In a small courtroom in Perugia, Italy, today, two forensic scientists are

In a small courtroom in Perugia, Italy, today, two forensic scientists are expected to swear in and explain how facts prove that the DNA work of another scientist–work that led to the murder convictions of Seattle exchange student Amanda Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito–is absolute horseshit.First, however, the scientist whose work is being trashed and the prosecutors who want to keep the defendants in prison have something to say.The forensic experts slated to testify today are Stefano Conti and Carla Vecchiotti, professors at Rome’s La Spienza University. They were appointed by a judge who’s overseeing Knox’s and Sollecito’s appeals trial.The scientist who conducted the initial forensics tests that showed DNA evidence linking both Knox and Sollecito to the murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher is Patrizia Stefanoni, an expert with the police agency that investigated the case.Knox case DNA tester Patrizia Stefanoni is horrible at her job, according to a new report.Recently, Condi and Vecchiotti published a report that trashed Stefanoni’s work. These scientists retested evidence in the case–Kercher’s bra clasp, a kitchen knife found in Sollecito’s apartment–and found that the genetic material on both objects was either too small or too contaminated to test.The report also found that Stefanoni ignored international DNA protocols and made a ridiculous number of rookie errors in her tests.It’s this report that Condi and Vecchiotti will testify to in court today and possibly all week long.Meanwhile, The Guardian

reports that Stefanoni has already signaled that she may be planning to sue the dissenting scientists over their rude insistence in following “protocols.””I am angry about the false statements in this report and ready to come to court to highlight the past record of these experts,” [Stefanoni] told the Observer. “I am also looking into taking legal action against them. What international DNA protocols are they talking about? The Italian police is a member of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI), while they are not.”If that’s not enough, prosecutors are expected to attack Condi and Vecchiotti as being “planted” by Knox’s defense team and fed information from them. This tactic may raise the great ire of Judge Pratillo Hellman, since he personally appointed the scientists.At any rate, it’s do-or-die time in the Knox trial this week. Expect fireworks daily.Follow The Daily Weekly on Facebook and Twitter.

Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

More in News & Comment

file photo
Department of Health announces QR code verification program to prove vaccination status

WA Verify is intended to make vaccine verification simpler and more efficient.

Mid-afternoon traffic on northbound Interstate 5 on Nov. 22 near Everett. Dan Bates/The Herald
Thanksgiving traffic forecast is heavier than pre-pandemic

Drivers and ferry riders could be in for long waits, depending on when they go.

Patti Cole-Trindall
King County Executive appoints Patti Cole-Tindall as interim sheriff

Cole-Tindall has a background in the sheriff’s office and county government.

Comparison map between current district map and proposed draft. (Screenshot from King County’s website)
King County proposes redistricting map, asks for feedback from public

Public invited to comment at November 30 public hearing.

Elaine Simons, former foster mother of Jesse Sarey, addresses a crowd outside the Maleng Regional Justice Center on Aug. 24, 2020, moments after Auburn Police Officer Jeff Nelson was formally charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the May 31, 2019, shooting death of 26-year-old Sarey in front of a north Auburn convenience store. File photo
Jesse Sarey’s family wants people to know who the real Jesse was

He was killed by Auburn police officer Jeffrey Nelson in 2019.

A Snoqualmie Officer was involved in a shooting Tuesday night, Nov. 16. Photo courtesy of the Bellevue Police Department.
Man killed by Snoqualmie Police was homeless, living in car

The 33-year-old man who was killed by a Snoqualmie police officer late… Continue reading

The Washington State Redistricting Commission held a public meeting over Zoom on Monday night to draw the final legislative and congressional district boundaries. Most of the five-hour session was spent in "caucus meetings" which were unavailable to the viewing public. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)
Bipartisan commission fails to draw new political boundaries

For the first time in state history, the Supreme Court will define new congressional and legislative districts.

courtesy of PropertyShark
State’s richest zip codes are all in East King County, according to home value study

Medina zip code ranks among top 10 most affluent in the nation.

file photo
One-car collision on I-5 near Southcenter kills two 19-year-olds

According to the incident report, neither the passenger or driver were wearing seatbelts.

Most Read