Â Amanda Marie Knox, the American student who moved to Perugia, Italy to study at the University for Foreigners for one year and shortly after was accused of murdering one of her housemates,Â British student Meredith Kercher, on November 1, 2007,Â refuses to riskÂ another chance with the corrupt and inept ItalianÂ justice system.
Along with her boyfriend Raffaelli Solecito, Knox spent almost three years in jail after being accused and convicted ofÂ Ms. Kercher’sÂ grisly rape and murderÂ in 2009 and was sentenced to 26 years in prison, then released following an appeal when her conviction was overtuned on October 3, 2011, then ordered to return to ItalyÂ on March 26, 2013 when herÂ acquittal was overturned by the Italian Supreme Court.
Follow all that?
It’s certain that self-described “Foxy Knoxy” and labeled a “she-devil,” and worse by the European press even before she was arrested, wants no part of a re-trial scheduled to begin September 3oth.Â According to one of her lawyers, Luciano Ghirga,Â he recently met with Knox and other defense team members andÂ she confirmed whatÂ they hadÂ said back in 2011: She didn’t return to Italy when she was ordered to do so and won’t be returning to be re-tried.
Amanda Knox may be a lot of things, none of them proven in a court of law.Â She may be a pothead, she may be sex-crazed, she may be a slut, she may have “multiple personalities,” sheÂ have even be a murderess, allÂ terms applied to herÂ by the European media and at her 2009 trial.
However,Â Knox is clearly no fool.
Â SheÂ refuses to subject herself to another roundÂ in an Italian kangaroo court whereÂ jurors are not sequestered andÂ are free to discuss the case with anyone they wish and to watch lurid television reports on the case, where circumstantial, tainted evidence is gathered by local cops totally ignorant as to proper methods of investigation and preserving a crime scene, where a Presiding Judge dismisses all defense motions and refers to the accused, in court, as â€œa little she-devil,â€Â and where the Head ProsecutorÂ is facingÂ charges he’s ready for the loony bin and may end up in prison himself.
Add to those absurdities the overall Brit andÂ European media’s contempt for Americans and Knox as epitomized by the London Times Online which ridiculed the ideaÂ that â€œAmanda Knox was a victim of anti-Americanism and an antiquated justice systemâ€ and â€œan obvious victim of Old Europe corruption,â€Â snide denialsÂ that reflected the opinions of most of America’s envious allies.
(For more details on Amanda Knox and her sham trial, seeÂ ”Foxy Knoxy, Political Football or Slutty ‘She-Devil?’ â€Â http://tinyurl.com/mq3mb6e Â and “Foxy Knoxy Re-visited” http://tinyurl.com/kbtsfq7.)