GMA: Amanda Knox Faces New Trial
Amanda Knox is facing another trial for murder. Eighteen months ago, it looked like she was acquitted. Now, the highest Italian criminal court has overturned her acquittal and it’s back to trial. The story began in Italy, where American Amanda Knox studied abroad. Her British roommate was found murdered and Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were put on trial for the murder. The case became a media sensation, not least because of salacious claims by the prosecutor that the victim’s death was the result of games and Satanic rituals gone wrong. The trial’s fairness was widely questioned. Crowds outside the trial also widely believed a murderer had gotten away. Amanda Knox maintains her innocence, calling the new ruling “painful.”
GMA: Sabrina Bryan Dancing With the Stars
Sabrina Bryan, a former Dancing with the Stars contestant said that she thought Kellie Pickler and Zendaya were the best in the competition. She said that Kellie Pickler had lines that professional dancers often have. Zendaya has been the favorite in the competition since last week.
Lara Spencer asked Sabrina Bryan if Zendaya’s age hurt her. Sabrina said that Zendaya’s fan base might, since so many of them go to bed before the voting period begins. She said she also thought Zendaya had to work to stay in the competition, because she started at the top and unless she keeps her game up, people might not vote for her. Sabrina said that she thought Lisa Vanderpump would go home. Even though D.L. Hughley isn’t doing so well with the judges, she said that she thought he’d hang on.
GMA: Arthur Ashe Courage Award
Robin Roberts will be honored at the Espy Awards with the Arhur Ashe Courage Award, an award which honors people who succeed against overwhelming odds. The award is named in honor of Arther Ashe, a tennis player who used his celebrity status to champion various causes and who brought AIDS into the spotlight when he announced he had it and, only a year later, passed away from it.
In the past, the award has honored Mohammed Ali and Billie Jean King. But the award isn’t just for athletes. In 2002, the award was given posthumously to Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Tom Burnett and Jeremy Glick, the four passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 who led the passengers in an attack against the 9/11 hijackers who had taken control of the flight. Their plane was the only plane of the four hijacked planes on 9/11 which didn’t reach its target, instead crashing into a field in Pennsylvania. Robin Roberts said that Arthur Ashe was a good friend of hers and that he once told her that when her career is over, if all people can say about her is that she’s a “pretty good” broadcaster, she hasn’t done her job.