On a lighter note, I like how the Daily Mail Posted the Wrong Story
, saying she had been found guilty. While it's entirely reasonable to write up multiple stories ahead of time, it's a little disturbing (though not too surprising, given the source) that they even had supposed reactions from Knox. Who cares if what we write is true, as long as it sells, right?
The BBC did the exact same thing a few years ago. A gun collector with an historically significant collection of Wild West-era firearms was arrested on charges that he was selling his guns onto the black market (because an ancient S&W in an obsolete calibre that will likely blow up in your face with a modern powder load is exactly what the modern gangsta is after. Apparently
The trial took about 6 months, half way through the judge threw out more than half of the 24 or so charges the prosecutors had leveled against him.
When he was found innocent of all charges the BBC put a story live about how he'd been found guilty, including a quote from a senior police officer saying he was clearly a dangerous and calculating individual with links to the criminal underworld, etc, etc.
I found it somewhat disturbing that a police officer was commenting or even speculating to a member of the press on the outcome of a case in which he was involved before a verdict was reached. But then the Public Prosecutors were stubborn, even after the defendant had explained the law better than the prosecutors were able to, they persisted in pursuing the remaining charges that the judge hadn't thrown out.
As an aside, the Police still haven't returned a significant number of items to his collection, despite the judge stating that he was totally free and went from the court without blemish, and it would be churlish of the Police not to return his property immediately. This was quite a high-profile case - the Police were singing their own praises about how they'd "busted" this major black market ring but were eventually made to look very stupid. As with the Italian prosecutors in the Knox case, when their case started falling apart around them they became very unhelpful and desperate to save face rather than doing the adult thing and gracefully saying. "No, we're wrong, our evidence has been shown to be of poor or non-existent quality. Our apologies to the defendant for wasting their time, we withdraw our case."