Monday, December 07, 2009

U.S. Senator: Knox Trial Shows "Deep Flaws of Italian Justice"

Hello again friends!

As you may know, a big legal case was settled a few days ago in Perugia, Italia: A college student from Seattle, Washington was found guilty of the crime of murder against an innocent British girl, bringing to conclusion a sordid and truly horrible case.

In the wake of this verdict, Blogiorno has been somewhat "dismayed" at some Americans' seemingly wholesale disregard for the Italian judicial system and the decision against the she-devil named Amanda Knox (also self-proclaimed as "Foxy Knoxy").

Alas, a genius from the U.S. government, the Washington state Senator named Maria Cantwell [pictured, below], has made some ridiculous comments in the press about the "unfair" nature of this trial [see article below], a trial about which all she knows has come from the ludicrous American press. As Blogiorno has intimated many times before, the American press largely doesn't report the actual news any longer; instead, they play soundbites upon which they can make social commentary from their own skewed, intensely urban, elitist points of view--other than that they're great, haha.

U.S. Senator, Maria Cant[think]well

Furthermore, one wonders if Amanda Knox weren't "Amanda", but instead, oh, "Chuck" Knox, would Maria Cantwell and all the rest of the female elitists on T.V. be as outraged? (We say that only because the howls of protest have been from women; sorry, it's true.) Could a dose of sexism and/or blind nationalism be the reason(s) for these irresponsible and idiotic quips? And what about the "deep flaws" in Amanda Knox which led to the death of a British citizen?

My dear friends, first of all, Amanda Knox was absolutely guilty of involvement in this horrible crime, and to prove this she tried to stage a fake burglary, deposited her DNA all over the victim, weapon and crime scene, and later told numerous differing stories (also known as "lies") to Italian authorities, at one point even accusing a completely innocent man--her employer no less--of the crime, throwing up every roadblock she could to evade justice. Also my friends, please know that the aforementioned press comments by the U.S. Senator are truly regrettable, do not represent all of America and, most importantly, are an affront to Blogiorno.

Therefore, Blogiorno figuratively and cheerily spits into the demonic ocular cavities of Amanda Knox, her co-conspirators of the murder and the disingenuous, elitist Americans who proclaim that justice can only be administered in America. Okay then, that was difficult but eminently necessary. But let's end on a positive note, shall we? Yes, let's do. It's our pleasure to present to you, our dear readers, the offending news article! Enjoy! [Click to enlarge.]

Arrivederci amici!


dario said...

about this case my opinion is that Sollecito, Guede and Knox are guilty.
But my opinion is also that i don't have any element to support this convinction, so, i accept the virdict (i believe they made a good job - why to believe the opposite?).

Anti-americanism? Well... i cannot buy this. I can believe in certain environments Italians have such a feeling towards Americans, mainly due to the invadence and feeling of superiority all american have when they compare their country to Italy. But no, i have a faith of italian judges and judical system.
If there is a criticism to Italian justice is that it is very unefficient (as a lot of other things in Italy), which thing can be a real problem in the application of justice.
I make an example. A friend of mine had a problem with the water supply company because of an excess 1000 euros on the bill (i avoid the details). He sued the company and at the end he won. But his expenses were 900 euros and he had to wait 2 years for the conclusion of the process. This shit makes people think that in front of an injustice the best solution is just to pay.
I believe that italian justice is pretty much always just. The thing is that it is pretty much always late.
But that has nothing to do with Knox/Sollecito/Guede case.

Anyway i always see conspiracies when i see something strange - and this case is strange for the importance that international media gave to this case.

Stranger people don't know what's happening in Italy. Cultured people (as i believe myself) believe that democracy is in a real danger, because Berlusconi, prime minister, although criminal (think that there is a british lawyer that has recently been processed and found guilty to be corrupted by berlusconi). Berlusconi drives the executive power and has the majority of the parliament (legislative power). He also owns 3 of the 6 main TV networks, while he controls the other 3 ones, he controls also the majority of newspapers. The only thing that he cannot control is actually the judical power. And he is trying to delegitimize magistracy through the media (with propaganda), through parliament (trying to approve some laws to reform judical system - for example introducing immunity for the 4 main offices of the state - including Prime Minister), through the council of minister (using decreto legge - a system to overcome any possible rejection of parliament) in order to save his ass from justice, while there are in my opinion all the evidences that he is guilty. In a "normal" state such a shame would be refused by people. The problem is that the opposite party (PD) is not doing anything to fight this situation - and there is somebody that is beginning to think that also PD is on Berlusconi's side.

Usually stranger information system, although they don't give a big importance to this, they denounce this. But if stranger media begin to point their fingers towards italian justice, which is the only one, for now, that fight for democracy, well....

So, my suspicion of conspiracy is this: couldn't it be that berlusconi is trying to use, towards the comments of the American senator, American public opinion to fight against Italian justice?

