Photo courtesy Amanda Knox family
An inaccurate news report is circulating that says Amanda Knox will give a TV interview, according to her step-father, Chris Mellas.

UPDATE: Article on Amanda Knox's TV interview inaccurate

An article appearing in the British Newspaper Telegraph's online edition that Amanda Knox will appear on a TV interview is inaccurate, according to Amanda Knox's stepfather, Chris Mellas, reached in Perugia, Italy by the West Seattle Herald. Such an interview would be of great interest as it would be the first time Knox would have spoken to the public since her murder conviction of her college roommate, Meredith Kercher. Knox is currently serving 26 years in prison for the murder. She is appealing that verdict.

The Telegraph's reporter, Nick Pisa, writes that Knox will appear on TV, and that one of Knox's lawyers is against it. She is scheduled to make her first public appearance June 1 when she goes on trial in the slander case, brought based on her accusation that the police hit her during questioning.

"The (Telegraph) article is trying to create a controversy out of nothing," Mellas told the West Seattle Herald by phone. "This is a non-issue because there was never a June 1 date set for an interview. There was a request for an interview, but it has been denied by the Ministry of Justice. They are in charge of making this decision, not a judge, because the case is sort of in limbo. There is currently no judge assigned. Otherwise it would be up to a judge whether Amanda would be permitted an interview.

"Pisa wrote that one of Amanda's lawyers, Luciano Ghirga, was completely against the interview and that her family was pushing for it," added Mellas.

"What really happened was that Amanda wanted to have the ability to speak for herself. As far as her family is concerned, whatever Amanda wants, big deal. Why not? We will support it. When we get a new judge, that judge will decide if an interview is permitted.

"if the judge allows it, we will not receive any money from it."

The head prosecutor, Giuliano Mignini, who prosecuted the murder trial of Ms. Kercher that landed Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito in prison, is scheduled to prosecute a new slander case against Knox. She accused police of hitting her in the head when they first questioned her for 15 hours at the police station. Mignini was in the room during the questioning. The defense is crying foul, and believes such a trial would be unfair as Mignini is trying to pile on more years to Knox's 26-year sentence she received from his case during the verdict. He had stated publicly he wanted a life sentence for her.

Late edit

On June 1 a preliminary hearing takes place to decide whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial. All cases in Italy have this process.

"At that pretrial, Knox's lawyers will ask that Mignini be removed along with (assistant prosecutor) Manuela Comodi, and also the Judge Claudia Matteini," said Mellas. "They have all been involved in the case. Italian law states that they cannot be involved in her cases anymore.
Italian law states that you can deal with someone only one time, then it has to be a different judge and prosecutor."

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Where is Steve Shay's Brain?

Speaking of inaccurate articles....
Anyone who reads what Nick Pisa actually wrote will understand that this is just one more example of the kind of drivel that a member of the FOA is attempting to pass off as journalism. I know this is just a local paper whose readers have been driven away by the nonsense Shay spews time and again, but seriously: this is ridiculous. I actually am beginning to question Shay's fitness for his chosen line of work.
Is there an editor over at the newsdesk who checks Steve's work or supervises him in some way? Or is he just some rogue amateur who is now running the place from his home?

Guest @ May 16, 2010 - 6:18pm

Don't like it? Don't read it. It is a much better policy than you coming here and whining.
Mr Shay is doing an excellent job, in my opinion. Others I have asked are also impressed with Shay/WSH and their tenacity in reporting on the case.
Quite honestly, it is something to the effect of David and Golaith, and I can't wait for the rock to find it's mark.

Reading Comprehension

I left Steve awhile ago - he's relying on Mr. Mellas' brain now. I see it is failing them both.

Heather Coy

What happened to my comment? This is fishy.

Article

What's inaccurate about this article? Nothing. Don't claim the article is inaccurate then not give examples. This article speaks the truth. It's unfortunate that the truth does is not convenient with the guilters out there just looking for more "evidence" of Amanda's guilt or her family's so-called profitting from the media, which is also a flat-out lie.

Look for the truth instead of living in your lie, guilters. Wake up and fight for justice. Meredith got her justice when Rudy Guede was convicted. There's no justice in having Amanda and Raffaele, and their families, tortured by this freak of nature, the disgraced and convicted Giuliano Mignini.

