Archive for March 2013
SEATTLE (AP) — Amanda Knox says an Italian court’s verdict overturning her acquittal and ordering a new trial is “painful.”
Knox said in a statement through her spokesman, Dave Marriott, it was “painful” that Italy’s highest criminal court ruled Tuesday that the case of her former roommate’s death must be reheard.
The Seattle native and her Italian ex-boyfriend were accused in the 2007 death of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher. Kercher’s body was found in her bedroom in the house she shared with Knox and other roommates in Perugia, an Italian university town where the two women were exchange students.
Prosecutors alleged Kercher was the victim of a drug-fueled sex game gone awry. Knox and Raffaele Sollecito denied wrongdoing. An Ivory Coast man, Rudy Guede, was convicted of the slaying in a separate proceeding and is serving a 16-year sentence.
Knox says she and her family will “face this continuing legal battle as we always have.”
Italian law cannot compel Knox to return from the U.S. for the new trial. The appellate court hearing the case could declare her in contempt of court but that carries no additional penalties.
Topics will include the Resident Deputy Program, The Shell Fish Protection District and the Pacific Beach Sewer Treatment Plant.
I was proud to work with Senator Murray, Representatives Larsen and DelBene, and the many stakeholders involved in helping to make today a reality.”
The citizen-driven effort to preserve this land has generated widespread, passionate support from the community. In February 2012, Cantwell, Salazar and members of the community held a public meeting in Anacortes to discuss federal efforts to preserve the land. In July 2011, Cantwell and Larsen held a community listening session in Friday Harbor to hear feedback on the effort to create a National Conservation Area. The effort to preserve the land is supported by Salazar, who visited the region in April 2011 to view the parcels proposed for protection and discuss the proposal with local stakeholders.
During the 112th Congress, Cantwell led legislation in the Senate with support from Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) that would designate the land a National Conservation Area. Larsen led companion legislation in the House. Earlier this month, Cantwell reintroduced her legislation again with support from Murray. Larsen and DelBene introduced companion legislation in the House.
Permanent protection of the approximately 1,000 acres of federally owned land ensures the land remains in its current state and publicly accessible, despite higher use. The federally owned lands include over 60 locations that range from pine forests to lighthouses and are visited by more than 70,000 people every year.
LONG BEACH – Local, state and federal agencies are responding to an approximately 20-foot boat that washed ashore today on the Long Beach Peninsula in Pacific County.
Agencies are evaluating whether the boat was swept into the Pacific Ocean during the devastating tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011. The boat is also being inspected for potential aquatic invasive species. No oil or hazardous materials have been associated with the boat.
Officials from the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission ask that the public stay clear of the boat so the state Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) can take precautionary actions including steam cleaning the vessel and removing potential invasive plant and animal species.
In addition to State Parks and DFW, agencies coordinating in the response are the Pacific County Department of Emergency Management; the Emergency Management Division of the Washington Military Department; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The multiple agency effort is focused on coordinating any actions that might be necessary to protect public health, safety and the environment, and on working with the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle to find out if the boat came from Japan and to locate its owner.