Curt Knox and Edda Mellas were the proud parents of a little girl named Amanda Knox who would grow up to be accused, convicted and sentenced to 26 years in an Italian prison for the brutal murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007.
Prior to their daughter Amanda Knox’s arrest, Curt Knox and his ex-wife Edda Mellas gave a joint interview to Britain’s Sunday Times in which Curt Knox alleged Amanda was abused physically and verbally by Italian police during questioning.
Those words sparked a libel suit in Perugia that reached its zenith on Tuesday, Feb. 15 when both Curt Knox and Amanda Knox’s mother Edda Mellas were indicted and will be required to stand trial themselves in Italy on July 4 of this year.
Amanda Knox’s parents have been very vocal in their support of their convicted murderess daughter and their belief that she is innocent of all charges in the brutal slaying of Meredith Kercher almost four years ago.
But it is one thing to be a staunch defender of your daughter’s alleged innocence and quite another to accuse the police who investigated the case of being dishonest and guilty of abuse–without a shred of proof.
Proof is the one thing that Curt Knox and Edda Mellas have pontificated about being nonexistent since the Amanda Knox case first began to take shape. Yet it is speaking out in a very public way without proof themselves that has resulted in their own indictments now.
In America we use the phrase “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” It would appear that Curt Knox and Edda Mellas have forgotten that phrase, attempting to use one line of reasoning “irrefutable evidence is necessary” when referring to their daughter’s case and legal action against her, but wanting to leave that part out when making accusations against Italian police.
They can’t have it both ways, however. What is good for the goose really is good for the gander as well.
Amanda Knox’s parents crossed the professional and legal line when they make public accusations about their daughter’s interrogators in Italy without evidence to back up those allegations, since they were associated with the convicted murderess.
It would have been one thing for an unbiased bystander to say such things in the press; quite another for someone related to a participant in the case.
Curt Knox and Edda Mellas continued publicly attacking the Italian police wherever they went — and made efforts to discredit them in the media in the U.S. more forcefully, which was bound to raise the ire of law enforcement in Italy in particular, and the Italian people in general.
Where Knox and Mellas went most wrong — and will hurt their own daughter the most — is that they took up the very weapon they allege was used against Amanda: an allegation based upon no substantiated proof.
Why would two people who claim that jurisprudence demands irrefutable evidence of guilt then attempt to try their verbal case in the court of public opinion without it themselves?
Because they obviously realize that Italy does have evidence against Amanda Knox that did justify her guilty verdict and thought mud slinging to the contrary would free her.
That might work in America (mud slinging done to muddy criminal trial waters), in which defense attorneys sometimes manage to help the guilty party to go free.
But a guilty person’s release in those instances is due to enough innuendo and trumped up allegations about police and the judicial system hearing the case that it gets thrown out of court–or the jury finds for the accused. And, like I said, usually just in America.
That approach is obviously not going to work in Italy, where now Amanda Knox’s own parents will face the letter of the law on July 4. And I don’t think it is going to be an Independence Day they will soon forget.
Curt Knox and Edda Mellas have also now hurt their daughter’s appeal chances by their own lack of evidence to support their allegations against the Italian police.
How can anyone in America take them seriously now, when they took issue with real evidence found at the scene of a crime but they can’t produce any evidence to support police brutality other than saying that their Amanda said it was so?