A Tale of Two Cultures: Amanda Knox Case Reveals a Stark Divide

December 7th, 2009 by

www.abcnews.com — The Italian lawyers for U.S. college student Amanda Knox say their client has lost a battle but not the war. They’re already preparing to appeal her murder conviction.

But last week’s verdict has deepened a sharp cultural divide.

The Italian and British media generally have supported the outcome but it was denounced by many U.S. analysts. Some Italians have called Americans arrogant for questioning the result and the Italian legal process.

The jury ultimately gave Knox a 26-year sentence for murder and other counts rather than the life sentence that prosecutors had requested. Knox, 22, could serve considerably fewer years in jail with time off for good behavior.

But she had hoped for an acquittal.

“She said, ‘As soon as I heard the first guilty sentence, I fell into my arms and couldn’t hear anything,’” her younger sister, Deanna Knox, told ABC News after visiting Amanda Knox in jail. “She said she heard us crying behind her and she tuned everything out and just cried.”

Knox’s former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 25, also was found guilty of murdering Meredith Kercher Nov. 1, 2007.


2 Responses

  1. Stupid Monkey

    Yeah seems like the greese balls didn’t do such a good job proving she was guilty. The only thing i can see is her being there and not telling authorities. I know it seems white american girls don’t look the part but the evidence wasn’t really in her direction. If it is then great, but if not then an innocent 22 year girl’s life is over. Figures other countires would bash us for basically telling them that they suck at fair trials. The way it went down seems forced and unprofessional. Read the story to know what i mean. My heart goes out to all the parents in this trial. Never leave this country if you look like knox is basicaly the lesson here.

  2. kelltikdragun666

    amanda got screwed by the bullshit legal system in italy.

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