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Comparing Amanda Knox and Jens Soering

Parallels and Differences between
Amanda Knox and Jens Soering

   

  • Parallels:
Amanda Knox Jens Soering
She was a foreign student in her first semester: age 20, nerdy, emotionally immature and naive. He was a foreign student in his first semester: age 18, nerdy, emotionally immature and naive.
Her roommate at college was brutally killed with a knife. His girlfriend’s parents were brutally killed with a knife.
She gave a confession to police without her lawyer. He gave a confession to police without his lawyer.
Her alleged accomplice, Rudy Guede, received a lower sentence for implicating her. His alleged accomplice, Elizabeth Haysom, received a lower sentence for implicating him.
Initially, questionable forensic evidence seemed to implicate her: DNA on the murder weapon. Initially, questionable forensic evidence seemed to implicate him: sock prints at the crime scene.
The prosecutor leaked to the tabloids that Satanism was involved. The police leaked to the tabloids that voodoo was involved.
No credible motive was presented at trial. No credible motive was presented at trial.
She was convicted in a media-circus atmosphere. He was convicted in a media-circus atmosphere (first televised high profile trial in Virginia).
Later, it emerged that the DNA on the knife did not belong to her - which is not, of course, proof of innocence. Later, it emerged that the DNA at the crime scene did not belong to him - which is not, of course, proof of innocence.


  • Differences:

    • Jens Soering also has a new witness, Tony Buchanan, who saw Elizabeth with a bloody knife and in the presence of a man other than Soering.
    • The Italian legal system allows appellate courts to consider new evidence.
      Thanks to the notorious "twenty-one day rule", the Virginia legal system forbids the introduction of any new evidence if discovered twenty-one days after sentencing.  No court has ever considered the new sock print evidence, the new DNA-test or the new witness testimony.
    • Some courageous Italian politicians supported Amanda Knox and even represented her as lawyers on appeal.
      In Virginia, in 2010, the General Assembly passed a resolution by 92 to 0, asking the Governor to ensure that Jens Soering never be freed.
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