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Lawyers and media accuse Italian judge of bias in Amanda Knox trial

The Italian judge who sentenced Amanda Knox to 28 1/2 years in jail on Thursday is receiving pushback on Monday for comments he made about the trial. According to USA Today, it is protocol for judges to only comment on trials months after the fact through official explanations. However, Judge Alessandro Nencini broke with tradition over the weekend by telling journalists that Raffaele Sollecito could have bettered his chances by pinning the whole thing on Knox.

 Courthouse of Florence reads the final verdict of the Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito retrial at the Nuovo Palazzo di Giustizia on January 30, 2014 in Florence, Italy.
Courthouse of Florence reads the final verdict of the Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito retrial at the Nuovo Palazzo di Giustizia on January 30, 2014 in Florence, Italy.Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images
Amanda Knox during her appeal hearing in 2011. Knox will file another appeal after Thursday's verdict.
Amanda Knox during her appeal hearing in 2011. Knox will file another appeal after Thursday's verdict. Getty Images/ Oli Scarff

Now lawyers for both parties, as well as the Italian press, are outraged at the man for his words. The defense team will now be reviewing the judge’s comments and other parts of the trial to determine if the verdict should be thrown out.

Luca Maroni, lawyer for Sollecito, stated, “The conviction is the result of a clear bias from the judges against the defendants and in particular against Sollecito.”

But a Rome-based lawyer noted that though the judge shouldn’t have given an interview about the case, it’s more likely that he’ll face punishment rather than the case will be affected.

However, the comments can be helpful when Sollecito and Knox appeal. Both parties are expected to appeal, which would make the subsequent appeal the fourth trial for the case.

The seemingly partial comments made by the judge support a comment made by legal analyst Dan Abrams. When speaking about the case, he stated, “You have to believe that, despite what all the lawyers will tell you, that this will come down to some degree to politics.”