From NYT’s Timothy Egan’s An Innocent Abroad – About “Angel Face”

I couldn’t resist Egan’s Outpost passage, I thought it was candid about certain brands of Americana …

“We kill innocent Americans often enough through our legal system, kill them because of shoddy police work or racial prejudice.”

… though his article is not about Americana nor the American criminal justice system but I like it as a reminder about some of America’s core values, the kind that get us in wars and makes us targets for terrorists with legitimate grudges (as compared to those with illegitimate grudges, so to speak) as well as creating hellacious domestic turmoils for decent people. The article is really about …

For five months now in the Umbrian hill town of Perugia, an American exchange student called “Angel Face” by the tabloid press has been on trial for the murder of her roommate. On Friday, for the first time, that student, Amanda Knox will testify on her own behalf.
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The case against Knox has so many holes in it, and is so tied to the career of a powerful Italian prosecutor who is under indictment for professional misconduct, that any fair-minded jury would have thrown it out months ago.

And the rest can be read here.

P.S. I am not a member of the Egan’s “We.”

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