Amanda Knox, the convicted American murderess currently residing in a Perugia, Italy prison cell for the brutal murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher is appealing her conviction.
Knox returned to court on Saturday, January 22, 2011 with legal representation and family in tow and hopes by the end of the trial this year she will gain her freedom, but would she be any more likely to receive her freedom in an Atlanta court as she will be in an Italian one?
Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito became as famous for their outlandish behavior during the investigation and trial as they did for the death facts that were shared when the murder occurred in 2007.
Knox turning cartwheels as she waited in the police station and smiled for cameras at every turn, oblivious to the fact that her roommates murder should have prompted a more subdued demeanor–not a party face. Both Knox and Sollecito got physical in the police station as they awaited interrogation and in just about every other place cameras caught up with them at that time.
Sollecito and Knox were both eventually convicted two years later, along with another person named Rudy Guede, of the brutal murder of Meredith Kercher, a Leeds University student and roommate of Amanda’s in Perugia, Italy.
“Foxy Knoxy” as Amanda is called received 26 years (a stricter sentence than her boyfriends because she attempted to slander and implicate an innocent person during the investigation); her boyfriend Raffaele got 25 years. Guede’s sentence was eventually reduced on appeal, but he didn’t gain his freedom.
Atlanta would have convicted like Italy
Atlanta’s judicial system is much like the Italian one that convicted Amanda Knox: If Atlanta police were called to a grisly homicide scene in a home setting they, too, would look to potential foul play by the other home residents.
This is especially true when no obvious evidence of a strangers presence had been noted by any witnesses to the comings and goings in the area–and there were no thefts in the home had occurred to support the prowler premise.
Witnesses in Atlanta that place a roommate at the scene of the crime–at around the time the crime occurred–and a roommate who had known issues with the murder victim, will likely draw Atlanta PD suspicion too.
And if a homicide suspect told police a blatant lie to incriminate an innocent person as the guilty party, they wouldn’t look to favorably on that either, which is exactly what Amanda Knox did.
Add in all the other factors on this Italian murder case (DNA evidence, odd behaviors by the defendants, admitted drug and alcohol use during the night of the crime, etc.) and you can see that Atlanta would have been just as likely to convict the three parties at the home that night as the Italians did.
Justice to stand for Meredith Kercher?
Meredith Kercher is like other victims in Atlanta and elsewhere: she deserves justice for the horrendous crimes perpetrated against her. Amanda Knox is attempting to thwart the justice already served by having her legal representatives try to discount the evidence that convicted her of Meredith’s murder.
How many criminals of homicides in Atlanta have appealed their cases for the same reason? How many of them hoped to elude justice and get back out on the streets to do it again?
Should Meredith Kercher lose the justice already given to her once in Italy? Should the smiling American Amanda Knox get away with murder because she is an American? Will Americans rally to defend someone just because they hail from our country, regardless of evident guilt? Let us hope not.
References: AJC, My Fox LA
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