In a bit of stunning, breaking news, Amanda Knox, better known as "Foxy Knoxy," the college student who went to Perugia, Italy and ended up in an Italian jail, accused of a crime she claims she didn't commit, has been ordered to be retried. That's right. A new trial in Italy. For the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher. The very same crime she and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were acquitted of in 2011.
Unbelievable, right? In the US, we have double jeopardy, which means someone can't be tried twice for the same offense. Apparently, in Italy, they have no such principle. Which gives us just a glimpse of the maddening nature of the Italian legal system.
I get that we have our problems in the US, and sure, sometimes there are cases we WISH we could retry (Casey Anthony), but by and large, our country believes you get your day in court and then move on. Not in Italy.
They seem to want to stalk Knox until the day she dies.
I have no idea what happened in that bedroom on the late fall evening in 2007. No one does. But I do know that Amanda and Raffaele were cleared in 2011 and free to leave Italy.
Amanda has led a relatively quiet life in Seattle (her hometown) since then, and she wrote a memoir, Waiting to Be Heard, about her experience.
People are fascinated by this story, since she is kind of an all American girl. For people who also studied abroad in Italy their junior year in college (myself and my sister), it's a sobering reminder of all the things that can go wrong. On the other hand, she made millions of dollars on the sale of her memoir, she is a mostly supported "celebrity" of sorts, and she likely won't be extradited to Italy even if she IS re-convicted of the crime.
The Kerchers are happy that this case is going to be heard again, but the likelihood that the US would ever extradite Knox is low, given double jeopardy. So it will cause a lot of stress and probably mean Knox won't be going back to Italy ever again in her life. But, as far as her everyday life, it might mean nothing.
The reality is, it isn't fair to make her continue to pay over and over and over for this. She either did it or she didn't. The idea that she has to live her whole life waiting for the other proverbial shoe to drop doesn't seem right.
Let the girl go free. Or don't. But don't waffle back and forth and meddle in her life forever. This just seems so wrong. Now it will be two years before we have any idea what happens next.
Do you think this is fair to Knox?
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