Is Amanda Knox Being Punished for Being American?

By Sadie Bass

Dec 7, 2009 11:06am

The guilty verdict came down Friday night.  Amanda Knox, a twenty something American living in Italy was found guilty of murdering her British roommate.  There are big questions about the evidence against Knox.  Specifically the lack of DNA evidence (none of her DNA, not even a trace, was found at the scene of the murder).  Some are now asking if Knox is being punished by anti American Italian jury?  Here is coverage of that question from our ABC piece: The verdict has set off an international debate over whether the Italian court convicted Knox without sufficient evidence. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said she has complained to the Italian embassy and intended bring the issue to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Clinton said she had not been presented with the case yet and Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said no criticism had come from the U.S. State Department.  The debate continued today on "Good Morning America" where reknowned criminal lawyer Ted Simon and Vanity Fair contributing editor Judy Bachrach assailed the verdict and the Italian justice system.  Simon said the "lack of evidence is both compelling and profound," and that she was convicted of murder despite the fact that there was "no sweat, no salavia, no DNA of Amanda Knox" in Kercher's room.  Bachrach said, "Although constitutionally, theoretically the individual is innocent until proven guilt in reality that is not the case… If you are accused you will very likely going to be convicted if it goes far enough."  She said Knox "didn't have a chance" because "she is an outsider. If you are an outsider, a foreigner, you don't know a lot of famous powerful people you are sunk." 

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