The Retort (Billings, Mont.) 1955-2014, April 17, 2014, Image 7

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CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF 2014-2015 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF REQUIREMENTS THE TERM OF OFFICE SHALL BEGIN ON THE DAY FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF SPRING SEMESTER OF THE YEAR IN WHICH HE/SHE IS SELECTED THE TERM OF OFFICE SHALL END THE LAST DAY OF THE NEXT SPRING SEMESTER THE EDITOR WILL RECEIVE A STIPEND ACCORDING TO THE BUDGET PASSED Th BY THE ASMSU BILLINGS SENATE e Retort THE RETORT IS FUNDED BY ASMSU BILLINGS AND PROVIDES A LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR THE STUDENTS INVOLVED AS WELL AS SERVING AS AN INDEPENDANT NEWS OUTLET FOR STUDENTS AMANDA KNOX: GUILTY OR NOT? WILL WE EVER KNOW THE TRUTH? By Nicole Mosure editor@msubretort.org S ome of you may have heard recently that Amanda Knox was proven guilty, again, in Italy. For those of you who do not know, here is the run-down. Amanda Knox was a foreign exchange student, originally from Seattle, who went to study in Italy. In September of 2007, she moved to Perugia, Italy, to study at the university for a year. She shared a flat with three other women, one of whom was Meredith Kercher. Kercher was from England and had also traveled to study abroad. The women became friends and attended events together until one day Knox reported wing home to find Kerchner's door locked, and no answer from within. Upon further investigation, Kerchner was found dead in her room. She had died from blood loss as a result of multiple stab wounds, and signs of suffocation were evident. Knox was questioned and maintained that she had spent the night at a boyfriend's (Raffaele Sollecito) apartment. This was maintained until Knox supposedly implicated herself and her boss in questioning. Her boss was determined innocent due to forensic evidence. Sollecito and Knox, as well as one other, were convicted of murder and sentenced to jail time in Italy. Knox spent time in jail about three years before her original conviction was overturned. She was released, and returned home to Seattle where she is currently a student at the University of Washington. Knox had just about returned to normal life when the highest criminal court in Italy decided they were going to overturn the decision once again, and retry her and Sollecito. Just a few weeks ago, the court ruled and found Knox guilty once again. She is still in Seattle as she, unlike Sollecito, did not return to Italy to watch the re-trial of her case. Now for the opinion portion of the piece. Considering the fact that Knox has been proven guilty, will she actually serve jail time? The answer is most likely no; we are not going to deport her back to Italy for this. As long as she does not enter Europe, she cannot be forced to return for jail. We have a rule of double jeopardy her in the States that will protect her. The question everyone wants to know is, is she actually guilty? We all want the answer to the question. My guess is, we will never know what the truth is to the matter. I do believe that if you are guilty, you need to do the time and not make assumptions, but if a court finds you guilty twice, there may be truth to the matter. It is never right for someone to take another person's life. There had to be something that made the court decide to re-try it. There had to be some belief that she may have actually done this or they would have let the conviction stand. If Amanda Knox did kill her roommate, she deserves to spend her time in jail as does anyone else who commits a crime as heinous as this.

The Retort (Billings, Mont.), 17 April 2014, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/TheRetort/2014-04-17/ed-1/seq-7/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.