Thanksgiving and Christmas are terrible times to be locked up, even when you’re guilty. For the many who are not guilty, it must be an especially sad and bitter thing.
Analysts, whoever they are, say that Amanda Knox has a good chance of acquittal on appeal in Italian courts. If so, I can’t help but believe that Italian courts have something on ours here in the US. Appellate judges here would never, ever take it entirely upon themselves to overturn a conviction in such a high profile case.
One other thing I’ll mention, because there is a relevant personal history: it seems to me that on those rare occasions when the criminal justice system gets its mitts on a pretty young woman, it tends toward a unique kind of venom and vindictiveness, likely due to over-compensating for any appearance of leniency, but no less objectionable for that reason.
In any event, I am going to take a moment to remember in some personally significant way all prisoners on this day, and ask my readers, all three of them, to do likewise.