Third trial’s the charm? On Thursday afternoon, an Italian court found Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito guilty of the murder of Knox’s British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in 2007.
The court sentenced the American to 28 years and six months in prison for the murder of Meredith Kercher. Amanda Knox did not attend the retrial, but kept up to date on its proceeding from the comfort of her house in Seattle, where she’s lived since her sentence was overturned in 2011 for “lack of evidence.” It’s unlikely that the U.S. will extradite her to back Italy where she previously spent four years in prison, but she’ll never be able to vacation in Tuscany again. CNN
Scarlett Johansson has chosen carbonated water over humanitarianism. The 29-year-old actress is cutting ties with Oxfam after eight years as an ambassador for the humanitarian group. At the centre of the breakup was Johansson’s support for the Israeli company SodaStream. The company, which makes home soda machines and home beverage carbonation systems, has a factory within the section of the West Bank that was won by Israel in 1967 but is currently claimed by Palestinians. Oxfam is 100% anti-Israeli settlement trade but Johansson says she is a “supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine.” Also, she likes money. Johansson is to appear in a high-profile SodaStream ad during the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. The Toronto Star
Georgia Republican Jack Kingston’s dream has come true: no one gets a free lunch! Bonus: children’s tears. Children at a Utah elementary school were in tears on Wednesday after they had their meals taken and thrown away because there were outstanding balances in their accounts. The district’s child-nutrition manager decided the best way to deal with the large number of parents who still owed money for lunches was to withhold food from the children. And because cafeteria workers could not see which children owed money until after they purchased something, they had to physically take away the children’s lunches in front of the whole school and throw them out. Geez, couldn’t they at least have let the kids work it off? Perhaps sweep the cafeteria floor? Raw Story
Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may have to prep himself for the death penalty. Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced they will seek the death penalty against 20-year-old terrorist if he is convicted in a trial this year. “The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision,” Holder said in a statement. Which is fancy speak for “you deserve to die”. Tsarnaev has been charged with about a million things including Conspiracy to Use A Weapon of Mass Destruction Resulting in Death. Hopefully, for Tsarnaev’s sake, if his case ever does make it to death row, they get that whole lethal injection drug mishap under control – otherwise I’d think I’d rather go by bomb. Huffington Post