The phrase "adding insult to injury" just gained another level of meaning. Amanda Knox, the American student convicted of killing her British roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy, is facing slander charges.
Amanda Knox's apparent slander target was the Perugia police. Knox said the Perugia police intimidated and abused her to get her to confess. For their part, the police have denied any impropriety. They also filed a slander suit against Amanda Knox's parents for repeating her claims to the press. Thorough of them, at least.
For the sake of a fair trial, Amanda Knox's parents have asked for the slander proceedings to be relocated to Florence. In Perugia, reports CNN, the same judge who found her guilty of murder would hear the slander suit as well. Whatever your opinion of Knox's guilt or innocence, that request should make complete sense. If not, why not?
There was no evidence presented during Amanda Knox's murder trial of the Perugia police intimidating or abusing her to get a confession, but Knox's attorneys also note that the interrogation was never recorded. Who that is most convenient for is an open question for many. Is it for you?
Further, the thoroughness with which the Perugia police are pursuing slander charges against Amanda Knox and her parents doesn't match what her attorneys say was the handling of the evidence in the Meredith Kercher murder trial. An appeal accuses the police of mishandling DNA evidence and requests a review of all forensic evidence and how witnesses were called.
Amanda Knox's mother and stepfather told CBS that they are disappointed but look at the slander trial as another chance to establish their daughter's innocence. When Knox was informed of the slander charges in a closed-door hearing Monday, she broke down in tears and said she was using her right to defend herself against an unjust accusation.
Slander accusations against Amanda Knox and her parents by Perugia police are definitely outside of American standards. If American police sued for slander every time they were accused of roughing up a witness, the courts would be even busier than they are now. Is it standard in Italy for police to sue for slander? Or does it say that the Perugia police really do have something to hide and they're kicking Amanda Knox when she's down? Intimidating and abusing her again, perhaps?
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