Don’t Travel to Italy

February 2, 2014

Amanda Knox, an American student, has been tried in Italy’s courts AGAIN! If you’re keeping score, she and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito were tried the first time for the alleged killing of her roommate, Meredith Kercher, and even though there was no concrete evidence, she was found guilty and sentenced to 26 years.

No one has yet explained why Knox was sentenced to 26 years and her boyfriend sentenced to one year less. And, notably, no one has explained why the confessed murderer and rapist, Rudy Guede, was only sentenced to 16 years, a full decade less than Knox who was never actually shown to be the murderer since her DNA was not found on Kercher’s body.

In the meantime, Rudy Guede, a native Italian, confessed to raping and killing Kercher and his DNA was found in her body but he was only sentenced to 16 years in prison and will probably be getting out this year, ten years ahead of schedule after serving only six years.

Meanwhile, Knox, served four of her 26 years for a crime that was never proven beyond a reasonable doubt, and she was proclaimed innocent in her appeal. The judges wrote that there was a “material non-existence” of evidence to support the guilty verdicts, and that an association among Sollecito, Knox, and Guede to commit the murder was “far from probable.”

In this country, you can’t be tried twice for the same crime. Had this rape and murder happened in the United States and she was acquitted of the crime, she would be free.

Italian courts operate very differently. In Italy, you can be tried again and again until they get a guilty verdict. And that is exactly what happened to Knox.

After being acquitted of a crime she still denies doing, she was tried AGAIN and this time she was declared guilty AGAIN. Of course, she will appeal it AGAIN.

I don’t know if it’s just the corrupt Italian courts, or if it’s because Knox is an American citizen that she keeps being called back to court and retried for the same crime after she was acquitted. However, now that I see the Italian justice system in action, I would advise everyone to cancel their travel plans to Italy because you never know if you will be allowed to go home.

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