Rudy Guede will be having a High Court appeal trial to either confirm, revise or quash his fast-track trial conviction for his part in Meredith's murder. The appeal trial process in Italy differs to that in the US and UK, in that it is automatic and is opt-out by the convicted party, rather then the requirement being on the defendent to find grounds for an appeal and file. Rudy guede has not opted out of his automatic appeal and his lawyers have made it clear that he will be appealing. Currently, no date has been set, but will be at some point after the trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. This thread will house all future reports and data regarding Guede's appeal.
Already, some details of new probable arguments to be offered by Guede's defence are emerging:
Bolint wrote:"Guede’s appeal now before the Italian court hinges on an iPod.
During what has been hypothesized was some sort of late-night Halloween sex game where the 21-year-old Kercher was an unwilling participant, Guede maintains he was in the bathroom of the young women’s apartment.
While she was being killed with a knife, he was listening to music on iCarta, a toilet paper holder roll that doubles as an iPod dock.
Guede’s lawyers tried to head off what they thought might be viewed as a sort of Twinkie defense for the digital age in a statement to Italian media (below translation mine):
“It is nothing more than a confirmation of how some abnormal behaviors are apparently normal among young people today,” said laywers Valter Biscotti and Nicodemo Gentile. “Just as Facebook is their virtual world, they now listen to music everywhere, even in the bathroom. The marketing of such products implies a certain routine use.”
The statement was published without details on how the defense team might further the bathroom defense in court."