Media scramble to get in, get a view (or a ladder

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Feeding time at the pinnacle ITS hit 5:30 pm on Tuesday for the 150-some reporters, producers, cameramen and technicians from Various media outlets who HAD descended on the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for Amanda Knox's return. By Erik Lacitis Seattle Times staff reporter

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Media members from around the world jam into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Thursday for Amanda Knox's nineminute news conference.

Feeding time at the pinnacle ITS hit 5:30 pm Tuesday for the 150-some reporters, producers, cameramen and technicians from Various media outlets descended on who HAD Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for Amanda Knox's return. It lasted about nine minutes, and then she was gone. The reporters May jokes about the Entire Situation Among Themselves, but, at the Same Time, it was covered live everywhere. There was Stefano de Paolis, the New York-based correspondent for ANSA, an Italian news agency. He watched the media stacked three deep and four people at a corner of a building at the south end of the airport by shuttle buses Normally used. The airport HAD arranged some barriers and put in a corner in That Lectern and loudspeakers. "There is an amazing interest for the American public," said de Paolis. "All the local and national TV people are here, and the print version, and photographers." Of course, like every other reporter, he hoped to interview Knox. He Called Dave Marriott, the Seattle publicrelations man who's been to Knox family spokesman for the past four years. De Paolis joined a list of 50 to 60 media outlets That HAD contacted Marriott, who says he even read hadn't Their requests. Even David Letterman's show was On That List. "I think there is business going on," said de Paolis about who'd get an exclusive interview Such. De Paolis will now be looking to interview Knox's friends, and whoever Might have some interesting nugget of information.

Some reporters HAD landed in Seattle only hours before the news conference. And even some Were on Knox's plane. They Had to scramble. There was Eirik Mosveem, New York-based correspondent for the newspaper VG in Norway. He was waiting for His photographer, who HAD run off in a rented car to a nearby Home Depot to buy a stepladder know His view of Knox would not be blocked. Then? "Hopefully, I will speak to some people," he said. That Meant That, If You Were Part of the general public and one of four or Were I HAD who arrived with a welcome sign for Knox, You Were guaranteed to be interviewed endlessly. By the time the plane landed Knox and the news conference started, maybe there Were 50 onlookers, many of Them People who just happened to be at the airport. But Stephanie Torreblanca, 21, of Auburn, was one of Those Who HAD how to greet Knox. She Had driven to the airport with her fiancé, George Sanchez, and a 2-by-3-foot sign That had a handdrawn border of green stars and the message, "Welcome home Amanda Knox." "I thought more people here Would Be there with signs. I'm surprised," said Torreblanca, a criminal-justice major at Green River Community College who HAD Studied the Knox class houses. She Took Being interviewed by one stride in a television crew after another. "Lots of people, lots of cameras," she said, not minding the examination quotes repeating again and again. In some cases, feeding time for the average Began very early. Perry Cooper, spokesman for the airport, said he Received a call at 2 am Tuesday from the ABC "Good Morning America" crew, which effectively needed to give a live report at 5 pm East Coast time. They wanted to set up closer to the actual airport. Cooper said he Told Them, sorry, They Had to stay in the designated area average. With little news to report about what was there was elasticity in Considered even mini-scoop. Christina McLarty, New York correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," had started her day at 4 in the morning. At around noon, she was filing reports to That "source" at all three networks HAD her Told They All "had reps in Italy angling to Get That first interview." It did not Appear HAD worn the day her. "It's the pound of makeup," McLarty said. When Knox finally made her appearance, it Looked bit like a rock concert. Cameras whirred. Were cellphones held high in the air to take photos and videos. She was cheered.

