Kercher CSIs Joked About Taking Crack to Stay Awake
More details emerge from Amanda Knox appeal
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2011 10:00 AM CDT
This photo released by the Italian Police shows 22-year-old British university student Meredith Kercher.   (AP Photo/Italian Police)

(Newser) – During Amanda Knox’s appeal, forensic professors testified that police made more than 50 errors while examining Meredith Kercher’s murder scene, from using dirty gloves to not changing their shoe covers. They also exhibited a “jovial unprofessional manner”—namely, they joked about taking drugs to stay awake, the Daily Mail reports. In official video shown to the court, one forensic officer says, “I could really do with some cocaine to give me a kick.” Another replies, “Don’t you mean crack?” and both laugh.

The crime scene investigators also appear to be confused at times over what equipment to use. But one former forensic investigation commander justified their behavior, noting that the probe took “hours and hours” and the officers were “just having a laugh and letting off steam.” Meanwhile, back in Seattle, Knox is continuing to celebrate her newfound freedom. In recent days she’s enjoyed takeout Chinese with her family, reunited with an ex-boyfriend, and even gone out on the town one night “undercover,” her father tells People.
 

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