It is being reported that the oft maligned Italian prosecutor in the Meredith Kercher murder case, Giuliano Mignini, has been cleared of all charges of alleged misconduct.
“The court’s ruling finally settles the long debated question of Mignini’s record: He has no abuse of office conviction, and there is no longer any active investigation into such allegations.”
This is a huge blow to Amanda Knox‘s defenders who have written countless articles, commentaries, memes and social media messages accusing him of being corrupt and abusing his position.
Mignini was the initial prosecutor on the Meredith Kercher murder case. There have been several others since him. He was one of the senior members that were the first to inspect the crime scene on November 2, 2007, the day Meredith Kercher’s body was found covered in blood in her bedroom.
As the public prosecutor in Perugia, it was Mignini’s job to find and convict the murderers: Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito, and Rudy Guede. For performing his job, Mignini bore the brunt of cyber-abuse from FOA (Friends of Amanda) who have had him in their cross-hairs for the past seven years that this case has been active.
Some of the more fervent followers of the ‘cult of celebrity’ surrounding Knox have gone so far as to physically confront the prosecutor during a courtroom break and scream insults in his face for simply doing his job.
Journalist Andrea Vogt writes, “Giuliano Mignini was made into a convenient media villain when a high-profile American was being tried across the courtroom from him . . . on trumped up allegations that have since fallen unceremoniously to the wayside.”
He was also cleared of any wrongdoing with another case mentioned frequently by pro-Knox people, The Monster of Florence case.
With his name and reputation reaffirmed to be in excellent standing, Mignini should have no problems winning any future court battles. Last year it was announced that Mignini had filed a lawsuit against Italian Magazine Oggi for printing libelous statements Knox had made in her memoir which was only published in the U.S. Although he had not read her 463-page tome yet, he confirmed that he would press charges against Knox if he found that she had made similar libelous statements in her book.
The Seattle area press has been excessively favorable to the convicted murderer apparently due to the powerful influence of her public relations firm Gogerty Marriott based there. Some Washington state news venues have openly attacked Mignini and the Italian judicial system. A SeattlePi article wrote, “Bizarrely, the prosecutor infamous for threatening journalists in the Monster of Florence and Knox cases, claims he’s “always reluctant to take these measures.” He calls the few phrases quoted in Oggi ‘beyond the pale, “libelous and just plain false.’”
Although most of the attacks on the Italian prosecutor have been in English language, Mignini is well aware of them. He commented about the situation in a 2011 Guardian piece, “‘ , , ,our judicial system has been subjected to a systematic denigration by a well-organised operation of a journalistic and political nature.'”
Those who have maligned the Italian lawyer in the media should be hard at work, scrubbing away any misinformation they have published about him, like an assassin cleaning up a bloody crime scene in the dead of night, or they too could face similar lawsuits.
This is only the latest indication that things are not going to turn out well for Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito when the Italian Cassation Court hands down its verdict on their final appeal in March 2015.