As I've said, it is not my intention to comment on the leading stories, instead I want to ferret out those stories that resonate with me, make me laugh, or which I can put the Bad Lawyer lens on for you. But this being my Blawg--I can do anything I wish--so let me comment on the Amanda Knox murder prosecution.
The New York Times reported this morning that Miss Knox spoke to the jury in a closing remark--which by the way is unheard of in the US, unless the defendant is self-representing, a gross mistake as John Allan Muhammad could attest to if he were still alive. According to the NYT, Miss Knox told the jury, in fluent Italian and a trembling voice she told them that she is afraid to be "labeled" a murderer. While I would normally allow for missed nuances, the Times reporter seems to have a flawless command of Italian as evidenced by (1 the reporter's Italian last name (Donadio); and (2 the reporter's description of Ms. Knox's fluency.
What strikes me about Amanda Knox is that in a shaking voice, she says--I don't want to be labeled a "murderer." Wow. You, Miss Knox, are responsible for participating in the events that resulted in your roommate's head being nearly severed from its shoulders, you covered up the crime, and you tried to blame an innocent party who is wrongly arrested and jailed--but, you don't want to be labeled. If you were some fat hillbilly chick in a trailer park in Wheeling, West Virginia your story would be over--and no one would give a shit.
We identify with Miss Knox and the family that loves her, because we have daughters. We intuitively know what our children are capable of in their carelessness and unsophisticated worldview (btw, look at Gayle's Bard Blog http://gaylesbardblog.blogspot.com/: for a detailed discussion of just these issues, especially, in her brilliant look at Romeo and Juliet, it's a tale as old as time.)
More importantly, I identify with Miss Knox. I know what it is to feel sleepless anxiety over a label--as my self-view crumbles away. Grow accustom to the label, little Miss Knox you are alive, Meredith Kercher is dust.