Thursday, October 03, 2013
Italian Justice, A Failure of Democracy || Amanda Knox
If you think things are looking grim in the United States, you could be living in Italy where so many things are cast in gog and arrogant posturing. To the slow, lingering death throes of disgraced and convicted felon Silvio Berlusconi, to the collapse of a working government, austerity and now, as well, a loose canon; a disgraced prosecutor, who worships the limelight, is starting another tragic court trial. By crafting intentional lies, twisting meaningless moments into sinister behavior and playing on the paranoia of the population, an Italian prosecutor is using everything except the truth this week.
It is nearly unbelievable that Amanda Knox is being “re-tried” in the murder of Meredith Kercher. Double Jeopardy means nothing in the Italian constitution. The courts seem free to make it up as they go along. In a country where vast volumes of over-whelming factual evidence proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Silvio Berlusconi is a criminal, a bag man of the Mafia, a serial abuser, liar, thief and incompetent administrator, in multiple courts, yet serves not one day of punishment or consequences…that same court can again force a trial based upon forced confessions under torture, fabricated evidence, hopelessly compromised crime scene and incompetence at a criminal level by the police and administrations of justice in Perugia are once again bringing their lies, incompetence and deeply paranoid personalities to bear against an innocent person.
Yes, almost unbelievable. How can anyone, any person of informed jurisprudence have any faith at all in the evidence, investigation or integrity of the Perugia police and court system? Yet they are able to proceed. Because Italy is like that.
Italy is not like the USA. Over here in Italy the police can walk into your private home or business and search from floor to ceiling for anything at all. If they want to, that is the only pre-requisite. When you are arrested there is no protection against self-incrimination, no one will help you find an attorney, they do not even have to let you make a telephone call. They start with the idea that you are guilty. While the Italian courts do not serve up sentences as severe as those in American courts, the system itself is arbitrary, corrupt and filled to over flowing with incompetent police, investigators, prosecutors and judges. Of tragic proportions. In general if you get arrested (even if you are not convicted) you are guilty forever. If you are ever arrested for anything, the police have even more freedom to search your home or business, detain you without cause and invade your privacy and human rights that would cause an American’s head to explode.
I am sometimes nervous about living here for these reasons. What happened to Amanda Knox, and is still happening to her, could happen to any foreign born person in Italy..if not for phony murder charges, for any possible violation, even some you may never have heard of in your country.
I offer this example: Some years ago I was boarding a flight from Trapani in Sicily to come home to Pantelleria. I noticed from my peripheral vision a big Italian guy in plain clothes just eyeballing me fiercely for what seemed like a long time. At one point I turned to catch his eye but he turned away. His body language was tense. When I arrived at Pantelleria I was met by eight Carabinieri, eight, as I came through the baggage claim. They were very polite. One man wanted to see my passport, so I gave it to him. He opened a mobile phone and talked to someone for about 15 minutes, reading each page of the passport. The others watched me closely but otherwise let me just stand there. One of them spoke a little English and said he remembered coming to our house for diner some time back. The guy on the mobile closed his phone and they went away. Not a word of explanation.
The police and court systems of Italy frequently seem like an element of fascism that did not get re-worked in the shift to Democracy in this country after World War Two.
Now, for the third time, the Italian judicial system is convinced without any sustainable evidence of any kind that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are once again under the influence of this horrendous system. The case is being driven by a contemptible, ambitious and ethically challenged prosecutor who is under investigation for ethics violations right now. Giuliano Mignini is the discredited, deeply flawed prosecutor pushing this absurdity onto the world stage. He has no idea how to admit he made a mistake, and he never will. It is apparently impossible to remove him from office. The case this imbecile has made against Amanda and her friend is nonsense, it defies reason, it is moronic…and yet he is all in with it.
There are two Italy’s, at least. A county filled with tolerant, loving and peaceful people. A people who love freedom. This is contrasted by a super-wealthy government class that is filled with Mafia pimps, corrupt and self-absorbed people, and whole departments dominated by stupid and incompetent officials. The dark side of Italy is very dark, and it is not underground, but rather at the very core of the Italian government and Police. It is made up of posturing fools who never have to back down, who never have to admit they are wrong.
Hopefully the American State Department will step up and protect US Citizen Amanda Knox from any possible violation of her rights as a United States citizen. From Berlusconi, to the racists taunts against the first black Italian minister, to the failure of its government o do anything useful, to the continuing torture and unjust persecution of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, Italy must hold itself ashamed before the world community.
The links listed below can help interested readers stay current with the situation now under way in Perugia; this includes venues for support:
Friends of Amanda home — English (web page)
Read this amazing book:
Waiting To Be Heard, by Amanda Knox
It is a heavy read, not easy. But it is more important than ever for interested persons to understand her side of the story. The reader will also understand clearly how the Italian prosecution lied, manipulated, planted false inferences and did everything they could to keep public sympathy away from Ms Knox rayher than ever admit they were wrong, it is really that tragically simple. The arrogance and pride of an overstuffed, incompetent imbecile prosecutor.
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