I am writing in reguards to the Amanda Knox verdict. Being a victim of media sensationalism and flawed police work myself, I can relate, not being famous or wealthy enough to afford an expensive lawyer. Taking my case to trial would have resulted in an unfortunate outcome.
Let’s not be quick to judge Italy for its mistake, for similar cases have recently rebuffed our own judicial system, such as the Memphis Three and Casey Anthony.
All too often, we are blinded by the crime itself, and our ability to be rational is diminished by our need for justice. And all too often, we suffer injustice in silence for our fear of authority.
Our rights and justice system are set up to protect us from witch hunts and prosecution without evidence. They are not loopholes to serve our appetite to punish someone simply because we think they are guilty, or to go after them from some other legal angle just to satisfy their doubts or the public’s or some overzealous prosecutor. Our police used to conduct investigations, and upon finding proof, make an arrest. Our news media used to rely on its integrity by only printing the facts, not rumors or gossip. Our courts are supposed to protect everyone, not just the elite and rich people. One day that could be you on trial for a crime you really didn’t do. But because of how something looked, or because everyone thought you were guilty, you were sent to prison.