In the polite language of our society Amanda Knox has sent her RSVP to the Italian court in Florence, Italy indicating she regretfully declines to attend their legal soiree involving the murder of Meredith Kercher. Her reluctance to attend this third murder trial is understandable considering the fact one court found her guilty of murder, another court not guilty and now a third court will take a crack at it.
Italy does not include a legal principle called Double Jeopardy in its lexicon which means a person can be tried again for murder even after they've been found not guilty in the past of that same alleged crime. So Amanda's decision to remain in Seattle and read books while at the University of Washington rather than to fly back to face fluctuating Italian justice again seems like a prudent decision.
The lawyer for Meredith Kercher's parents says a new ingredient may be tossed into the soup this time as the judges may order DNA testing to be done on the bloody knife which is alleged to be the murder weapon and also on Kercher's bra that she was wearing at the time of her brutal slaying.
Knox, or "Foxy Knoxy" as she has been dubbed by news media sources, has made no secret that she didn't enjoy her accommodations in the Italian prison while she awaited her first trial. Evidently, there was a problem with the room service her guards provided her, according to remarks she made in her autobiography.
One of the reasons the Italian Supreme Court gave for ordering a new prosecution of Knox is their belief Rudy Gudet did not act alone in stabbing the British student Kercher to death. Their opinion seemed to indicated they believed more than one person should be subsisting on a prison diet of bread and water or whatever the Italians feed their tenants these days.
While the law over there in the country shaped like a boot doesn't require a defendant be present at her own trial, one wouldn't think it would help her cause with the judges to not attend the little get-together they are hosting in the city Dante Alighieri made famous in his epic poem "Inferno".
However, while the judges can't force her to attend, they can vote to find her guilty of murdering her former exchange student roommate in the home they shared in Perugia. And they can also sentence her to another sabbatical in their lovely prison system which may not be quite up to the standards of the Sandals chain.
But Knox's lawyers have no doubt told her, that even if the judges and jury convict her again this time, they may not be able to extradite her back to the land of the centurions and Caesars. While the U.S. does have an extradition agreement with the country which once dominated the world during the days of the Roman Empire, the fact that government does not accept Double Jeopardy as a legal principle, would give the U.S. an excuse to not extradite her.
After brainstorming sessions with her counsel, she probably decided it would be better to stay in Seattle and get her college degree rather than sit through another trial and risk returning to the custody of those unfriendly prison overseers.
Her boyfriend Raffaelle Sollecito has also been ordered by the Italian Supremes to stand trial gain for his alleged part in the murder, but he will have to attend at some point since he is a citizen of the land Americans love to visit as tourists, but not as murder defendants. Sources say Solleciton will not be in attendance at the legal get-together when it begins today (Monday, Sept. 30) either.
It will be interesting to see if the trial involving the murder of Meredith Kercher deteriorates into a sort of "Bleak House" in which Charles Dickens described a trial which extended over several generations while the court tried to get it right. That would be sad, though not as tragic as the killing of Ms. Kercher.
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