You probably thought I was going to write that Amanda Knox was convicted of murder. And while you’re correct that Ms. Knox was convicted of that crime in Italy today, that’s not what I was going to write.
Did you know that Ms. Knox was also convicted of defamation?
It’s true. Ms. Knox implicated another man in the murder earlier in the investigation and, guess what, defamation happens to be a crime in Italy.
Now, as I’ve said before defamation is a crime in many other countries and even in some of the united states.
So here’s the point of the post.
Even though this story is a matter of widespread public because it involves an american young woman who was convicted of murder in a foreign country, it is also significant because it is a high-profile case about criminal defamation. But, of course, no one is talking about this.
I have my thoughts on whether defamation should be punishable as a criminal offense, but I am going to reserve my opinion until I hear from you.
What do you think? Do you believe defamation should be a crime? If so, how should it be applied?
I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below.