The Massei Report (English)

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The trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito took place, in Perugia, between January and December 2009. The presiding judge was Dr Giancarlo Massei, assisted by a second professional judge, Dr Beatrice Cristiani, and six 'lay judges'. Knox and Sollecito were found guilty of murder, sexual assault and other charges related to the case. In accordance with Italian law, the judges produced a report detailing their interpretation of the evidence and the thought processes that led to their verdict. This document is sometimes referred to in English as a "motivations report" or as a "sentencing report": often just by the name of the presiding judge - the "Massei Report". It runs to 427 pages.

A team of unpaid volunteers who are regular posters on the message board, devoted to discussing the murder of Meredith Kercher, undertook the translation of the entire document into English. The translation and editorial team was international in its make-up, with at least four continents represented including Europe, both North and South America and Australasia. Some but not all of the individuals who worked on the translation are professional translators; others were asked to proofread sections of a technical nature because of their expertise in certain areas (forensics, DNA, molecular biology, IT, criminal law, etc.).

  • Volunteers at also produced an English language summary, which condenses the 427 page report into a pdf, just over 20 pages long, with page number references to the original report. Summary of the Massei Report
  • A witness by witness accounting of the testimony is also available here: Massei Trial
  • The report is a public document, available in Italian, from various sources, including here at The Massei Report

Massei Report

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