ROME (AP) — Italy’s highest criminal court on Tuesday overturned Amanda Knox’s acquittal in the slaying of her British roommate and ordered a new trial, prolonging a case that has become a cause celebre in the United States.
Will this never end?
I’ve long been a supporter of Knox and her claim of innocence in this case.
Apparently the Italian court system doesn’t recognize double jeopardy.
I continue to support Knox, and wish her well.
I couldn’t urge her strong enough not to set foot in Italy in the future.
And our State Dept. and POTUS should state soon that any future Italian extradition request will be denied.
Washington US Senator Maria Cantwell should also quickly publicly
support Knox, as she has done for 3 years, and work to prevent any
possible extradition in the future.
I followed this case closely, and a blog entry on cannonruminations.blogspot.com is still relevant:
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Amanda Knox, Kafka’s The Trial and Camus’s The Rebel
Franz Kafka’s The Trial is a metaphorical novel of a man caught in a
bureaucratic maze of a totalitarian criminal justice system.
It’s an old metaphore on bureaucracies, and how these impersonal, top-down organizations smother the human spirit.
Albert Camus’s The Rebel is an existiential essay on what forces a
man to revolt; to proclaim his humanity in the midst of total
subservience to the state, or state bureaucracies.
As the appeal trial of Amanda Knox winds down by Monday, the Kafka and Camus writings bear reflection.
A young British student,Meredith Kercher, was murdered. That is a tragedy.
And an American attending college in Italy, Amanda Knox, was accused, and sentenced to 25 years for the murder.
In a surreal Kafka-like tale, Knox was accused of being a sex-obessed, drug-addled murderer.
The Peruiga prosecutor, Minini(?), is a character out of Kafka’s bureaucractic nighmare.
He needed to find the killers, or killer, and he focused in on Knox and her boyfriend.
Under normal circumstances, Amanda Knox should have revolted, Camus-like, as she faced this ordeal.
Instead, the past 3 years in the Italian prison has shown her to be the
opposite of the prosecutor’s protrait of a femme fatale, a she-devil.
How many of us would have reacted in such a calm manner?
The appeal decision is expected Monday.
The odds seem to be more than 50% that Knox will be found not guilty; and allowed to return home to the State of Washington.
That would be a victory for the human spirit; and a defeat for the deary, dark bureaucracies that make up our lives.