I loaded up my web browser with the intention of spending time reading archived articles regarding Amanda Knox, the American girl, who, when 20 years old, found herself in quite a mess in Italy, and whose life has not been the same ever since.
My goal was to present the facts, mixed with recent developments, in order to streamline your knowledge of the situation without having to look up every article yourself. But every time I do so, I rarely get past the third or fourth line of the article before I find myself staring at whatever photo of Amanda Knox is displayed.
I’m sure I’m not the only one. She’s hot.
Like most guys, I can’t help but think a little differently of alleged female criminals than male convicts. When we read an article about a man who killed somebody, and then see his picture, we think “monster,” “scum,” “degenerate.”
But then we see a woman, in the same exact situation, and basically form an opinion based on how she looks. If she looks like Aileen Wuornos, then yeah, she’s a monster, but if she’s Amanda Knox, then that sentiment turns to “Ehh, she can’t be that bad, right? Whatever happened to second chances?”
And it’s so wrong. It couldn’t be more wrong. And it’s also the reason why I should never, ever be selected to be on a jury.
But for all of those who are unfamiliar with Ms. Knox’s tribulations, she and her boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted of the murder of 21-year-old Mereditch Kercher, a British exchange student who was found stabbed to death in 2007 in her bedroom of the apartment she was sharing with Knox.
In short, the entire trial has been a saga, to say the least. Knox was found guilty in 2009 by an Italian court and sentenced to 26 years in prison. In 2011, she was acquitted in an appeals court, released after four years of detention, and returned home to Seattle. Sollecito was also acquitted.
But last year, Italy’s highest court ordered a repeat trial, and, amazingly, Knox was tried for a third time, and found guilty today. Not only that, but her sentence was increased to 28 years and six months. Sollecito will serve 25.
The trial lasted four months, and the jury took 12 hours to deliberate — and Knox, who is now 26, wasn’t even present for it, which is OK in Italian law. Obviously, they don’t adhere to double jeopardy laws either.
My response? Amanda Knox, come on … she wouldn’t hurt a fly! Look at her. Would a murderer be that pretty?
Sollecito, though … dude’s a monster. Scum. Degenerate. Lock him up. I don’t even need to know what he looks like.
The story has taken so many twists and turns that it would be top news even if the guilty party looked like a mix between Brittney Griner and Kirstie Allie. But that Amanda Knox looks the way she does only adds to the public appeal.
And yet, she was still found guilty. Which clearly means that Italian jurors don’t have the keen ability to distinguish a woman’s attractiveness.
Or, I guess, that they actually listen to the evidence, and stuff.