Both Knox and Sollecito have conveyed their anguish at the arbitrary and capricious ruling which forces them to endure additional abuses at the hands of one of the most corrupt justice systems in the world.
Sollecito is reportedly devastated by the high court's decision to throw out their acquittals and at the prospect of having to go through the cruel ordeal all over again. "Now I can't say anything," he told reporters, promising only that he'll "continue to fight for my innocence, hopeful and confident that truth will prevail."
In a move that constitutes Double Jeopardy in the United States where Citizen Knox was born, Italy's high court also ordered a retrial, although no date was calendared yet, nor the basis for their decision enumerated.
Italy's a country where females don't feel safe even in broad daylight for fear of sexual harassment and assault, so the obsession with Knox and her "libertine" ways isn't that surprising. But this most recent injustice does make one wonder if there's nothing but dirty old men sitting on their judiciary.
Murder victim Kercher and Knox were roommates the year the British exchange student was brutally raped, robbed and slain by local ne'er-do-well Rudy Guede. His DNA was found throughout the blood-soaked crime scene, yet the Italian "legal" community has been hell bent from the start to pin the deed on a Yankee woman who, they've made it very plain, is just a bit too independent for their liking.
Guede, a troubled individual already familiar to Italy's criminal justice system had selected Kercher for victimizing because she was home alone and unprotected. He did so at knifepoint and when she yelled for help slit her throat in order to silence her.
He was therefore rightfully apprehended and convicted but, unfortunately for the victim's family, only sentenced to 16 years in prison. A term that hardly fits the heinous acts he'd committed.
Understandably then, the bereaved Kerchers never felt justice was fully served in their daughter's death and believe it might still be accomplished, even if by scapegoating the innocent.
As qualified criminologists have stressed time and time again, sexual assault resulting in murder is a gender-based offense which statistics show is perpetrated almost exclusively by young males. As with Guede, such violent offenders usually have a prior record as well.
Knox and her former lover Sollecito had no criminal past to speak of, but nevertheless they were arrested and convicted as partners to the slaying and even given greater jail time than the actual killer received, despite that neither youngster's DNA was found on or near Kercher's body.
In fact, Italian authorities knew all along when they sought to frame the couple that they hadn't even been at the scene of the crime the night the murder occurred.
Legal experts and civil rights advocates worldwide were appalled by the Knox/Sollecito witch-trials which saw Italian prosecutors and reporters targeting the defendants solely because the two admitted they had a sexual relationship and that they sometimes smoked hashish together.
Knox especially was viciously slandered in Italy where a biased media incessantly called her "Foxy Knoxy" in a joint effort with draconian courts to paint the wrongly accused as a sex-crazed, drug-addled seductress and her dead friend's craven killer.
The entire crux of the prosecution's case was that she'd cast a spell on Sollecito and then together they pounced upon an unwitting Meredith Kercher in a drug-fueled sex game that went violently awry. A charge straight from the medieval ages which prosecutors insisted Knox had "more or less" confessed to.
In reality, however, incompetent Italian police, hoping to hide that they had contaminated the crime scene and bungled the investigation in its earliest stages, illegally interrogated Knox for 50+ hours without an attorney and slapped her around so to obtain such a ridiculously phony confession.
Later, they even tampered with and planted evidence in order to support the preposterous contention that she was Kercher's murderer and rapist.
It was this kind of prosecutorial misconduct alone which ultimately led to Knox and Sollecito's wrongful convictions.
It took years to overturn those bogus guilty verdicts, during which time they were each falsely imprisoned without interruption and, in the process, deliberately robbed of some of the best years of their lives.
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This week's decision overturning their acquittals cannot as a matter of law compel Knox to return to Italy, thankfully, but it does once again underscore the backwardness of a nation which has already shown so much unwarranted scorn for this "modern day" female.
In that unrelenting campaign of hate, agents of the Italian government have once more flaunted a total disregard for Truth and Justice, demonstrating instead their shameful unwillingness to seeÂ—or careÂ—that neither of these fine young people have hurt anyone.
"It was painful to receive the news that the Italian Supreme Court decided to send my case back for revision when the prosecution's theory of my involvement in Meredith's murder has been repeatedly revealed to be completely unfounded and unfair," Knox responded in a written statement.
Knox expressed sentiments similar to Sollecito's. "No matter what happens, my family and I will face this continuing legal battle as we always have," she said. "Confident in the truth and with our heads held high in the face of wrongful accusations and unreasonable adversity."
Best of luck to you then, Amanda Knox, and to your co-defendant as well. It would appear your struggle for justice is not quite over yet. Hopefully, though, these trials and tribulations will serve to highlight Italy's deeply ingrained misogyny and prejudice, and make other American girls think twice about stepping foot in such a country, for even one minute.
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