It appears from press reports to be all but certain that Amanda Knox will come out of the Italian Justice system a convicted murderess. It is at least equally certain that this is the wrong result.
The British tabloids have been braying for Knox all along for their own reasons, but I suppose it’s notable that the lowest of the low in British tabloids are still more than a cut above the Arizonan uncivilized mob frenzy surrounding Jodi Arias.
In the latest installment, in any case, the Daily Mail is spinning some kind of last minute filing by Rafaelle Sollecito (Knox’s former Italian boyfriend), also in the dock, as being a “brutal” act of distancing himself from his former lover to save his own skin. That’s quite a dramatic characterization, but hardly seems to fit: most of what they quote is pretty much what Sollecito has been saying all along.
The Mail article does not say, but as I recall Sollecito must be in prison back in Italy. That adds a level of pressure not present for Knox at the moment: Knox fled at her first opportunity, and apparently will go back to an Italian prison only if extradited by the United States pursuant to treaty:
If convicted [that is the all-but-certainty we have been discussing – ed.], Knox could face immediate extradition proceedings and her supporters fear the worst.
One supporter told MailOnline they were prepared for what would be the ‘greatest miscarriage of justice’ that has ever happened to a US citizen.
Well, that last part would seem to be hyperbole. There are worse injustices. And very similar ones. Mostly we do it to our own citizens. Does that make it better, or worse?
Or does it matter at all?
The high court judge at the hearing this week will either uphold the convictions definitively, or send the case back for another appeal, or potentially on to a different section of the high court.