Criminology Case Study: Meredith Kercher
Criminology Case Study: Meredith Kercher
The case study of The Meredith Kercher case is the topic of discussion. The study involves principles related to international criminology and diverse perception on a case of varying judicial and legal implications. The case and the legal procedure of the Italy court highlight how Americans may be portrayed in high-profile cases.
On November 2, Meredith Kercher, a British study abroad student, was murdered brutally, her throat slashed under a ‘blood-soaked duvet cover” at Perguia in her shared cottage. Amanda Knox from Seattle, Washington, Kercher’s twenty-year old roommate was identified as a suspect. In 2009 the Italian court found Knox, her boyfriend Rafael Sollecito and Rudy Guede guilty of Kercher’s murder (Mirabella, 2014).
Rudy Guede, a drifter, was the primary offender and led to the reversal of Knox and Sollecito’s prosecution which turned to favour Amanda and Soillecito. Rudy 's DNA was found in Kercher 's purse, sweatshirt and also touch DNA in her body. These evidences were strong and overwhelming to prove his crime. He had fled to Germany and was extradited back to Italy.
The Mysterious Death of Chandra Levy The mysterious murder case of Chandra Levy wasn’t just an ordinary case, but a tragic story about the death of a young woman that would make headlines throughout the nation because of a scandal involving an important political figure. Chandra Levy moved from California to Washington D.C. during her last year of school for a paid internship at the Federal Bureau of Prisons. There, she worked in the division of public affairs and in 2001 her academic eligibility had ended and her internship was terminated. She was supposed to return to her home for her graduation in May, but she went missing and was never seen nor heard from again. The mystery behind her disappearance had two theories involving U.S congressman
Criminal investigators are still doing DNA testing to see if they can find out if they can solve this case (42). The investigators have been using a chemical test to so if there could be a palm print on the ransom note. DNA experts have also been using examining clippings from JonBenet’s fingernails for genetic material. Detective Lawrence Schiller has written a novel called, “Perfect Murder-Perfect Town.”
Seen happily attending Halloween parties with her friends the previous night, Meredith Kercher was tragically murdered sometime after 8:30 on the evening of November 1st. After receiving a call about a supposed break-in the next morning, police found Kercher's body wrapped in a blanket with a slashed throat. During the trials following this investigation, main suspects Amanda Knox, the victim's roommate, and Raffaele Sollecito, Knox’s boyfriend at the time, maintained innocence while the night of November 1st became a point of intense controversy. The evidence the police found, though much of it deemed unreliable, was used to prove Knox guilty in the first two trials; the third and final verdict, however, acquitted them of their crimes due
Have you ever wondered if a murder case has the same outcome as every other murder case? The answer to that question is no. The reason for this is because each case has different outcomes depending on certain topics throughout the trial. These topics include the trial setup, the evidence presented, the society attitude, and the important events that took place while the case was occurring. After comparing two different murder cases, the West Memphis Three trial and Casey Anthony trial, one can learn that the influences happening throughout the society and how well the evidence is presented will help predict the outcome of the case.
The Casey Anthony Trial In today’s society it is very hard to lead a private life when we live in a world where news is quickly and easily made accessible for the world to see with the constant advancement in technology through the use of cameras, smartphones, the internet and also an increasing media influence to ensure that no is safe from public scrutiny. The Casey Anthony Trial is an example of a recent controversial murder case that received such public scrutiny. It seems everyone has their opinion of the trial, whether they believe Casey is innocent or she is guilty, but come July 2008, the world knew who Casey Anthony was and there was no going back for Casey. Furthermore, this paper will address Casey Anthony’s murder trial starting
Risk/need/ responsivity and criminogenic needs is a model developed to create intervention programs for offenders. The risk level is based on the risk factors that contribute to an offender who can possibly re-offend. For high risk offenders an intensive intervention treatment would be put in place to lower the risk or to completely eliminate the risk altogether. Low risk offenders in most case will not get any treatment because the risk level to re-offend is very low, but resource will always be available if needed per request. In Sally’s’ case; her criminogenic needs would be to first address the fact that her boyfriend is an abuser that is struggling financially with her and often encourages her to drink, she has no family or community
While a few theories are not as regular, others have developed and are utilized as a part of numerous criminal reviews today. Cutting edge criminologists consolidate the most important aspects of sociology, psychology, anthropology, and biological theories to advance their comprehension of criminal behavior. Rational choice theory, psychological, biological, and strain theory are used to analyze the
Deterrence and the Death Penalty: The Views of the Experts. The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology (1973-), 87(1), 1. doi:10.2307/1143970 This article was written by Michael L. Radelet and Ronald L. Akers. They both consulted experts on criminology and criminal behaviour to evaluate the effectiveness of the Death Penalty.
But again in 2005, Steven Avery was arrested for the murder of Teresa Halbach, a 25-year-old photographer. His arrest gained media attention quickly due to his previous arrest and his family being on the news defending her son for being falsely accused. Many civilians have questioned his arrest and are involved with this case along with his 16-year-old nephew Brendan dassy, who was also accused of murdering Teresa Halbach. This essay will conclude with the evidence of why Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey are not guilty of the Teresa Halbach murder.
Third, I will explore Farrell 's critique of Hayward 's article and consider his arguments made in response to Hayward 's conclusions. Fourth, this paper will engage in its own critique of both Hayward 's and Farrell 's work and conclude with which article makes the most compelling argument. Tenets of Rational Choice Theory and Situational Crime Prevention Rational choice theory originated in the Classical School of thinking as it is based on the ideas of utilitarianism, which states that individuals make decisions that provide the greatest pleasure, as well as the ideas of free will and rational thought (Farrell and Hodgkinson, 2015). According to Farrell and
Students in the criminal justice department are taught that our main objective in the justice system and our careers is to serve and also protect those involved in our community. For as long as I can remember, my goal in life has been to provide service by protecting and serving those who are close to me. My penchant for service is what eventually led me to the Criminal Justice program at Valdosta State University. This passion for service began at a very young age when my life was turned upside down when I relocated from Puerto Rico to the state of Georgia due to a tragic car accident that led to the end of my father’s life. This sudden change of lifestyle and heartbreak came with an extreme amount of struggle and culture shock not just
There are many different modes of criminological thinking and two of those are Cultural criminology and administrative criminology. Both of these concepts are vastly different to each other which Mike Presdee delves into in Cultural Criminology: The long and winding road (2004). According to Presdee (2004), administrative criminology “denies and rejects the importance of culture and lived experience in the commission of crime, preferring instead to concentrate on the pseudo-scientific analysis of criminal behaviour” (Presdee, 2004:276). Administrative criminology has been fabricated as overdetermined descriptive criminology which is disconnected from any sort of social or human interaction.
We encounter evidence of both consensus and conflict models at all stages of the system. Causes and social impact in Criminology Alongside, there is also criminology in which has a different stance than criminal justice. Criminologists are dedicated to studying not only the causes of crime but the social impact as well. It is the study that attempts to better understand what motivates the criminal to act in such a criminal manner.
For the past few years Amanda Knox, Kertcher’s roommate, had been accused of her murder. (Amanda Knox Murder a Conviction Overturned) In Rafael sollecitos' apartment, Amanda Knox’s ex boyfriend, there was a kitchen knife with both Knox’s and Kertcher’s DNA on it. With this being the only evidence investigators had, Amanda and Raffial were thrown in jail. (How much does Italy owe Amanda Knox?