Comparing Amanda Knox and Jens Soering
Parallels and Differences between
|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.|
- 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.
October 31, 2018