The Truth Shall Set Them Free

"if the judge allows it, we

"if the judge allows it, we will not receive any money from it."

What does this mean? Does it mean the parents will not receive money and Amanda will? So people in prison for murder can be interviewed and paid for it`?

"What really happened was

"What really happened was that Amanda wanted to have the ability to speak for herself"

Ummm.. I thought we and the Italian judges and jury already heard enough from her, enough to convict her of the murder of Meredith kercher. Or this time, do you think we will hear the truth of who murdered Meredith Kercher and an apology for the false accusation of Patrick Lumumba?

Steve, who told you she was

Steve, who told you she was questioned for 15 hours? Are you a reporter or do you get your information only from Chris Mellas? Is Seattle such a backwater journalists don't know how to a bit of research on their own? What is it with this newspaper and this 'journalists'?

Your comment Heather

Comment threads are tied to specific article titles. Your comment is still there. The story was retitled when we determined that the Telegraph story was inaccurate.

West Seattle Herald

Excellent reporting

Thank you Mr. Shay, for your accurate reporting. You have been doing an excellent job in your articles and it is much appreciated. There are those who attack you and many others for speaking the truth. But these people are the same ones who attack everyone with their extreme hate and insane anger. With your help, the truth will come out and justice will prevail. God bless you.

Steve - Any idea where that

Steve -
Any idea where that Pisa character is getting his info from?
These BS stories/leaks usually coincide with another announcement from the court.
Any ideas about what's going on?

So... is this not true?

So... is this not true? maybe you could research this , Steve??

Texas runaboutThe Knox family have hired PR consultant David Marriott from their home town of Seattle in Washington. He has been at the centre of the negotiations with US channel ABC and Mediaset, the Italian TV company owned by billionaire controversial Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The identity of the British company is not clear but it is thought to be an independent film company who have been given favourable access to the Knox family while making a documentary screened earlier this year on More 4.

A source at Mediaset said: "We have been pushing for an interview with Amanda and we are in talks with her PR consultant but it's all been kept very secret."

According to sources

According to Amanda's step father Chris Mellas four hours ago (4:46 PDT), PR consultant David Marriott is not in the center of negotiations and is not involved in any way in any TV interview at any time involving Amanda Knox.

West Seattle Herald

I wish it were true

I'd love to hear what Amanda has to say about this debacle. She and Raffaele are 100 percent innocent, they were not present when Meredith was brutally murdered, and keeping them locked up only serves to drag out this case and deepen the hardship on everyone involved. They are paying the price for Mignini's dirty fantasies.

Speaking of inaccurate

The Telegraph article says nothing about an interview scheduled for June 1st. Mellas and/or Shay really dropped the ball on this one. Either that, or they are intentionally trying to misinform the public.

And Piza's article has a direct quote from Amanda's lawer:

Luciano Ghirga said: "There are talks going on with three TV companies, one from America, Italy and Britain but I'm not sure which ones.

"It's all being handled by the parents and the PR man that they have hired in America – to be honest I am not in favour at all and I would not advise it but they seem to be pretty insistent."

Are Mellas and Shay really implying that Nick Piza would deliberately fabricate a quote for a Telegraph article?

What is laughable about

What is laughable about Mellas's quotes is that it is quite clear that Amanda's own lawyer has sternly advised against the interview and he can't contradict that. Ghirga gave a direct quote to Pisa; "Amanda Knox's Italian lawyer Luciano Ghirga said: 'There are talks going on with three TV companies, one from America, Italy and Britain - but I'm not sure which ones."

The only reason a lawyer would do that is because they feel it would be harmful to her chances of a successful appeal. But they blithely ignore the expert advice to go after the money which is what *negotiations* are about despite this flammery. Amanda is driving it because she knows she has to cash in for the sake of her family whom she has destituted before her currency fails after the two appeals are exhausted. But her family should be getting her to abandon this idiotic course of action in keeping with her lawyer's advice...

And here's the rest of that

And here's the rest of that telling quote from Amanda's own lawyer;

"'It's all being handled by the parents and the PR man that they have hired in America - to be honest I am not in favour at all and I would not advise it but they seem to be pretty insistent.'

