The Italian press had a field day sensationalizing the murder and portraying Knox as a girl with an angelic face and a demonic temperament. The trial seemed interminable, and was conducted by a prosecutor who is already facing charges of prosecutorial misconduct in another case. The entire investigation was riddled with chaotic blunders that would have led a U.S. court to balk at conviction.
There is also good reason to believe that once Knox was arrested, she was questioned for hours without benefit of counsel and beaten several times. Her supposedly odd "devil-may-care" attitude after the murder but prior to her arrest was in fact manufactured by the Italian press. These media derisively labeled the American "Foxy Knoxy," which became the common nickname for this supposedly brazen (and murderous) exchange student.
It's hard to take the Italian justice system seriously when the chaotic situation surrounding the Italian government is considered. In the news now is an attack on that nation's controversial prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi. (He was hit in the face with a statuette.)
If you think that's an unfair judgment, consider this: Several members of the jury returned to give their guilty verdict adorned with sashes the colors of the Italian national flag. As best I can discern from my research, this was purely a gratuitous act by the jurors, to the effect of: "We stand by our press and our prosecutor. And no matter how scant the evidence, we're putting that American girl away!" Yep, it seems that clear.
Dear readers, do you believe in your hearts that America should bend over backward to afford dangerous terrorists all the protections of our great judicial system, while at the same time leaving a young American girl stranded in a nation where alleged "crimes of passion" turn into "trials of passion?"
No, there won't be any travel to Italy anytime soon by me or mine. And I urge anyone who cares about the freedom and safety of their families or themselves to take the same view.