American Views of the Amanda Knox Verdict
Cornelius Edmund Sullivan
Before the TV interviews, the movies, and the books, describing the return of the vindicated college girl, it would be useful at this point to understand how the not guilty verdict has been received in the
There are two opinions that are widespread in the
If a suspect is not “Merandized”, read his rights, all of the proceedings may be thrown out, “You have a right to remain silent. Anything you say or do can and will be held against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney.” The defense may argue for a change of venue if a fair trial and impartial jurors may not be found in a particular location due to excessive adverse publicity. Both of these could have changed the original Knox trial. She was interrogated in a foreign language, I am told, for fifty six hours with out sleep. This signifies a naiveté on her part that looks like arrogance. The publicity was excessive and unreasonable. Even recently a lawyer, an officer of the court, said that Knox was a “she devil”. Was she on trial for being a “she-devil”? Sounds like a witch hunt.
It is not proper for me to offer personal opinions on the case. I am not a legal expert and am only a distant follower of the details of the case. I wish to present a broad cultural view of the events. I have noticed that people make up their minds about guilt or innocence right away. The puzzling facts are then made to fit into the scheme of what they have already decided. A stranger, a drug dealer confessed to the murder of Meredith Kercher. A police investigator has said that a you don’t have to look too far for motive with a young male, sex, and drugs. He said that Knox’s motive was never made clear. The body was covered by a blanket. Murderers do not do that. Those who care for the victim do. He speculated, and reaffirmed that it is just speculation, that Knox might have had a motive to cover up a life style of sex and drugs.
Sentiment will predominate in the movies and books, but mysteries will remain. The enduring story, as Mr. Willan has suggested, will be a look at the Judicial System in
O.J. Simpson was acquitted of Murder in LA on