Foxy’s bra-less court ap­pear­ances could sway judges, says ex­pert

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By REX ROW­LANDS

A LEAD­ING le­gal psy­chol­o­gist ex­pert says Amanda Knox will be cleared of mur­der… and it’s all thanks to her pointy NIP­PLES.

The Yank babe, 24, was con­victed in 2008 of killing Bri­tish stu­dent Mered­ith Kercher in Peru­gia, Italy, but a re­trial looks likely to see her de­clared in­no­cent.

And, ac­cord­ing to Mar­cella Capieze, it’s all down to the fact that her ex­citable chapel hat­pegs could well have swayed the judges.

Miss Capieze, 45, spe­cialises in the way court­room be­hav­iour, ap­pear­ance and tone of voice can af­fect the out­come of tri­als.

She reck­ons the more re­laxed a de­fen­dant looks, the more likely a jury or judge is to ac­quit.

And be­ing chilled out enough to have ex­cited nips will come across as a sure sign of in­no­cence for Amanda.

Miss Capieze, who works as a con­sul­tant for a top Naples le­gal firm, said: “It’s sim­ple psy­chol­ogy – if you look in­no­cent you’re more likely to be found in­no­cent.

“Hu­man be­ings re­act to a huge amount of stim­uli when we make de­ci­sions and a lot of them we aren’t even aware of.

“Every­thing from tone of voice to the way a per­son sits, walks or even raises an eye­brow can be at least as im­por­tant as the ac­tual ev­i­dence.

“Some­one waltz­ing into the court look­ing vis­i­bly ex­cited like Amanda shows that they are re­laxed – and prob­a­bly in­no­cent.”

Ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, the former stu­dent – known as Foxy Knoxy – will be re­leased in the next 60 days.

And even pros­e­cu­tor Manuela Co­modi agreed with Miss Capieze, say­ing: “The judge and his as­sis­tant are clearly against us. I can see her be­ing freed.”

Knox’s de­fence team claim she was only con­victed on flawed DNA ev­i­dence.

Leeds Univer­sity stu­dent Mered­ith, 21, was found with her throat cut and semi-naked in the house she shared with Knox.

Knox was jailed for 25 years along with boyfriend Raf­faele Sol­lecito who got 26 years.

The re­trial is ex­pected to reach a con­clu­sion by the end of the month.

Mar­cella ( top) and Mered­ith

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