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Is the Amanda Knox PR machine misleading Americans?

Meredith Kercher's loved ones want justice
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Why do a lot of people in the U.S. believe Amanda Knox is innocent? Huffington Post writer Selene Nelson wrote on Friday that the biggest reason is likely because of a strategic PR campaign. The Knox case has long been a topic of debate between those who believe she's innocent, and those who agree with the forensic, circumstantial and testimonial evidence against Knox, Raffaele Sollecito and Rudy Guede in the slaying of Meredith Kercher. Suspicion against Knox wasn't halted when her father hired a PR firm to represent the family -- three days after the young woman's arrest. Instead, it got worse -- and why wouldn't it? Many families would have likely hired an attorney to prove their daughters' innocence, but Amanda's father Curt thought differently. The family hired the firm Gogerty Marriott Public Relations Inc. to strategically repair and protect the family's image.

The post written by Nelson reveals that Gogarty Marriott blocked the American media from having access to the family unless Amanda was reported in a positive light to contrast against the negative coverage coming from Italy (which, by the way, stems from the actual court documents which convicted her, Raffaele Sollecito and Rudy Guede). An example of some of the PR spin that bent the truth is the claim coming from Knox's camp that Rudy Guede (co-convicted) was an orphan and a career criminal -- a grifter. Nothing could be further from the truth, actually. He grew up in the area, had an apartment and had a criminal record similar to Knox's: No felonies at the time. Nelson also writes that the claim of there being "no evidence" linking Amanda to the murder of Kercher comes from the PR campaign utilized by Gogerty Marriott. The truth is, there are 1,000s pages of evidence, as shown here.

If it's completely true that the American public has been misled into supporting Amanda Knox, then those who believe her version of events may be disappointed in the end. When it comes to her extradition, the U.S. Government will likely go by the facts of the case rather than the emotional pandering of Knox and her family to the media and the public -- which also brings up a point. Why is Knox pleading through the media with the public to believe her story -- instead of the Government which will ultimately decide whether or not to extradite?

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