OK, yes, you’re right, she probably did kill her daughter. And cover it up. And it was insane and terrible.
And, no, I don’t know a ton about the case — other than what I gathered from The View and bits of MSNBC before changing the channel.
But, that’s the point: I don’t know a ton about it, I didn’t have to listen to arguments from both attorneys and look at evidence. It doesn’t matter what I think, because here, in the US, you’re not subject to mob judgements.
You are subject to a premise of innocence, even if you don’t deserve it, and you have the right to a standard of proof that was not met in this case.
Yes, she probably did it and in Italy that would have been enough to convict her from the start, but here, probably isn’t good enough.
And, I’m ok with that.
If you concede that we will not, as a country or a justice system, be accurate 100% of the time (and we won’t because regardless of what CSI tells you, it’s pretty impossible), then the only question that matters is which side would you rather err on?
I don’t want tons of guilty people going free — hell, I don’t really want any guilty people going free — but I would rather some guilty not be punished than some innocent be locked up. [And, if you’re not ok with that, then you should decide what friends and family you’re ok with being wrongfully convicted?]
It is the price we pay for our freedom: the knowledge that we are less safe for it.
(I mean, my god, have you never read like any book ever?)
Innocent until proven guilty is a powerful thing and it does not exist everywhere and it does not exist without our belief in it. We could lock up everyone who seems suspicious or everyone who fits a certain profile. We could skip the whole trial thing and just send dissidents off to work camps. We could presume guilt – otherwise why would they have been arrested in the first place – and require someone to prove their innocence; it’s a system that is widely used in other countries.
(I don’t know a ton about the Amanda Knox case either, but I know it wouldn’t have met the standard of proof in the United States.)
But, we are better than that. We are braver and stronger than that. Even when it is hard – and I have no doubt it is hard right now for friends of family of the little girl who was killed – we are willing to believe in innocence; it is a cornerstone of America.