The public opinion tide in Italy appears to be changing in Amanda Knox's favor. After positive developments in the Seattle woman's appeals trial including DNA evidence that has been labeled too minute to test and a key witness being caught flubbing details while being outed as a dope dealer, Knox this week got some of her best news yet. And it came from the cronies of Italy's most powerful and possibly most corrupt politician.
But according to these 11 lawmakers, Mignini and his office has treated Knox unfairly. They write that the case against her is "at best considered contradictory and unreliable."
. . . the letter cast(s) doubt on the prosecution's case, alleging that an appeals trial currently under way has undermined the reliability of evidence originally collected against the former University of Washington student from Seattle. They also maintain that Knox should not have been kept behind bars since her arrest.
"These distortions, not without reason, are fueling accusations against the administration of justice in our country," lawmaker Rocco Girlanda said in the letter, which was given to The Associated Press.
So what do these 11 Italian lawmakers all have in common? They are all members of embattled Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's party.
This might be unremarkable if it weren't for the fact that Berlusconi is currently in the midst of a heated battle to try and strip power away from Italian courts. Just today, for example, he called his own country a "dictatorship of left-wing prosecutors."
Why would he want prosecutors to have less power? Perhaps because he's currently facing charges of bribery and having sex with an underage prostitute, then paying to have it covered up.
In fact, attacking the Italian court system has been a favorite hobby over the years for Berlusconi, who, besides the latest accusations, has faced 20 some charges of corruption and abuse of power over the years. In almost every case he (with the help of his party) has been able to pass changes to the law that have kept him out of jail.
This latest effort to attack the country's justice system may certainly be warranted, as most outside observers have found major faults with the way that the Knox case has been handled.
But the reason for it has a much greater chance of being about saving Berlusconi's ass from being thrown in jail than helping an American student that he and his party feels has been wrongfully convicted.