BREAKING NEWS MARCH 27: Italy’s highest court overturns Amanda Knox/Raffaele Sollecito murder convictions, closing legal saga. (SOURCE)
Several years ago I started reading and watching shows about the Amanda Knox case. Knox was the University of Washington student who was studying abroad in Italy. Her roommate, Meredith Kercher, was murdered in Italy on November 1, 2007. Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of the murder of Kercher. She was declared innocent after spending four years in an Italian prison. The story gets weirder from there.
Here’s a timeline of events from the pro-Knox website Injustice in Perugia:
- On December 4, 2009, Knox and Sollecito were convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher. They were sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison.
- On October 3, 2011, Knox and Sollecito were declared innocent on appeal and were released from prison.
- On March 26, 2013, the Italian Supreme Court overturned the acquittals and ordered the case back to the appellate level.
- On January 30, 2014, the appeals court in Florence reinstated the guilty verdicts for Knox and Sollecito. They were sentenced to 28 years plus and 25 years respectively.
- Knox and Sollecito have now appealed the guilty verdicts to the Italian Supreme Court and that is what we are waiting to hear about today.
- On March 27, 2015, Italy’s highest court overturns Amanda Knox/Raffaele Sollecito murder convictions.
One interesting fact is that a man named Rudy Guede was found guilty of murdering Meredith Kercher. In October 2008 Guede was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder. Later the sentence was reduced to 16 years on appeal and later confirmed by Italy’s Supreme Court. Judges believe Guede had help from Knox and Sollecito.
If you think the justice system in the United States is messed up, then one needs only to read the story about Knox and the Italian system to see how “wonderful” we have it in the good ol’ USA.
The Italian justice system is a freaking circus.
Soon the Italian Supreme Court will announce their findings, and that is when it may get interesting. You can read the Court’s options HERE. Knox now lives in Seattle and she may face extradition if the conviction is upheld.
Here is the dilemma (courtesy of Reuters):
Some say a “double jeopardy” U.S. constitutional ban on retrial for the same offence after an acquittal would stand in Knox’s favor, and that U.S. courts would frown on her having been tried in absentia.
Others argue the very existence of an extradition treaty implies that the United States accepts the Italian justice system, strengthening the case for extradition.
The U.S. State Department will get to make the decision on honoring the extradition request from Italy.
If it comes to extradition and since the Italian justice system fits most definitions of a “kangaroo court,” the United States should diplomatically tell the Italians to stick their request where the sun does not shine.