Aaron Abitia said...

Dario, I don't know much about Berlusconi, to be honest, so I cannot comment much upon him, apart from that he seems to be a jolly character on the one hand, but also habitually unfaithful to his wife, which at the least isn't very kind to her. In this case, your theory could be possible, though I don't know if all the pieces of the puzzle fit, from Berlusconi all the way across the Atlantic, through the American media, and then to the people here. Honestly I think a more possible assessment could be sexism on the part of the U.S. Senator. The reason I say this is that the defendant Amanda Knox has had a reputation of being a "strong" and "dominant" woman, even sexually, and they like that. From the comments I've seen on the news here from feminists, they appear to be protecting one of their own, resisting Italian justice and saying that this is only happening to Knox because she is the type of character that she is. They see her not cracking under pressure from those "evil" Italian authorities and they feel a sense of "simpatico" with her, a strong woman fighting in a man's world. In thinking more about it, that is my take on it. Thanks for your comment!

jen said...

ok, i couldn't resist!

honestly, i find dario's theory to be quite interesting. berlusconi makes the news quite often here in spain, as he & his administration are riddled with one scandal after another.

i'd be amazed that he's still in power if it were not for the fact that indeed, he does practically maintain a media & financial dictatorship. currying favor with powerful american politicians would be a wise & underhanded move.

as for the feminists- sure, the image of a lascivious american student is going to capture the public's imagination to her detriment. but when one keeps a diary tallying their 1-night stands, well, what do you expect?

i wouldn't worry too much about her when her family hired one of the most prestigious publicity firms to paint the picture of an innocent, intelligent young woman.

while she probably wouldn't have been convicted in the u.s. legal system due to the differences in admission of evidence, etc...i don't think this indicates that the italian system is worse than the american one. the italians have recently brought several important mafia figures to justice. perhaps the differences in their system are there to help prevent the evasion of justice by rich, well-connected people.

one more thing that bothers me about her is her accusation of her boss, an innocent man who is black. first of all, who does that to somebody?! second, this smacks of someone who thinks that italians are racist enough to buy this without proof and let the innocent white girl go without further investigation.

when it comes down to it, i just get a bad vibe looking at her eyes. i feel she did do it, DEFINITELY.

Aaron Abitia said...

Yes Jen, I do think you are correct about the racism part...I actually had put that in my post but took it out for lack of understanding about how Italians view black people. But I do believe you could be right. Also, that same man who she accused is now suing her for defamation, which I applaud.

jen said...

well, aaron...if working-class italians are anything like working-class may be they are more open about their racism than we are used to in america. i don't know. but even so, it is still a pretty slimy thing to act on that & accuse an innocent man.

i have been surprised here, in spain by the type of comments one hears about black people & immigrants in general...things people might think in the u.s. but would never say. mostly among older people more than younger, though.

immigration is relatively new to europe...within the last 20yrs or so. miguel told me the first time he ever saw a black person in real life, he was 18yrs old...imagine that! so within that context, i see that spain is struggling with racism & the inevitable clash of cultures that immigration brings, not to mention high rates of unemployment & competition for jobs.

i'm not excusing the racism, just saying i see the conditions that have brought it out into the open.

i don't know if it is the same for italy, but i suspect it IS, more or less.

dario said...

Uhm... i am not sure how justice system is seen in America, but in Italy fortunately (or unfortunately!?!) justice and people are two quite separate things.
I wouldn't trust to be judged by Italian people. In this case Amanda would have been declared innocent, because she is pretty, she looks like any mother would appreciate as the girlfriend of their boy, just an "acqua e sapone" girl, with those trustful eyes. Quite the opposite of a murderer. Moreover she is rich and she is American. Well... [start sarcasm] Eastern european people are murderers. Africans, black people, middle-eastern muslims are the bad guys. White American puritan people are the good ones, especially if rich. Amanda, actually is the girl that saved us from fascism in 1945[end sarcasm]. That's why she looks innocent to people.
Raffaele Sollecito instead is the "figlio di papa'". In other words, the rich boy which can access to alcohol and drugs, that can drive expensive cars much over the speed limits - that, eventually, there will be "daddy" that will take him out of troubles. So, he is guilty, but this is just a "bravata" - a minor thing that teenagers use to do just because teen age is the age where people is supposed to do this kind of things... some drugs and sex with a couple of pretty girls.
The real guilty one is Rudy Guede. [start sarcasm]Damn, he is black! He has those curly hair that drug people have. I think he also has a piercing on the nose (AAARGH! A piercing on the nose!!!). He speaks also an italian with french accent and that nasal voice typical of african criminals.[end sarcasm]. That is the murder.

No, i wouldn't trust in Italian people. I wouldnt trust in Italian politics either. After all those characters were attached to those three people by the media. Which are controled by Berlusconi.

