Alessandro Nencini Impropriety, The judge who announced the guilty verdicts against Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for murder is facing allegations of impropriety that could result in disciplinary proceedings.
Defense lawyers for Sollecito, Knox’s co-defendant, said Monday they will request disciplinary action against Florence Judge Alessandro Nencini as a result of comments the presiding appellate court judge made on Sollecito’s defense strategy to Italian media following Thursday’s guilty verdict ” and that the comments could form part of their planned appeal of the verdict.
“This is not a vendetta because a judge handed down a verdict other than what we expected,” defense lawyer Luca Maori said by telephone on Monday. Maori said Sollecito’s defense will ask the magistrate’s governing body, the Judicial Ministry, and Italy’s supreme Court of Cassation to take disciplinary action, calling the comments on defense strategy a “serious” breach.
Knox defense lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova said in an emailed statement that the interviews were “not appropriate,” but he reserved comment on any action until the court’s reasoning for the verdict is issued, expected within 90 days of the sentence. Knox’s defense also is planning to appeal the verdict.
“She feels that it is a mistake and she will continue fighting for her innocence,” Dalla Vedova said.