Also, I have no idea where the June 1st comment comes from - that's not in Pisa's article. Since it's not actually in the article I wonder what on earth this piece and Mellas are going on about. June 1st is Amanda's next appearance in court on criminal slander charges for her story of having been hit by Italian cops. She faces 6 years.

Neither the Daily Mail nor

Neither the Daily Mail nor Telegraph articles say she is to be interviewed on June 1st. That is the day her defamation trial begins.

Where does NIck Pisa get his information??

Luciano Ghirga said: "There are talks going on with three TV companies, one from America, Italy and Britain but I'm not sure which ones.
"It's all being handled by the parents and the PR man that they have hired in America – to be honest I am not in favour at all and I would not advise it but they seem to be pretty insistent."

That's a direct quote from Amanda's own lawyer.

Can we have Steve Shay and Chris Mellas' sources?
Can they please cite where Nick Pisa says she's being interviewed on June 1st?
I see no proof or even reasonable argument that the Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail have printed anything but the truth here.
Just what do they think they're doing?

Deletion frenzy in 5...4...3...2...

Can't Believe My Eyes & Ears

I'd always thought Seattle was a little too well educated to have much use for 'provincial' mindsets like Shay's.

I'll never understand how this rather declasse family from White Center managed to hoodwink so many Seattleites.

Alas, Amanda had 11 months of open trial to "tell all" - I think she's just missing the spotlight now that it's all over.

Behold the narcissism of a bona fide sociopath, and the ceaseless acquiescence of her (now penniless) enablers.

I hate it when they

I hate it when they selectively delete comments from posters who believe that Amanda Knox was rightfully convicted.

"June 1 when she goes on

"June 1 when she goes on trial accused of slander after she accused police of hitting her during questioning."

If the murderess lied about been hit by police than this would be further prove against her and it can't be good for her chances at the appeal which no reasonable person expects to be successful anyway.

Amanda Knox should not have killed Meredtih Kercher.

I predict that after all three murder trio members have both their appeals failed that it will be Raffaele Solecitto who will start to incriminate Amanda Knox for what she did to the English girl.

Heather Coy says: Amanda

Heather Coy says:

Amanda Knox did not kill Meredith Kercher. In fact, she was not even there. How do you explain Amanda's part in a murder, in which there appears to have been a struggle, and her having left not one trace of herself in that room where it occurred? Really, there is no explanation for that other than the simplest one. She didn't take part in this murder, despite hateful attempts from people to label her as a murderess and have her locked away for years. She does not deserve to have her life destroyed to protect the reputation of a prosecutor and investigators.

injustice in perugia dot org to see the evidence

I question the wisdom of

I question the wisdom of giving favorable exposure for a convicted murderess in exchange for her corporation.

If some one want to know the facts about the crime perpetrated by Amanda Knox, they would be better advised to consult the Courts Motivation Report as to way she was convicted unanimously.

Is Knox or any relative or associate given payment or other forms or benefits/consideration apart.

Why does the US media never ask the tough questions that are asked elsewhere about the case.

Surely not every US journalist is corrupt.

"Amanda Knox did not kill

"Amanda Knox did not kill Meredith Kercher."

You are mistaken.

The guilty verdict was unanimous.

The murderess is likely to lose both appeals as well.

Did you read the sentencing report.

You might want to type "True justice for Meredith Kercher" into your favorite search engine and read about the case.

I did.

Amanda Knox was rightfully convicted after a fair and detailed / lengthy trial.

Amanda spoke and wrote the

Amanda spoke and wrote the words that she was present when Meredith Kercher was murdered. While Amanda was proclaiming her innocence in the days after committing the heinous crimes, why did neither she nor Edda Mellas make the simple comment that Patrick Lumumba was innocent and falsely accused? If Amanda did not want to be judged by the Italian justice system, she should not have committed egregious crimes in Italy.

"injustice in perugia dot

"injustice in perugia dot org to see the evidence"

Do you know that the above site is run by the convicted murderess' associates?

Hardly a place where you can get independent and objective information from.

