It's hard to believe it's been over four years since this whole Amanda Knox/Meredith Kercher mess began. Seems like less. Or more. I don't know. Who can even tell anymore? All I know is that every few months, Amanda and her case make their way back into headlines, and this is one of those weeks. With good reason.
Yesterday, as closing arguments continued in Knox’s murder-conviction appeal, Carlo Pacelli, the lawyer of Patrick Lumumba, the bar owner Amanda accused (aka was pressured by cops to accuse) of killing Kercher, referred to her as a "lying, sex-loving she devil."
But he didn't stop there. And what's worse is that to defend her, one of the defense lawyers then described her as a super sexy, sort of slutty Disney character. Oof.
Giulia Bongiorno told the court that Knox isn’t the "femme fatale" prosecutors are describing, but instead a loving and faithful woman -- you know, just like the strapless dress-clad, sex pot cartoon character Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Then Bongiorno, who is actually the lawyer for Raffaele Sollecito (Amanda’s ex-boyfriend and co-defendant in the murder), explained that Knox -- like Ms. Rabbit -- "is not bad, she’s just drawn that way."
This, of course, was a retaliation against Pacelli's "she devil" comments, and the fact that he also asked the court to judge Knox “based on her personality when the crime occurred in November 2007,” rather than the image of a tired young girl who has spent four years in jail. He continued, when Kercher was murdered, Knox “was a concentrated mix of sex, drugs, and alcohol” who “loved strong emotions and dangerous games." Clearly, Jessica Rabbit was the only obvious defense.
This case is turning into a joke, a circus. It's an over-the-top media spectacle where the star is a pretty young thing and the tertiary characters are getting more and more outlandish, almost as if they're trying to hold on to their 15 minutes of fame. What kind of professional lawyer refers to someone he's accusing of murder as a "sex-crazed she devil"? And what kind of moron has a jackass rebuttal like a "Jessica Rabbit" reference? It's ridiculous.
This case needs to end, and it needs to end swiftly. But since the odds of that happening are slim at best, it should at least be less publicized. Because it seems like all this attention is starting to mess with people's heads.
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