Amanda Knox once more awaits an Italian court’s decision on her innocence or guilt in the brutal slaying of Meredith Kercher, but in reality it hardly matters anymore.
The 2007 murder saga has taken on its own life now, with Knox haters and Knox lovers fated to be at each other’s throat for eternity, whether or not she “did it” and whether or not Italy ever decides to let her go.
Sadly, this is just what happens when a crime investigation is badly botched, when the crime scene itself is stomped on, and when the prosecution, police and judiciary are themselves criminally corrupt.
A scapegoat is needed, in the present case Knox and Sollecito.
Hinging on this week’s supposedly final ruling in the Kercher killing is Ms. Knox’s potential extradition to a country that has already falsely imprisoned her and her former lover, Raffaele Sollecito, for years, and that has demonstrated it will never rest until at least she is behind its bars again.
Little wonder then that the once carefree and adventurous woman has vowed never to return to Italy, either willingly or forcibly through a formal extradition request, which, technically, the United States is bound to honor.
But many law experts caution that, even if Knox is affirmed as guilty, the issue of the U.S. returning to Italy America’s most-embroiled American (in the history of embroiled Americans) will be resolved politically rather than legally.
In short, the court of public opinion -- a.k.a social media -- will once more determine Knox’s destiny and destination.
Amanda Knox versus Meredith Kercher: Who do you ‘like’ better?
Sites such as Twitter and Facebook played the most important role in making the Kercher sex assault and homicide the crime of the century. Therefore, and without much doubt, Knox’s future ultimately depends on which lovely young lady has the most *friends* and *followers* again.
That means Team Knox had better start socializing 24/7 if Italy’s high court does indeed rule against their beleaguered client, because it won’t take long thereafter for Italian authorities to demand she be immediately extradited.
"She would need a groundswell of support to at least stave off the U.S. government from moving forward," with extradition, says Laurie Levenson, director of the center for legal advocacy at the Loyola Law School.
Otherwise, Levenson warns, Knox’s very own motherland will see to it that she has to serve out the rest of a 28-year murder sentence in Italy.
So, yes, as gruesome as it might seem and as unjust it may sound, winning a popularity contest against a viciously murdered girl is what it all comes down to now.