The other Guest

The other Guest wrote:
"While Amanda was proclaiming her innocence in the days after committing the heinous crimes, why did neither she nor Edda Mellas make the simple comment that Patrick Lumumba was innocent and falsely accused? "

I am only speculating but my take on the matter is that Amanda Knox and Edda Mellas might have thougth that it would be a good idea to get Patrick Lumumba charged and convicted for a crime he did not commit and for which Amanda Knox was ultimately sentenced to 26 years in prison for.

"Photo courtesy Amanda Knox

"Photo courtesy Amanda Knox family
Report suggests Amanda Knox will give a TV interview June 1, her first appearance since her murder conviction. "

Is this web site in bed with Amanda Knox?

The cash outlay is a CHOICE

The cash outlay is a CHOICE the Knox-Mellas clan made. They need to get jobs besides panhandling.

I would like to see an

I would like to see an interview with Amanda. One of the most powerful videos on the case is 'Amanda Knox - The Interrogation In Her Own Words'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_qaiMmfwk0

In a tape conversation Edda

In a tape conversation Edda Mellas the mother of the convicted murderess Amanda Knox asked her daughter if she was there.

Amanda Knox confirmed to her mother Edda Mellas that she was there.

Why does Edda Mellas say her daughter was not there when her daughter Amanda Knox told her that she was there?

Just curios.

""The (Telegraph) article is

""The (Telegraph) article is trying to create a controversy out of nothing," Mellas told the West Seattle Herald by phone."

What?

Who is running the FUD campaign?

It was the supporters of Amanda Knox a convicted murderess who keep creating the Fear Uncertainty and Doubt campaign with the help of some very odd characters.

How many books has Candace

How many books has Candace Dempsey sold so far.

Her blog was pure fiction, I have not read her book but I can not imagine that it correlates to the Judges report too well.

Does anyone know how much money Candace Dempsey made from this tragedy so far?

This the first case that I know of where the defend and her supporters have gone to the length to publish a book as part of the PR campaign in support of a convicted murderess.

""What really happened was

""What really happened was that Amanda wanted to have the ability to speak for herself. As far as her family is concerned, whatever Amanda wants, big deal. Why not? We will support it. When we get a new judge, that judge will decide if an interview is permitted. "

I am strongly opposed to giving all this support to the perpetrator of a brutal crime while giving no consideration to the person Amanda Knox murdered.

""It's against the law for

""It's against the law for Mignini to hear the case, but he is doing it regardless," said Mellas. "Mignini is not allowed to act as prosecutor because he is being called as a witness.""

Is Edda Mellas all of a sudden an expert on Italian law?

Was it not Edda Mellas who said she does not speak Italian when asked why she did not tell anyone that Amanda Knox had informed her that Patrick Lumumba was not there?

Does Edda Mellas want it both ways?

www.westseattleherald.com www

www.westseattleherald.com

www.westseattleherald.com has once again deleted comments of people who believe that Amanda Knox has been rightfully convicted, in a fair trial, for the murder of Meredith Kercher.

Amanda Knox did receive justice, even though I believe she should have received a much harder sentence and she should not have been awarded damages for the publication of information about her.

If she had not killed Meredith Kercher, she would never have been awarded damages.

The system should be changed so that criminals can not profit from their crimes.

The evidence against the murder trio is conclusive.

Jeff B. Amanda Knox is NOT

Jeff B.
Amanda Knox is NOT to to blame for Lumumba's arrest

"While Amanda was proclaiming her innocence in the days after committing the heinous crimes, why did neither she nor Edda Mellas make the simple comment that Patrick Lumumba was innocent and falsely accused? "

Let’s assume for a moment that Amanda Knox is innocent and was telling the truth when she said that the police suggested Lumumba and then badgered and tormented her all night until she made a confused and incriminating statement about him.
If Amanda wasn’t involved and was not at the house, then she didn’t know who did or did not kill Meredith Kercher. How could she have known the cops were lying and Lumumba was innocent? As far as she knew, he could have been involved. All she knew was that she had nothing to do with it. And even if she HAD known, the cops were calling her a liar and wouldn’t believe anything she said anyway.

Think about it logically. If Amanda Knox is innocent (and I’m sure she is) then you can’t blame her for what happened to Patrick Lumumba.

"How do you explain Amanda's

"How do you explain Amanda's part in a murder, in which there appears to have been a struggle, and her having left not one trace of herself in that room where it occurred? "

Why where there no finger prints of Amanda Knox in her own room?

