Amanda Knox had been an awkward, overweight kid with acne before her trip to Italy, a recent article in Rolling Stone reports. She never dated until age 19. Yet one is to believe that a few short months after her arrival in Perugia, she had slipped into drug addiction, enthusiastically engaged in bizarre sex acts, and committed a depraved murder. According to Italian prosecutors, it was when her roommate, Meredith Kercher, refused to participate in a drug-induced orgy that Knox (or “Foxy Knoxy,” as the media called her) was alleged to have participated in viciously stabbing her over 40 times and then slitting her throat. With the Italian appeals court overturning the convictions, one would have thought the case over. After all, the appellate court detailed the extensive shortcomings and mishandling of the forensic evidence, upon which the prosecution had relied so heavily in persuading the jury to convict.
But, in March, Italy’s highest court overruled the appellate judge, and ordered a new trial. Unfortunately for Ms. Know, two years after returning to the U.S., under the Italian criminal justice system there is no “double jeopardy” impediment to re-trying her. Indeed, the re-trial began on September 30th. The entire case now appears to hinge on the amount of Kercher’s DNA on a detected on a knife recovered from the home of Raffaele Sollecito, Ms. Knox’s boyfriend at the time. Ms. Know has decided against returning to Italy to refight the case. Apparently, re-victimization by a kangaroo court is a peril better experienced from outside its jurisdictional reach. Following any conviction, the Italian government could seek Ms. Knox’s extradition. However, it’s unlikely the federal government would assent to Ms. Knox serving a sentence meted out by a medieval court for a conviction based on primitive forensic collection methods and flawed testing.
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