The Trial Of Sexual Assaulting And Murdering Meredith Kercher?

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Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito and Rudy Guede were accused of sexually assaulting and murdering British Meredith Kercher in 2007 . Meredith Kercher, a 21 year old exchange student was discovered in her bedroom at her flat, a post-mortem examination reveals evidence of sexual activity at some point before Kerche died. Police claims Kercher was murdered because she refused to take part in violent sex . In 2008, Guede was trialed separately and was found guilty of the murder. Knox and Sollecitio were trialed in 2009; Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison and Sollecito to 25 years. In October 2011, they were acquitted of Kercher’s murder but this was overturned in 2013, and Knox and Sollecito were found guilty for the second time in January 2014. Knox has been both demonised and celebrified in the coverage that followed her arrest and conviction for the murder of Meredith Kercher . She has been painted as both a villain and an innocent victim of a gross miscarriage of justice. Her guilt or innocence is not read in the evidence, but is instead based on her failure to conform to expected feminine behaviour; her character as a hedonistic, sex-crazed deviant confirms her guilt of the crime. Knox has been experienced a character assassination by the media, her identity dissected and reassembled from the discourses of femininity and criminology. The representations of Knox demonstrate the complex interplay between transgression and power. Power refers to a set of relations that change over time, which operates through knowledge. Discourse relates to systems of power, which shape what is known and how it is known by individuals and society. A transgression is a violation of a moral, social or legal code.
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Knox’s alleged crime is framed by social discourses in the courtroom and in media coverage. Women’s violent actions are predominately seen and understood through her female gender. A lack of vocabulary exists to examine and understand violent women, and thus these paradigms have a strict hold on our perceptions of the deviant women. Amanda Fox has been unable to escape her reputation as a sinister seductress, a femme fatale, and has experienced trial by media. Knox is deviant in her failure to conform to social and moral expectations of her feminine in gender – in emotional composure and sexual agency. The lenses used to examine and dissect Knox are tools used to affirm male dominance in society and “put women in their place” and deny them agency. The fear of unknowable femininity creates suspicion about the conduct of women and their hidden agendas.

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