Answer: Amanda Knox cleaned her room just like she cleaned other parts of the house.

Why would anyone else but Amanda Knox clean up Amanda Knox's room?

Answer: No one but Amanda Knox could have a motive to clean Amanda Knox's room.

A good explanation was given by Judge Micheli in Rudy Guede's sentencing report.
The Judge explained in great detail that one one but Amanda Knox could have had an advantage from cleaning the murder house.

This web site reminds of a

This web site reminds of a failed web site which also made comments which did not support the fiction of the blogger disappear.

Looks like Pisa got it

Looks like Pisa got it straight from Amanda's lead attorney....who advises against such an interview for Amanda's sake.

Patr, Are going to post the

Patr,

Are going to post the link for the now invisible posts?

Heather Coy

What in the world are you talking about?

"Answer: Amanda Knox cleaned her room just like she cleaned other parts of the house."

So you are saying that Amanda, who, if you believe one prosecutor's theory, was supposed to be stoned and possibly even drunk (in a drug-fueled rage) then cleaned the entire crime scene but left all the DNA evidence of Rudy Guede? How did she know how to do that? Even if she hadn't had any drug whatsoever? She must have really studied up on how to commit a crime, because that sounds impossible to me. But then we are supposed to believe that it was not premeditated. They just arrived, and killed someone, and then did the most astounding cleanup imaginable. So your belief is that she cleaned not only Meredith's room, but the entire house?

"Speaking of inaccurate

"Speaking of inaccurate articles....
Anyone who reads what Nick Pisa actually wrote will understand that this is just one more example of the kind of drivel that a member of the FOA is attempting to pass off as journalism. I know this is just a local paper whose readers have been driven away by the nonsense Shay spews time and again, but seriously: this is ridiculous. I actually am beginning to question Shay's fitness for his chosen line of work.
Is there an editor over at the newsdesk who checks Steve's work or supervises him in some way?"

I can understand your valid concerns.

Good Article

Good stuff Steve. You have consistently covered this story fairly and well. I wish we had more courageous newspapers like yours here in Michigan.

The reaction here by some of the lynch-Amanda-at-any-cost crowd is a further example of something I have observed for some time now: without question the most psychopathic and sociopathic commentary on this case comes from denizens of Amanda's home town. It pleases them to act as if Amanda's defense team never put on a case. There seems to be no falsehood they won't fabricate or repeat. No accusation is beneath their dignity.

Intellectually and factually those who maintain Amanda's innocence won the battle long ago. The so-called confession is a police-induced hallucination. The key witnesses against Amanda were grotesquely unreliable. The physical evidence--every single bit of it--all points to Amanda's innocence. The incompetence of the Italian police and their willingness to distort and mischaracterize the significance of their findings is an acute insult to serious law enforcement officers everywhere. If there were true justice in this world Patrizia Stefanoni would be in jail for perjury.

Patr

"Your comment Heather

Comment threads are tied to specific article titles. Your comment is still there. The story was retitled when we determined that the Telegraph story was inaccurate.

West Seattle Herald"

I understand, especially since this is not the first time that this was done on WSH.

How do people access the posts regarding "Comment threads are tied to specific article titles. Your comment is still there."?

Where do I click to read them if they are still there?

Loosers from PMF are trying

Loosers from PMF are trying to hijack another comments section. They're the worst. Frustrated group of people. Get a life. Knox is innocent and you know it.

Rabbits

Is it possible to post pictures of rabbits in this thread?
I like to attack and bully people and then hide behind pictures of bunny rabbits.It sheilds me from being seen as the true self opinionated bully that I am.
Oh dear here I go again, I'm such a girly swot aren't I everyone!

That's what they do there,

That's what they do there, at PMF. They are pathetic, agressive, frustrated and most of all, delusional. They live in their own world, where they have this GOAT that is called Amanda Knox. It gives them maximum pleasure to bully her, call her a b.tch, or a nut, or post a pictures of her on the electric chair. Harry Rag is one angry person, so full of hate.

Rabbits, I just tested

Rabbits,

I just tested posting pictures.

It looks like you can not have he pictures display in this thread as it will show up as a link.

Linky to older comments,

Linky to older comments, please, West Seattle Herald?