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How Would Amanda Knox's Case Have Been Different in Kentucky?

If the Amanda Knox case had been tried in Northern Kentucky, would the result have been different? Well first, any jury could have found her guilty or not guilty, so the location is somewhat irrelevant. There is no question that the appeals process would have differed by who would have presided as well as the speed in which the appeal was completed. The judge who presided at the trial of Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, has reportedly said they may be guilty after all. Speaking only two days after he and his fellow judges handed down a full acquittal on appeal, Judge Claudio Pratillo Hellmann said, "the court's verdict is the result of the truth that was created in the proceedings. But the real truth may be different. They may be responsible, but the evidence is not there." Hellmann's remarks appeared odd because the other judges could have reached a less clear-cut acquittal. Italian courts have ruling options in which the appellants are acquitted for lack of evidence - a verdict similar to "not proven" in Scottish law. In the United States, the verdict is Not Guilty, regardless of whether they are truly not guilty or if the prosecution did not present sufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. In Kentucky, the trial judge is not the same person and does not sit as an appellate judge. The appellate system of each jurisdiction moves at various rates. A typical appeal to the Court of Appeals of a Circuit Court Judgment takes about one year. Under Kentucky law, the trial may have occurred much sooner if the Defendant would have requested a speedy trial. Persons charged in the United States enjoy rights which are guaranteed by the US Constitution are not guaranteed throughout the world. Those rights include: right to jury trial, right for the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, right to appeal. Also included is that a jury must be of peers and that they not have bias or preconceived ideas about the case. If you have been charged with a crime in Northern Kentucky, you should consult with an attorney as soon as possible. If you would like to discuss your charges and potential defenses, you can arrange to talk with attorney Michael Bouldin by calling 859-581-6453 or email at mike@bouldinlawfirm.com for more information.

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