Yes, Extradite Amanda Knox
If Italy asks, we should send her: Carlo Davis
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2014 12:00 PM CST
Amanda Knox bows her head during a television interview, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – Amanda Knox has "become a cause célèbre in the United States," with many arguing against her extradition to Italy, should she be once again found guilty of murdering Meredith Kercher in her final appeal. But those people are wrong—and so is the argument that America's ban on "double jeopardy" could keep Knox from being extradited, writes Carlo Davis in the New Republic. Under our extradition treaty with Italy, double jeopardy is not a valid reason to deny extradition; plus, there's precedent: In 1997, the US extradited a man to Turkey even though he had been convicted of rape only on appeal.

Beyond that, extraditing Knox is simply the right thing to do for our relationship with Italy, Davis writes. We're bound by the aforementioned treaty, and let's not forget all the things Italy has done for us: It closed its airspace to the Bolivian president's plane when Edward Snowden was believed to be on it, and it allowed the "extraordinary rendition" of an Islamist cleric from Milan to Egypt—when 23 CIA operatives were eventually convicted of kidnapping in absentia in that case, Italy never sought their extradition. "By comparison, returning a convicted murderer seems downright routine," Davis writes. "The special relationship cultivated between longstanding allies has to take precedence over individual doubts." Click for his full piece.