Then it was over and the media Quickly Were left to make some kind of report out of it all. Just inside the south-entrance doors at the airport, a man named Oscar Bailey Worked customer service at one of the shuttle companies. Yes, he HAD gone outside and taken photos to post on His Facebook page. But Also he talked about a regular sight That stays with HIM. It is wounded soldiers returning from That of Afghanistan or Iraq or some other battle zones. "I See Them coming through here all the time, some of crutches or casts in Them," Bailey said. "We pick them up and take Them to Fort Lewis." He said he was happy That Amanda Knox was free. But he asked why the soldiers on crutches did not get this kind of coverage at the airport. By the way Bailey smiled, he Already Knew the answer. Erik Lacitis: 206-464-2237

Italian judge: Knox May Know 'real truth' in homes
The Italian judge who was part of the jury acquitted Which said Wednesday the American Amanda Knox and her exboyfriend Might know the "real truth" about her British roommate who Killed. By FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press

Amanda Knox speaks in Seattle

ROME The Italian judge who was part of the jury acquitted Which said Wednesday the American Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Might know the "real truth" about her British roommate who Killed. Judge Claudio Pratillo Hellmann said in a television interview to state That "maybe" the two defendants know what Happened in the 2007 slaying of Meredith Kercher in the flat the two women shared in Perugia, the Umbrian town where They Were student. Hellmann, who was one of the eight jurors Also, said "the real truth Could be different." But based on trial evidence, the jury acquitted Them, he said. In Italy, the presiding judge is part of the jury, along with another judge, and Six Civilians.

In His first public comments since Knox and her Italian co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, Monday night Were acquitted, the judge stressed on TV That was the verdict was the fruit of the "The Truth That Was created in the trial." "But the real truth Could be different," Pratillo Hellmann added. "They Could Also Be Responsible, but there Is not the proof." "So maybe They Know, too, but as making as we (the jury) go, They Did not," he added. Knox and Sollecito Speaking of, Hellmann Pratillo Told the interviewer: "I felt emotion Because They Are two young people who suffered, justly or unjustly, I repeat, we can never say with certainty." Knox and Sollecito have denied wrongdoing in Kercher's vehemently murder. Knox flew home to Seattle on Tuesday, her first full day out of jail since she was Arrested A Few days after the murder. Sollecito was resting at home His family, His lawyers said. Asked who Knew the Truth about the slaying, Hellmann Pratillo Referred to a third defendant, Rudy Guede, who was convicted of Kercher's murder in a separate trial and is serving a 16-year sentence in Italy. "Certainly Rudy Guede" knows, he said. "I will not say he's the only one to know," the judge added. Referring to Knox and Sollecito, who Were Both sexual assault and convicted of murder in a trial the lower court, the judge said That "maybe the two defendants Also know" What Really Happened, but "our verdict of acquittal is the result of the Truth That was created in the trial. " Guede, of the Ivory Coast, has denied wrongdoing but has acknowledged being wellness in the house When Kercher was slain. The court in convicting Guede Indicated In Its Ruling That he committed the murder along with someone else. But it never said who That Was. The judge Knox and Sollecito Described as "two kids barely In Their 20s, normal, like so many of today's (youth). Indeed, They Were polite, composed, put to the test and matured by this kind of experience." The judge added That Kercher's family has "all my human compassion." "But we can not assign responsibility (for a crime) with high Such a penalty solely to ease the suffering of These parents," he said. The prosecution sought HAD Convictions and sentences for Knox and Sollecito life. Knox HAD Been Sentenced to 26 years in prison by the lower court trial, while Sollecito HAD Been Given 25 years. Might Pratillo Hellmann's comments hint at the explanation for the verdict the appeals court Which must put in writing Within three months. Then the prosecution can decide if it wants to appeal the verdict to Italy's top criminal court. That tribunal, the Court of Cassation, the acquittals Could Either uphold or throw out the verdict if it Should find some technical error, paving the way for a second trial appeals. Pratillo Hellmann and dismissed a suggestion the jury That Might Have Been influenced by the "media circus" surrounding the trial. "You have to Rely on your own conscience," he said. "If you are at peace with your conscience, the media circus Does not have the least impact."