Tag: Amanda Knox

Italian Jobbed

One thing I appreciated from murderess Casey Anthony is that she had the good sense to get lost. Knowing that she got away with murder, and everyone knew that she got away with murder, she had thanked her good fortune and decided not to rub our nose’s in it by making a public spectacle of herself. I was hoping that Amanda Knox would follow suit. Although I am in the minority (thinking she and her squeeze was complicit in Kercher’s death)she came back to a hero’s welcome. And considering both her and her family are up to their neck in debt, a quiet secluded life was not in the cards. And considering how much litigation is a foot (Kercher family suing Knox for wrongful death, Lumumba taking his suit to the European Court of Human Rights, Knox’s parents charged with criminal slander by Italian court and must appear back in Italy early next year, and the forensics specialist that got her DNA work thrown out is suing everyone for damages to her reputation) Knox can’t avoid the spotlight.

We are also learning about her 4 year prison stint, and how her prison guards not only took inappropriate liberties, but resorted to clearly actionable behavior:

ABC News reported the American exchange student claims she was subjected to numerous incidents in which prison officials took liberties with her in a below-the-belt manner: On one occasion, a male guard broke policy and entered her cell alone and made sexually-based remarks; another incident consisted of a high-ranking authority at the prison calling her in his office for a late night meeting in which he wanted to talk about sex.
Most shockingly, the 24-year-old said she was falsely told she was HIV Positive by prison officials, who forced her to compose a list of all the sexual partners she’d had — a list that was subsequently leaked to Italian media and published.

What a bunch of perv’s.

I was always under the impression that Italy was a civilized country, but what are male guards doing watching and supervising female prisoners? Do doubt the sensationalism of the case (and the fact that she was American) proved too much for the any expectations of normal stay, no, she got the full treatment. And that HIV stunt, what bastards, that hand was played purely for sadistic reasons. We all knew that Knox was a “player”, and the list that she felt compelled to compile was probably single spaced, but the whole process (and linking the list to the press), those guys are no better then some Sharia court.

The article mentions the possibility of legal action in this manner, but a trip back to Italy would be required and many Italians are fuming mad about this whole sordid affair, thinking that “Foxy Knoxy” got special treatment because she was an American.

In the earlier thread Poosh had mentioned that the judge was either being brought up on charges or was convicted of corruption, but the Knox trial and how it was adjudicated does not put the Italian judicial process in a good light. And now this stuff we learn about those masochistic prison guards. I know Italy is little better then Greece wrt their debt problems, but they have been around for a while, what would Lucretius, Seneca, or even Gaius Julius think about what their nation has evolved into?

Knox Released


In a ruling read to a tension-filled courtroom, an Italian jury on Monday cleared Amanda Knox of murder and other charges, nearly four years after she was arrested on suspicion of having killed her roommate in this picturesque Italian university town.

There was an audible gasp in the courtroom as the verdict was read, then an eruption of emotion, prompting the judge to call for silence. Knox herself was nearly hysterical, according to CNN’s Matthew Chance, and had to be assisted out of the courtroom by two people.

I’ve been casually following the case and I my opinion was been expressed by Bill James: nothing will restore your confidence in the American system of criminal justice than watching that of another country. This seemed a case built more on sensation and innuendo than evidence.

But I’m interested in your opinions. Murderess or victim?