Sunday, February 2, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2707: Amanda Knox's Guilty Verdict - Italian Jurors' Body Language (VIDEO, PHOTO)

In this image, Italian Judges and five lay-jurors are shown during the reading of the most recent guilty verdict of Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the 2007 murder Meredith Kercher. If one looks at the jurors (those not in black robes), all but one are displaying a variation of the fig leaf. This nonverbal configuration, otherwise known as "genital guarding" (feeling vulnerable and therefore protecting one's genitals) is consistent with low confidence. Indeed, their body language is that seen by those who are guilty and appearing on the other side of the judge's bench. At this moment, these jurors are experiencing low emotional comfort. They either do not believe Amanda Knox and/or Raffaele Sollecito are guilty or have significant reasonable doubt. Thus it is highly suggestive they are acting under pressure or upon orders of a higher authority.

See also:

Negotiation and Leadership Secret # 415:  When is it Appropriate  for a President to Stand in the "Fig-leaf"?

Negotiation Secret #593: Projecting and Detecting Confidence, George Clooney and Ryan Gosling

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2313: Elisa Lam Video in Elevator at Cecil Hotel - What Her Body Language Tells Us ....

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 1706: Amanda Knox Interview after Guilty Verdict

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2633: Abigail Hernandez, Missing N.H. 15 year old, Body Language Clues