Once And For All
I’m going to have some more arguments with my Italian cousins, it seems. But now they get to be mad at their own highest court instead of defending their bizarre criminal justice system to me, one that I once characterized as “interesting because when the prosecutor doesn’t get a result he likes, he can just appeal and start over again until he gets a conviction.” Ms. Knox’s and Mr. Sollecito’s actual innocence has, or ought to have, been obvious for a long time. These two young people have their whole lives ahead of them now, and their shamefully lengthy and convoluted legal nightmare has ended. That I still feel bitter about the experience for them is proof enough of the maxim that justice delayed is justice denied — but the right result in the end mitigates that to a degree.
Burt Likko is the pseudonym of an attorney in Southern California and the managing editor of Ordinary Times. His interests include Constitutional law with a special interest in law relating to the concept of separation of church and state, cooking, good wine, and bad science fiction movies. Follow his sporadic Tweets at @burtlikko, and his Flipboard at Burt Likko.