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Wednesday
Oct032012

First Witnesses Called for House Hearings on Benghazi

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has written to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to call two witnesses for its Oct. 10 hearings on what went wrong at the diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

Per the committee, they are:

-- “Regional Security Officer Eric Nordstrom was stationed in Libya from September 2011 to June 2012."

The Department of State provided Mr. Nordstrom to the Committee for a briefing, where he confirmed for the Committee the security incidents cited in the letter, and confirmed that the mission in Libya made security requests.

-- “Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs Charlene Lamb is an official in Washington is involved in reviewing security requests.”

In the committee’s letter to Clinton, chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., writes that the “hearing will examine the state of security at the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Libya prior to the assassination of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and his colleagues on September 11, 2012. Witnesses should be prepared to provide a five-minute opening statement and answer questions posed by Members.”

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Tuesday
Sep062011

Amanda Knox Prosecutors May Seek Second Review of DNA Evidence

Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images(PERUGIA, Italy) -- Italian prosecutors indicated Tuesday they are considering asking for DNA evidence in the Amanda Knox trial be tested yet again with enhanced techniques that were not available at the time of the 2007 murder of Knox's roommate.

Prosecutors raised that possibility as their case has been shaken by a panel of DNA experts who said key DNA evidence was improperly handled and analyzed and was likely contaminated.

Any request to retest the DNA would come at the conclusion of testimony by DNA experts who have been battling over the credibility of the evidence used to convict Knox and sentence her to 26 years in prison.

Prosecutors say there are new techniques that would be able to test the tiny amount of DNA that is available and that the court-appointed experts who carried out the independent DNA review of the evidence should have carried out these tests.

It isn't clear whether prosecutors will make the request or whether the judge would grant it, but the prospect of another round of testing would greatly delay a ruling in Knox's appeal, and possibly prolong her imprisonment by several months. That prospect would be a blow to the 24-year-old Seattle woman who has gotten her hopes up that her ordeal could be coming to an end.

"Well, I think it would be unfortunate as it would mean more time before Amanda gets out," said Knox's stepfather Chris Mellas, who was at the appeals hearing Tuesday.

Knox's father Curt Knox, who was also at the hearing, said his daughter has been encouraged by the way the appeals hearings have been going.

Knox and her ex-boyfriend, 26, were convicted in 2009 of killing Knox's roommate, British exchange student Meredith Kercher, while the two women were attending a semester of college in Perugia, Italy. Knox and Sollecito have been in prison since shortly after the 2007 killing.

More forensic experts are scheduled to take the stand when the hearing resumes Wednesday.

A verdict in the appeal could be handed down in late September.

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