Friday, March 20, 2015

Part 2: Amanda Knox & the Murder of Meredith Kercher

Part I of this is here

On March 27, 2015, this most ridiculous prosecution came to a much needed end. Italy’s highest court, the Supreme Court of Cassation, overturned the murder convictions of Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. All charges were thrown out and thus this tabloid courtroom drama, which had been ongoing since 2007, ended. The case was expected to go the other way. Perhaps the battle Italy was facing with America persuaded the court to bring this farce to an end. American constitutional law was going to go head to head with our extradition treaty with Italy over Knox because Italy had continually violated the protections of our double jeopardy clause. Perhaps no one would want to go to Italy on vacation, much less to school, if they could look forward to being tried over and over again for one imaginary scenario after another if the prosecutor took a dislike to a particular person (read that as "woman").  Amanda Knox is shown glued to the phone on the day of the decision in her native Seattle.

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