It is being reported on June 28, 2017 that Amanda Knox’s ex- partner-in-crime, Raffaele Sollecito has been denied compensation for wrongful imprisonment – again. This was Sollecito’s second trip to the courthouse after an initial trial on the same claim was rejected last February. The Italian judges in the first court stated that the reason for the denial being the fact that Raffaele lied to the police.
It is being reported on June 21, 2017 that former football star O.J. Simpson has a parole hearing set for July 20, 2017. Simpson is serving a 33 year sentence for his part in an armed robbery and kidnapping in 2008. Nine years into his sentence, he is now getting a chance to be paroled.
On Friday June 16, 2017 Michelle Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. A sentencing report is being prepared and will be announced in a hearing on August 3, 2017. Carter will be sentenced as an adult and faces up to 20 years in the state prison.
It was reported on June 2, 2017 that a 26-year-old man who helped his cousin and his cousin’s girlfriend via text to execute the girl’s mother is sentenced to nine years in prison. Three years ago Robert Bibbs coached his cousin Tommy Schaefer and his girlfriend Heather Mack before, during and after the murder of Mack’s mother – Sheila von Wiese-Mack from thousands of miles away. Bibbs was in the Chicago area while murder took place in a luxury resort in Bali.
Sitting quietly in the courtroom of Taunton District Courthouse at nine A.M. a packed audience, comprised mainly of journalists, jumps up duteously. His Honor has entered the room. Massachusetts Taunton District Court, a newly constructed building, opened in 2011. Bright, clean, sunny and spacious, the ambience seems intended to help placate its visitors; the masses of unfortunate souls who pass through the glass enclosed entrance many enduring the darkest times of their life. A trial concerning a suicide strikes a collective nerve.
On Thursday, June 8, 2017 the fourth day of Michelle Carter’s trial to determine whether she will be convicted for involuntary manslaughter continued. The prosecution called three witnesses, two state police electronics experts and the medical examiner.
Michelle Carter is in court this week being tried for involuntary manslaughter for influencing 18-year-old Conrad Roy into committing suicide in July 2014. There is more than one reporter live tweeting the trial and some very interesting information is being shared.
One new revelation is that Carter chose to not have a jury in her trial but only a judge decide her fate. Another new insight is Carter has her own mental health issues that she was seeing a therapist for at the time of Roy’s suicide. This was new news to the prosecutor who seemed skeptical about it.