GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain reiterated his claim that it was “insensitive” for Texas Gov. Rick Perry to have a hunting camp he used with his family known by a racial epithet. But Cain said he was not attacking Perry over it.
Timeline: Italian court clears Amanda Knox of murder
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Oct 03, 2011 16:18 EDT
(Reuters) – Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were cleared and freed Monday after appealing a 2009 verdict that originally found them guilty of murdering British student Meredith Kercher.
Here is a timeline of the main events In the case:
November 2, 2007 – Kercher’s body is found with a stab wound in the throat, in the apartment she shared with American student Knox in the central Italian town of Perugia.
November 6 – Knox, Sollecito, and bar owner Patrick Diya Lumumba are questioned by Italian police.
November 19 – Police say they are seeking a fourth suspect, named as Rudy Hermann Guede, from Ivory Coast. He is arrested the next day in the German city of Mainz. On the same day Lumumba is released without charge from prison in Rome.
April 1, 2008 – Knox, Sollecito and Guede lose their appeals to be released from prison and are told they will stay behind bars until they are charged or released.
October 28, 2008 – Guede is sentenced to 30 years in jail for taking part in Kercher’s murder. His sentence is cut back to 16 years on appeal in 2009.
- Judge Paolo Micheli also orders Knox and Sollecito to stand trial on murder charges.
January 16, 2009 – Trial of Knox and Sollecito begins.
December 5 – A court sentences Knox to 26 years in prison and Sollecito to 25 years after they are found guilty of murdering Kercher during a drunken sex assault.
- Lawyers for Knox and Sollecito say they will appeal the sentences and Knox’s family denounces the verdict as a “failure of the Italian judicial system.”
November 8, 2010 – An Italian court orders Knox to stand trial for slandering police officers during the murder investigation.
November 24, 2010 – Knox and Sollecito’s appeal against their convictions starts and is adjourned. It resumes on December 11.
December 16 – Guede’s conviction is confirmed by Italy‘s highest appeals court.
June 29, 2011 – An independent forensic report discredits police evidence used to help convict Knox.
July 25 – Two court-appointed experts, Carla Vecchiotti and Stefano Conti, tell an appeal hearing the knife thought to have been used to kill Kercher carried no trace of blood but may have been contaminated with other DNA traces.
September 24 – Prosecutors ask the court to keep Knox and Sollecito behind bars for life.
September 26 – Patrick Lumumba’s lawyer Carlo Pacelli calls Knox a “she-devil” and tells the appeals court she destroyed Lumumba’s image by falsely accusing him of the murder, testimony that helps prosecutors attack her credibility. Knox has said she wrongly implicated Lumumba under pressure from police.
September 29 – Wrapping up the defense case, Knox’s lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova points to errors in the probe by police and urges a panel of lay and professional judges to look beyond the image of Knox created by the media and the prosecution.
October 3 – Knox makes a tearful plea to be acquitted of murdering her British roommate, saying she was paying with her life for a crime she did not commit.
– Two professional and six lay judges find Knox and Sollecito not guilty of murder.
– The court upholds a conviction against Knox for slander, after she had falsely accused Lumumba of the murders. It sentenced her to three years in prison, a sentence which has now been served.
(Reporting by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit)
Witnesses say Amanda Knox has left prison after her 2009 conviction for killing her British roommate was thrown out on appeal. A convoy of cars was seen leaving Perugia’s Campanne prison about 90 minutes after the verdict was handed down
A group of Amanda Knox supporters burst into applause and cheers Monday when they learned an Italian appeals court had thrown out the Seattle native’s murder conviction in the death of her British roommate.
An Italian appeals court has thrown out Amanda Knox’s murder conviction and ordered the young American freed after nearly four years in prison for the death of her British roommate.
Bear runs into Pennsylvania home, attacks couple inside
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Oct 03, 2011 14:59 EDT
PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – A black bear chased a dog into a central Pennsylvania house on Monday, attacking and injuring a couple who lived there, an official said.
The bear entered the house in Oliver Township, Perry County, “hot on the tracks” of the dog, which had been let out early this morning, said Jerry Feaser, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
An unidentified man who lived there tried to intercede and was bitten and scratched by the bear, he said. A woman then tried to get the bear away from him, but the animal turned on her and injured her too, Feaser said.
The two were taken to a hospital in Harrisburg. Further details about their injuries were not immediately available.
A Game Commission officer was searching the area around the house and planned to lay a trap, he said. Once captured, the animal may either be relocated or killed if it appears rabid.
“Our suspicion — and I emphasize suspicion — is that this is most likely a female bear that had cubs in the area” and saw the dog as a threat, Feaser said.
Another possibility, he said, was that the bear had rabies, which “makes mammals do strange things.”
The incident was highly unusual. In all other reports of bears entering houses in Pennsylvania, the animal was searching for food, Feaser said.
(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Greg McCune)
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Two days after leaving a halfway house and putting an end to his federal prison sentence for gun possession and a parole violation, rapper Clifford ‘T.I.’ Harris joined country superstar Taylor Swift on stage Sunday night in Atlanta.