For a person in Amanda Knox’ shoes, the latest news from an Italian appellate court must be as welcome as it is painful. Welcome because it represents her first glimpse of hope and possible release from her lengthy sentence; painful because of the potential that this solitary piece of good news may be a false hope.
Either way, Knox finally had a good day in court. The Trib story (6-30) describes an Italian appellate court’s reaction after taking a good look at forensic evidence from Knox’ case. The state of the DNA specimen was lousy, or malvagio if you prefer Google’s version of the lingua Italia. The appellate court was not pleased.
Knox and her family, who have waited since November 2007 for this type of response, are hoping that her murder conviction is dismissed.
And it does appear that this most unlikely of cases is starting to unravel in Knox’ favor. Let’s face it, the idea that a 23-year old college student, with no indications of depravity other than smoking dope with her Italian lover, would be deeply involved in a sex act culminating in the brutal stabbing of her roommate sounds…well, it sounds ridiculous.
It would be a ridiculous supposition, that is, unless the prosecution were to provide a plausible motive or obvious character flaw that would give any hint of Knox being a capable and willing accomplice to murder. Did they?
As in all such cases of circumstantial evidence, we will be left to wonder what really happened. It is certainly possible that Knox was a party to her roommate’s homicide, yet that almost absurd argument is esteemed only by an Italian prosecution that better resembled a slip-shod witch hunt conducted at a snail’s pace.
Hopefully the Italian appeals court won’t drag its heels much longer, and the final act of this long and arduous debacle will have a swift conclusion. If so, Knox could soon find herself back home in Seattle. She would then be able to relax and take stock of her life after spending four years grinding through the stuck gears of Italian justice.
I hope that happens, for Knox and her family.