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Wed., Oct. 5, 2011, 3:41 a.m.

Amanda Knox walks free…

David Horsey,,
David Horsey,,

Good morning, Netizens...


As of yesterday, Amanda Knox is once again home in Seattle, free from the Italian prison system that held her for over four years under what some was flimsy forensic DNA evidence. The Italian Appeals Court found enough evidence to dismiss all charges against Knox, although that ruling is already being appealed to the Italian Supreme Court. Where that goes, nobody knows. All I know is the appeals process cost her family a veritable fortune which is not as it should be. However, such things happen, both in Italy and the United States every day. It costs a lot of money to go to court, at whatever level you want.


Today's Cartoonist David Horsey depicts Amanda Knox stumbling forth from the horrific labyrinth of the Italian Court system and my first thought was how similar the news media have treated both Amanda Knox and Casey Anthony in Florida. By nature we tend to be insatiably curious about young women, especially if they have been on trial for particularly sordid or salacious murders. Yesterday, the national, regional and international news media created a traffic jam outside Seattle's airport, and to what end? We do not know any more about what took place in Italy now than we did before the sensational trial and appeal.


I'll grant the similarity between the Italian court trial and Florida's Casey Anthony's murder trial is pretty sloppy, if not nonexistent. What is particularly sad is that I do not believe, for a minute, that we will ever know the truth about what happened in either case, and after all, justice is supposed to be a search for the truth. Right?


Did Casey Anthony kill her daughter? Did Amanda Knox know or participate in her roommate's savage murder? I don't know whether the public will ever know the truth about either case. There are too many high-priced lawyers between us and the facts, and what is presented as the facts is subject to whatever mouthpiece happens to speak at the moment.


The courts and their minions have spoken. Justice has been served. I am truly sorry for the victims.


Of course, your results may differ.



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