by Melissa Brunner
I cannot judge the guilt or innocence of Amanda Knox. I did not sit in court and hear all the evidence. Much of the information that was reported had a conflicting bit of information along with it. Did she speak fluent Italian or didn't she? Was she in the house or wasn't she? An Italian appeals court ruled Monday that the evidence did not support a conviction, so we must trust their judgment.
As the media and crowds enveloped Amanda Knox and her family as the verdict was read, media accounts mention another woman sitting stoicly in the courtroom, taking it all in. She was the mother of Meredith Kercher. If you are wondering who that is, then you make the case for the point the woman made earlier in the day. The roommate who Knox was accused of killing had a name - Meredith Kercher. While much of the world knows Amanda Knox' name, far fewer would recognize Kercher's. Earlier in the day, Kercher's family expressed their concern that Meredith was being forgotten in all the hype surrounding Knox.
It is not much different than what often happens in the American justice system. Justice has two sides. Loved ones seek justice for victims, but we also operate on the premise that people are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, so that justice is served for them, too.
Was justice served for Amanda Knox? Will it be served for Meredith Kercher? Let me know what you think and, no matter your argument, let's remember the Kercher's family point that Meredith's life not be lost.