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Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Amanda Knox not guilty

I wasn’t a close follower of the Amanda Knox case. I used the sensationalized Lifetime movie of the case, in fact, as a refresher for the facts of the case. But I found myself compelled by the live feed of the courtroom in Perugia, Italy.

She’s roughly my age, and was abroad about the same time I was. The live feed was a reminder that a real person’s life got put on hold for four years. Initially, I thought: my anxiousness was for naught.

Knox is not guilty. She’s not guilty of sexually assaulting and murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher, with her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.

It’s hard to believe four years have elapsed since her arrival to Italy in 2007, for a semester abroad. Instead, the now 24-year-old Knox spent four years defending herself against what many assert was egregious Italian police work. She learned Italian to make her final 10-minute plea. Her story invaded our newspapers, our water cooler talk, our lives.

But why did we really care about this case? Cases like these garner worldwide attention if only because it speaks to our humanity, our ability to want to rally behind the wrongfully accused.

I wonder though if it’s because the Italian police subjected Knox to unfair practices and mistreated her by manipulating “suspect behavior” into a full-fledged case.

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? For many, the Troy Davis case quickly comes to mind. A man who maintained his innocence for 20 years, but whose pleas were ultimately ignored.

Knox’s pleas were not, and she’s going free.

By Fahima Haque  |  05:01 PM ET, 10/03/2011

 
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