Amanda Knox Case: Justice for Victims Trumped by Defendant’s LooksPosted: September 30, 2011
Is justice for victims trumped by the looks of the defendant?
It’s a curious question but one that I have been asking myself, most recently with the Casey Anthony trial and now, with the Amanda Knox case. Why is there so much commentary on the looks and appearance of Casey Anthony and Amanda Knox? Is it because we are obsessed with beauty? America’s Top Model. Keeping up with the Kardashians. Recent uptick in plastic surgeries. Brad & Angelina. Or, is it that beauty doesn’t kill or wouldn’t kill.
Absolutely, I appreciate that Casey was fighting for her freedom and Amanda is fighting a conviction but what about the victims? What about Caylee Anthony? What about Meredith Kercher? Yes, Meredith Kercher is her name, the victim in the Knox case. But, how much have we heard about Ms. Kercher? Did you even know her name? She was 21-year-old young woman when she was killed. A university student, had three older siblings, well-liked, had an orange belt in Karate, wrote poetry, full of hugs, and had a penchant for being late.
Who is advocating for the victim? In the courtroom, it’s the prosecutor’s job to advocate for the victim and to tell the victims story. Tell the jury about the victim and they will care. But, outside the courtroom, who is advocating for the victim? Who is telling us about his/her life, the life lost? Is it about getting ratings? Or, do we now require the victims families to put aside their grief and hold press conferences, or hold a sign outside the courtroom, or wear a baseball cap or t-shirt that says “Justice for Caylee” or “Justice for Meredith”? The victims are entitled be heard, too. Who speaks for the victim? the family? the friends? the media? the prosecutor? Who?
Justice is about the victim, too.
Simply my opinion, what say you?