By Calvin Palmer
The conviction of Amanda Knox for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher has not gone down too well in America, with suggestions that anti-American sentiment rather than justice was at work during the trial
On ABC’s Good Morning America show, renowned criminal lawyer Ted Simon and Vanity Fair contributing editor Judy Bachrach attacked the verdict and the Italian justice system.
Simon said the “lack of evidence is both compelling and profound”. He added that Knox was convicted of murder despite the fact that there was “no sweat, no saliva, no DNA of Amanda Knox” in Kercher’s room.
Bachrach said, “Although constitutionally, theoretically the individual is innocent until proven guilt in reality that is not the case… If you are accused you will very likely going to be convicted if it goes far enough.”
Knox “didn’t have a chance” because “she is an outsider”. Bachrach said, “If you are an outsider, a foreigner, you don’t know a lot of famous powerful people you are sunk.”
In a statement, Sen Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) said: “I am saddened by the verdict and I have serious questions about the Italian justice system and whether anti-Americanism tainted this trial.
“The prosecution did not present enough evidence for an impartial jury to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that Ms Knox was guilty. Italian jurors were not sequestered and were allowed to view highly negative news coverage about Ms Knox.
“Other flaws in the Italian justice system on display in this case included the harsh treatment of Ms Knox following her arrest; negligent handling of evidence by investigators; and pending charges of misconduct against one of the prosecutors stemming from another murder trial.”
Knox, 22, from Seattle, and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 25, were convicted last week of the murder of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher from Coulsden, Surrey.
Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison. At least she can be thankful that she is not facing the death penalty. Capital punishment was abolished in Italy in 1948.
Had Knox committed the crime in Texas, Florida or a host of other states, she could well be sitting on death row. However, given that she is white and from a good family, she probably would have been given a similar sentence to the one handed down by the court in Perugia, Italy.
The thing that amazes me is the notion that America has the best judicial system in the world, maybe it is if you have money and influence. In that respect it matches the criticisms leveled at the Italian judicial system by Bachrach.
The decision reached by the Italian jury is what it is. The verdict may not be the one many Americans wished for but to criticize the Italian judicial system for reaching that decision borders on juvenile.
Critics of the verdict also appear to forget that Knox was a co-defendant. Her former Italian boyfriend Sollecito was also found guilty. Does that verdict mean the trial was also anti-Italian?
Knox’s parents are hoping Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will intervene.
Curt Knox said, “Now I do want the government involved and I would be very, very disappointed if they did not get involved.”
Looks like you are headed for another disappointment, Curt. Your best bet is that the case goes to appeal and even then there is no guarantee that you will get the verdict you desire.
It could well be that your daughter IS guilty of the charge. Get over it.