I was commissioned to write this a few years ago for the Central European House of Photography in Bratislava (and thank you to all the photo...
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Amanda Knox: Trial by Photography
Does anyone have a clue what really happened in the murder of Meredith Kercher. The case seems to turn on lurid descriptions of Amanda Knox's sexual history, together with a visual investigation into Amanda Knox's facial expressions and dress sense. Photographs (showing Knox's failure to behave like a proper innocent suspect) have played a huge role in the case. I don't have a clue if she's guilty or not, but it has been a trial by photography and, whatever the final verdict is, Knox is guilty of something or other simply because of the photographs that have been taken of her. Last week, a virtual reconstruction of the murder of Meredith Kercher was shown in court, with the screen fading to red at the end. Which puts everything about the trial into question.
Is it safe? I don't think so.
From the Guardian.
"Despite protests from defence lawyers, the prosecution was allowed to show an animated film reconstruction in court depicting the prosecution's version of the murder. Jury members and judge Giancarlo Massei watched as animated likenesses of Knox, Sollecito, 25, and Guede, 22, entered the isolated house Knox shared with Kercher on the outskirts on Perugia.
Resembling Second Life avatars, the cartoon trio attacked Kercher in her bedroom as photos flashed up on screen showing the wounds and bruises found on Kercher's body. In the courtroom Knox turned away from the screen while Sollecito, who is now studying for a virtual reality degree in jail, watched as the screen turned red when Kercher, from Coulsdon, Surrey, received the fatal stab wound to the neck."