Amanda Knox fears “maschera di assessina”

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The trial of American student Amanda Knox has finally come to an end in Perugia, Italy and her fate, as well as that of her Italian boyfriend, Rafaelle Sollecito, rests in the hands of the Italian jurors. Knox and Sollecito were arrested and charged 2 years ago with the murder of Knox’s roommate, British Meredith Kercher. Both women were studying abroad in the small town in central Italy when the murder took place. During the past two years, the case has grabbed the attention of the Italian press, which has called her “Foxy Knoxy” and portrayed her as a “devil with an angel’s face” and a man-eater who brutally killed her roommate in a satanic sex game. Knowing the salacious nature of the Italian press and having seen some of the reporting on Knox, I can only wonder how the jurors, who saw and were familiar with Knox’s portrayal in the media, have remained impartial.

The case also brings to light the glacier-speed of the Italian judicial system. The murders took place two years ago, and Knox and Sollecito have spent the past two years in jail. The trial has taken place over the past year. Italy has routinely been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights for the average length of its trials, in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights which guarantees a right to a speedy trial. The length of civil cases in Italy can reach even 15 years. In fact, the Italian court system ranks a lowly 156 out of 181 countries.

The Italian system also has a different burden of proof than the American “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The defendant can be convicted even if some doubts remain; however these doubts then become grounds for appeal, causing the case to take even more time. This is a link to a good article on the Knox case.

The video is of Knox giving her final appeal to the Italian judges before the jury renders the verdict. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9pd8oeZ_5w&hl=en_US&fs=1&]

I also found this site (in Italian) that says that mugs and t-shirts have even been made with Knox on them and with the writing “Free Amanda.” The posting also says that profits from the sale of the gadgets is going to Knox’s parents to help with the cost of their trips to Perugia to support their daughter through this ordeal.

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  1. Chris Laven  January 4, 2010

    After having read some of the writings of Ms. Lundquist, I am happy to see that someone out there cares about us little people…keep up the good work!

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