File library: Trials and appeals and reports
First 2008 Knox, Guede, Sollecito trial
This was the first trial which considered the actual murder charges and evidence. This 'Preliminary GUP' trial was presided by Judge Paolo Micheli. It was Rudy Guede's 'primo grado' (first instance trial), and it also considered the weight of evidence against Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. This trial was necessary because Guede, on advice of his lawyers, chose a fast-track trial option, which limits the number of judges, witnesses and legal discussions allowed during the court proceeding. Knox and Sollecito had chosen the regular court proceeding, so Guede was effectively separated from Knox and Sollecito in terms of their court processing. Judge Micheli found Guede guilt of murdering Meredith Kercher, along with others, and also charged that Knox and Sollecito stand trial for the murder of Meredith Kercher, having found sufficient evidence. One can find Judge Micheli's reasoning in the 'Motivations Report'.
Additional Guede trials
This section includes additional trials for Rudy Guede. It includes: his appeal of his first trial (the Micheli trial); his 'secondo grado' (second instance) appeals trial presided by Judges Borsini and Belardi; his appeal of their sentence to the Italian Supreme Court; the Italian Supreme Court (Cassazione) ruling confirming the Borsini and Belardi sentence. Judges Borsini and Belardi also found Guede guilty of murder, in conjunction with others, but reduced his sentence originally imposed by Judge Micheli.
Additional Knox and Sollecito trials
This section includes all the trials attended by Knox and Sollecito, after the Micheli trial. As noted above the Micheli court was charged to determine if there was sufficient evidence for Knox and Sollecito to stand trial for the murder of Meredith Kercher, which it did. This section includes: the 'primo grado' (first instance) trial, presided by Judges Massei and Cristiani, which found them both guilty of murdering Meredith Kercher; Knox's and Sollecito's appeals of that sentence; the 'secondo grado' (second instance) appeal trial, presided by Judges Hellmann and Zanetti, which acquitted them of the murder charges due to insufficient evidence, but confirmed that Knox was guilty of calunnia against Lumumba; the various appeals of that sentence to the Italian Supreme Court; the Italian Supreme Court (Cassazione) ruling eviscerating the Hellmann and Zanetti reasonings and ordering another appeals trial; the new 'secondo grado' (second instance) appeal trial, presided by Judges Nencini and Cicerchia, which found Knox and Sollecito guilty of murdering Meredith Kercher; Knox's and Sollecito's appeals of that sentence to the Italian Supreme Court; the Italian Supreme Court (Cassazione) ruling- pending March 25,2015.