Not too long ago, Amanda Knox, convicted the other day in Italy of murdering her junior-year-abroad roommate, Meredith Kercher, was "Foxy Knoxy." Now she is martyred Amanda, a tabloid Joan of Arc, an immensely sympathetic character at the center of a monstrous international miscarriage of justice.
Because the Italian judicial system, which is now also on trial, allows for prolonged appeals--essentially do-overs of the original trial--we will be hearing about St. Amanda for a long time to come. So let's pick up the story:
It is not about who killed Meredith Kercher. Because of mistakes in the investigation, fatal mishandling of the evidence, and all manner of bias, there will likely never be a reasonable conclusion of guilt (or innocence). Hence, the story is, in part, about bungling and about bias. Or, it is about the larger meaning of bias. The Italian bias is against Americans, who are arrogant and entitled. The American bias is against Italians, who are bunglers. Jokers. Clowns.
Indeed, the fate of Amanda Knox has now become a significant diplomatic issue, having to do not just with the rights of a young American abroad but with the ever-increasing distaste, among Americans, for Europe.
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