Italian Courts Face Growing Knox Backlash

Glacial pace, leaked evidence, 'anti-Americanism' draws fire
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2009 8:32 AM CST
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., has voiced concern over the fairness of Amanda Knox's trial and conviction in Italian court.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Amanda Knox has served just a few days as a murder convict, but she'll have another year under her belt before an appeal gets under way, and questions about the fairness of her trial continue to pour in, reports the Independent. The open flow of information between cops and journos, the lack of juror sequestration, and sketchy DNA evidence are all dark clouds gathering over Italy's much-maligned and glacial-paced justice system.

"If everything is splashed in the press, people, including jury members, can make up their mind before the trial has even started," says one legal expert. Maria Cantwell, Democratic senator from Knox's home state Washington, is voicing concern over anti-Americanism, and she wants a meeting with Hillary Clinton to discuss the issue. Knox's own family vows a fight. Says her sister: "We are not going to take what this jury convicted her with."

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