12/30/2009 - 19:23
On December 4, 2009, Amanda Knox, the 20 year-old white University of Washington study abroad student was convicted of participating in the vicious November 1, 2007 murder of her roommate, the then 21 year-old Meredith Kercher, a British Anglo-Indian student, in Perugia, Italy. The American media has been wagging its tail as to the "obvious" innocence of Knox. No doubt screen writers are now busy. The common theme will be that any foreign-based criminal justice system can not possibly be as "fair" as our own in spite of acquittals such as OJ Simpson, Claus von Bulow, or the gang of four Los Angeles policemen who brutalized a defenseless Rodney King. In courtroom movie dramas set in foreign countries, the message is usually sent of a lone white American hero trapped in an alien culture that has a draconian legal system.