Amanda Knox Convicted: ITALIAN Legal System Under The Microscope (BBC)

The title of a recently released BBC article is “Amanda Knox murder conviction SPURS DEBATE on Italian justice” (Web-site/URL:

“On Thursday (January 30, 2014) an Italian appeals court found American exchange student Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, guilty of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher”

“Joe Coscarelli of New York magazine  Italian law “TOTALLY INSANE“, as it allows a suspect to be tried multiple times for the same crime – a “double jeopardy” that is constitutionally prohibited in US law. He writes that Knox is “the poster child for NOT studying abroad“. There are TWO things to note here. First “totally insane” is A DAMNING CRITICISMSecondly note “the poster child for NOT studying abroad”. Knox thought that she was in HEAVEN when she met RAFFAELE SOLLECITO a guy who looks like HARRY POTTERIt would have been great if this story ended therebut instead they found themselves EMBROILED IN A SIX-YEAR MESS.

“The Atlantic’s Olga Khazan labels the case “an ILLOGICAL, clumsy disaster” that reflects POORLY on Italian justice”. “Judicial appointments in Italy are made through nepotism (favoritism), juries AREN’T PROPERLY SEQUESTERED and the courts are IN DIRE NEED OF REFORM. Prosecutors may have been right to pursue the case until they’re fully satisfied, but the BIZARRE, NEVER-ENDING SAGA that Knox’s case has become detracts from the legitimacy of the final verdict“. This is A DAMNING CRITICISM of THE ITALIAN LEGAL SYSTEM.

The Week UK‘s Andrea Vogt counters that American media are turning the murder of Kercher into “some sort of TWISTED REALITY SHOW, not a heinous crime being tried in a SERIOUS (?) European court of law. Frankly, it makes A MOCKERY OF the Italian magistrates who professionally managed this appeal, and who regularly risk their lives prosecuting the mafia in that very same courtroom. “Has American ARROGANCE ever been so bold? Have the western media ever been so complicit in such an orchestrated public relations sham?” WOWThis is a STRONG DEFENSE of the Italian judicial system from a BRITISH analystMost analysts in this country HAVE SYMPATHY FOR Knox..

“Assuming Italy’s highest court upholds the appeals court’s decision, attention will turn to whether the US will extradite Knox if asked by Italian officials. According to Harvard Law Prof Alan Dershowitz, that’s MORE LIKELY than many in the US media may think”. “He tells Mira Oberman of Agence France Presse“: “As POPULAR as she is here and as PRETTY as she is here – because that’s what this is all about, if she WAS NOT an attractive woman we wouldn’t have the group love-in – she will be extradited if it’s upheld“.  “popular…and pretty” SHOULDN’T mean anything unless we’re talking about GAO WEI (Web-site/URL: and CUI XILING (Web-site/URL: Gao USED A RELATIONSHIP to get into the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and took SIX years to complete a PhD while CUI took EIGHT while taking time to have TWO kids in 3.5 yearsThis is NOT good news for Amanda Knox.   

Finally, “The Guardian‘s Nick Richardson advises that as the case proceeds, everyone should take a look at their opinions and see if they are based in reality and not on biases and cultural stereotypes”. “We should be cautious in our aspersions or feelings about the verdict, lest they say more about US than they do about the case and if we do feel strongly one way or the other, we’d do well to ask ourselves if SOMETHING BESIDES evidence has a hand in our opinion“. THIS IS EXACTLY how GAO WEI & CUI XILING were admitted to CUHK; they were admitted because of “something besides” ACADEMIC MERIT.

To conclude, since Knox is an AMERICANwe must note that the ITALIAN justice system is DRASTICALLY different from the American justice systemIn addition to the fact that jurors AREN’T PROPERLY SCREENED FOR BIASthe MOST serious issue 


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