sentence for killing Kercher, her flatmate, in Perugia in November 2007, that prospect is crucial. Luciano Ghirga, one of her lawyers, said Knox was badly in need of a boost: “She is very worried and tense after three years in jail, but ever more determined to prove her innocence.”

While Bongiorno’s duties as president of the Italian parliament’s justice commission often saw her unable to attend trial proceedings, Knox and Sollecito will hope that she will have more time for the appeal, which is due to begin with a technical hearing on Wednesday. During her absences last year, the couple’s other lawyers failed to discredit the DNA and witness evidence linking the pair to the crime scene, with jurors nodding off during testimony by defence experts, some of whom contradicted each other.

When she did appear, Bongiorno, 44, who is five months pregnant, pressed police forensic science expert Patrizia Stefanoni into admitting that she did not change gloves while collecting specimens, and playing down Knox’s wanton image by likening her to Amélie, the ingenue heroine of the eponymous French film.

The defence teams now plan to exploit what they say are gaping holes in the verdict, starting with the couple’s lack of motive, something all but admitted by the trial judge. In an appeal dossier submitted to the court last week, Bongiorno and Luca Maori, Sollecito’s second lawyer, cite new evidence suggesting that local tramp Antonio Curatolo could not have seen Knox and Sollecito lurking near the house where Kercher died on the night of the murder, as he claims.

Bongiorno will seek to prove Rudy Guede, the third suspect convicted of taking part in Kercher’s murder, acted alone. She will offer testimony from Guede’s cellmate, child killer Mario Alessi, that Guede told him Knox and Sollecito were not present when Kercher was stabbed repeatedly.

Knox’s team will focus on the leaps of faith made by the jury – including the idea that Knox was in the habit of carrying a large knife.

Bongiorno will not attend the hearing on Wednesday, and the timing of the appeal’s first arguments, on 11 December, could not be worse for her. Three days later a series of confidence votes will begin in parliament. Bongiorno, a legal adviser to Berlusconi’s rival, Gianfranco Fini, could find her duties lie more in Rome than in Perugia. But according to Luca Maori, neither the brewing political crisis nor Bongiorno’s advancing pregnancy spell danger for Knox and Sollecito. “Everything,” he said, “can be worked out.”

Bongiorno is no stranger to high-profile cases: she helped winning her spurs aged 27 by clearing to clear former prime minister Giulio Andreotti of mafia charges, before defending clients including the heir to the defunct Italian throne and footballer Francesco Totti after he spat at an opponent – although she was unable to prevent the Roma and Italy star receiving a three-match international ban.


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