How does this ingroup/outgroup mentality affect Amanda Knox?
Prejudices already exist.
American abroad students are a “wild card” in Italy. There is a definite separation of “us versus them”. Many students treat a semester abroad like a semester long spring break.
An Italian blogger writes “So, here we have another case of a 20-something naughty girl, or Veline as they are commonly called here, basically ‘eye candy’, flirting around with yet another overdressed septuagenarian man.”
Form: Amanda’s boyfriend kisses her and rubs her arms
American meaning: a boyfriend comforting his girlfriend who is distraught and in shock.
Italian meaning: They seem to be collaborating. “There’s the image of them, of the two of them, kissing outside the murder scene. One’s expectation would be for them to be in shock, in tears. Instead, they seem to be sharing a little secret between the two of them.”
“ Amanda ’s attorney Theodore Simon stated that there is no question of her innocence since the police did not find any forensic evidence, such as DNA, hair, fiber, blood or skin, directly indicating that Knox had been in the bedroom where Meredith Kercher was sexually assaulted and murdered” (Entertainment and Showbiz.com)
Amanda Knox is found guilty and sentenced to 26 years in an Italian prison.
She owes $7.4 million to Meredith Kercher’s family.
“ It appears clear to us that the attacks on Amanda’s character in much of the media and by the prosecution had a significant impact on the judges and jurors and apparently overshadowed the lack of evidence in the case.”
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Preston, Douglas. "The True Monster of Florence." Web log post. The Wrap . Apr. 2009. Web. Nov. 2009. <http://www.thewrap.com/blog-entry/2354>.
"Unveiling The Veline." Web log comment. My Life In Italy . LifeInItaly.com, Aug. 2007. Web. Nov. 2009. <http://.my.lifeinitaly.com/blogs/burntbythetuscansiun/270-unveiling-veline-defense.html>.
Amanda Knox parents swear by their daughter 痴 innocence on Oprah. (2010, February 24). Retrieved from http://www.entertainmentandshowbiz.com/amanda-knox-parents-swear-by-their-daughter 痴 - innocence-on-oprah-2010022437969
Newton, P. (n.d.). Amanda Knox sobs as guilty verdict read. Retrieved 2010, from http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/12/04/italy.knox.trial/index.html