Amanda Knox was finally cleared of all charges today. The story is trending. I think about her a lot.
Her story, for those of you who do not know, was that she was convicted by an Italian court of the murder of her roommate. She served almost 4 years in jail before getting released after an appeal found her not guilty. Then, 2 yeas later she was found guilty again by an appellate court, but did not return to jail, but waited for another court to decide her fate. In March she was finally found not guilty by the Italian Supreme court. Yesterday they explained the decision for throwing out the conviction. They explain the story better than I can here: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/top-italian-court-throws-out-amanda-knox-murder-conviction-n423006
I can’t help but feel for her because of the length and hopelessness of her ordeal. Her story was all over the tabloids for years. She was in another country without her family or friends in jail, at the mercy of a legal system that found her guilty. I am always amazed by the things that people are able to bear and overcome. I can only imagine the staggering legal bills and the additional costs that her family had just in airfare. The costs of legal proceedings are so much more than just the lawyers. There is the missed work- she was not able to earn in jail and her family probably missed a ton of work too- then there is therapy and/or whatever people need to do to get the support to handle the burden.
Many people have great burdens that they have to contend with and try to overcome. It is so random, never personal, but that is a part of life. Bad things happen to good people all the time. All we can do is persevere. And in time, a day, a month, a year, a decade, it ends. It never ceases to fascinate me. I have written many times, my old pal Winston Churchill did indeed say, “if you are going through hell, keep going.”
Things end. I promise. And I am so glad whenever someone's ordeal ends- so happy for them and so happy for the proof.