I wouldn fully trust, instead, to Italian justice. Well... not that there are not mistakes also in our justice. But they are not made for personal interest of somebody. And anyway, i believe that everybody must submit to justice, because there is nobody that can judge judges, if not another judge. In other words, refusing the verdict of a jury means refusing the authority of the state, which means refusing our democracy.

Plus i would add something about italian judical system. It is divided in "civile" and "penale". Civile is that part that deal about small things, while penale deals about murders and stuffs like that (penale put people in jail, civile gives them tickets).
The main problem of Italian justice is that it is very very slow. Which shouldn't be a big problem for penale justice. I prefer a slow process that takes its time to see if i am guilty or not. While for civile justice time is much more relevant. If i want my money back, i want them back in a reasonable amount of time, otherwise it wouldn't be convenient to ask for those money back!


dario said...


Jen, i think that you are right. In Europe/Italy, immigration is a recent thing. And immigration brings criminality. Wait, wait... i am not saying that other races people are criminals, listen...
If i am rich in a rich country i wouldn't ever immigrate to another country. If, instead i am poor in a poor country i would immigrate to ahother country, even if that country doesn't have a job to offer. Immigrant people in italy are poor people coming from countries where there is wars and live there in terrible conditions. Being a prostitute, or a thief, or, worse, a killer of mafia, for an immigrant, is still a better thing that dying for hunger or machete in their own country.
The solution of this type of criminality - and of mass immigration in general - is to make so that their countries are not so poor and they respect human rights, and they have democracy... in other words, for us, rich countries, to share our wealth with them. But that means being ourself more poor. And we don't want that, isn't it?
In other words, criminality brought with immigration is something we have to accept if we want to maintain our privileges in the world.
Racism is a child of immigration-criminality. And it will be like that untill there will be a relevant amount of black rich people. You don't have such a thing in America, where black people are there since slavery, i think that in Italy it will take still some time.
I am not racist, i am against racism. But the average italian only see that black people steal their money and their wealth in general. And that is what it is actually happening, although i don't think it is a guilt of the immigrants theirselves. I believe instead that the problem is caused by the inappropriate distribution of wealth in the world.

Nevertheless i believe that stupidity is a guilt itself. Italians cannot understand the reasons of the immigrants because they found their knowledges on TV, which is controled by berlusconi. It's easy, for the government, to find a scapegoat in the immigrants (Lega party has success for this reason!). Immigration is the cause of whatever bad is happening in Italy. So, the crisis is not a responsability of the government. School is doing bad? That's the immigrants fault. Health care is a shit? That's the immigrants fault!... that's Berlusconi internal politics. And there is not any media that criticise this position, being that media are controled by Berlusconi.

But i cannot believe people are not that much stupid. They are stupid, actually, but not that much!
The real problem, in Italy - and i am convinced of it - is that there is not a reasonable alternative to Berlusconi. There is the left party, PD, but they seem like they are not able to govern a country. They don't firmly oppose to berlusconi, because they are divided in any decision. They don't even have an appealing leader. Try to look for a photo of Pierluigi Bersani. Tell me how the hell such a face can ever win against Berlusconi!
My suspicion is that PD is just another leg of Berlusconi. Democracy needs an opposition. With PD the opposition is given although they accept the status quo offered by Berlusconi himself, to maintain their privileges.

That's the main reason i believe that democracy is in danger in Italy. Not because Berlusconi has the power, but because there is nobody against him, except, thanks heaven, magistracy - whose task is to put criminals in jail, even if their name is Berlusconi.

- sorry for the long comment and for going out of the subject -


Aaron Abitia said...

Jen, your comment reminded me of something. A couple years ago at the Formula 1 Spanish GP in Barcelona, a young black Briton named Lewis Hamilton was struggling to win his first world championship. When he got to Barcelona's track, there were Spanish people who had painted their faces black, were wearing fake afros, taunting him, holding bananas and such. I believe one had a gorilla suit on, wearing a tee shirt saying, "Lewis I'm your brother". Shocking. He handled it with grace, and I don't believe anything came of it, but I could not believe that horrible behavior and felt very bad for Lewis, that such a thing would happen to him, especially since he seems to be a stellar person and completely talented and professional in every way. Very sad and wrong.

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dario said...

Aaron, in the settings of Blogger, there is an option, under setup/comments. If you switch it on, to submit comments on your blog people have to copy in a textbox a word that appears as an image. That is used to check if the submitter is a human or a spamming program. I wonder if that would solve the irritating amount of messages you have in that strange foreign alphabet

Aaron Abitia said...

Ciao Dario, and THANKS for that tip...I made that change now. Obviously I haven't looked at the settings in a while! But I'm sure glad you told me that, so thank you again.

dario said...

Sure! ;-)

I got the subscription on the comments in your posts in my gmail, so that i am also receiving all of your spam!