Reported in CNN the US government is now going to enter into the saga of Amanda Knox.
The 22 year old's aunt, Janet Huff, says they have been receiving emails from government officials saying "Now it is time to do something"
There is a separation of state, where the law is separate to Government. Governments make the law and the law implements the countries laws. So before the sentencing of Knox, the government cannot become involved as then it would bee seen to be interfering in the process of law. After the sentence, the Government can then provide diplomatic support, while maintaining respect to the foreign countries laws.
Italian prosecutors presented DNA and forensic evidence in the trial of Knox her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Rudy Guede from the Ivory Coast, Guede was convicted in an earlier trial after opting for a "fast-track" trial in exchange for clemency.
The prosecution charged that the three youths were high on drugs when they engaged Kercher, 21, in an erotic sex game that turned violent, feering she would turn them in, they attacked her with a knife, leaving her dead with stab wounds to the neck. The court handed Knox a 26-year jail sentence and a 25-year sentence to her former boyfriend, Sollecito. Rudy Guede, was earlier convicted of the murder and sexual violence and sentenced to 30 years in jail.
Both Knox and Sollecito had maintained their innocence throughout the trial.
Knox's family has issued a statement saying "They planned to appeal the verdict."
Has the US Government ever been so public in its forcast to become involved in the murder convictions of an American citizen overseas before?