Amanda Knox, the Seattle student studying abroad in Italy who was convicted, then acquitted, of murdering her roommate, is facing another trial, though it’s unlikely that she’ll be extradited from Italy.
Knox was last decade’s alleged murderer with sexytimes overtones. Then there was Casey Anthony, who was accused of killing her daughter but convicted only for lying to prosecutors. Now, there’s Jodi Arias, who is on trial for the murder of her boyfriend.
The strange thing about all these trials is that they occupy hours of television time but it’s possible that you’ve heard very little about them unless someone you know is following the trial. I hadn’t heard about Casey Anthony until I went home for a visit and my cable-watching relatives told me about it. The same is true of Arias, who apparently has spent a couple of weeks testifying on her behalf, but hasn’t been on the front page of the Post, Times or Guardian, at least that I’ve seen.
Am I the only one who manages to stay almost completely ignorant of these trials? I’m not complaining, mind you, but whenever I find something like this I wonder what else occupies a great deal of people’s time that I know nothing about.