Great news that she's finally being released.
A thought: this entire case reminds me strongly of the spate of Satanic ritual abuse accusations in the 80s that put a good number of innocent people in jail, some who are still there. It's not just the baseless accusations of Satanism-inspired sexual torture and murder, either. It's that these accusations seem to be a response to widespread cultural anxiety about women's claims to be independent and free. I firmly believe suspicions were aimed at day cares (as opposed to public schools) in the 80s because day cares symbolized women entering the workforce in record numbers, and doing so in a way that made it clear things would never go back to the way they were. In Knox's case, it's super-duper-clear that the railroading of her was shot through with vicious misogyny. Yes, there were other factors, including Italian resentment of American college kids who act like overgrown children who never learned good manners, but let's not kid ourselves. The eagerness to to pin this crime on Knox had as much to do with wanting to string up a woman for a violent sex crime as anything else, even though very few women actually commit sex crimes in the real world. It's not that there's never any women who do what Knox was accused of—joining a man for a violent sex crime (her then-boyfriend has also been exonerated, thank goodness, since he's equally innocent)—but it's both exceedingly rare and when it does happen, it's not the first week that they're dating. You don't leap to that first, and you don't stick to it like you were super-glued despite the evidence against that theory, unless you have an agenda, which I believe the prosecution had.
What was interesting about the Satanic ritual abuse situation is that so many feminists got caught up in the hysteria. Historically speaking, this makes some sense. Child abuse was a feminist issue, and it basically got hijacked by more right wing impulses to attack the places that made it possible for so many mothers to work. In a similar way, feminist critiques of porn were hijacked by the right and, in a move that basically helped destroy all feminist momentum in the 80s, some feminists decided to go along with the right on the issue. Since then, we've seen a lot of other feminist impulses get hijacked and distorted by the right, though feminists have grown wiser about how this works and don't give in so much. Now when right wingers steal feminist language and claim, for instance, that sonograms for women who want abortions are necessary for "informed consent"—a feminist idea—we see the ruse for what it is. Not as much in the 80s. That was a hard-learned lesson.
I do sense a small bit of this problem of feminist-duping going on with the Amanda Knox case, however. I haven't heard anyone denounce her or claim she's guilty, thank goodness, but I have heard a lot of people suggest that perhaps we shouldn't care that much because Knox is a privileged white woman and that's why her case is getting so much attention. (I've felt this to a degree myself.) That may be true, but I also think there's more going on than that. This case has also risen to prominence because people wanted to believe in her guilt. Which I suspect taps into cross-cultural misogynist desires. It's also become a focal point for widespread problems of sexism in Italy. Above all, cases where people are actually busting out the Satanism card grab attention because this is the 21st century, and well, this is the 21st century. Knox's case is a lot like the West Memphis Three, who faced similar accusations of Satanism that were used to railroad them for a crime they didn't commit. That Satan-worshipping is bandied around in criminal justice cases like it's a real thing should be a matter of concern for all of us. It's a symptom of a larger problem, and ignoring the usefulness of this case to highlight problems of misogyny, miscarriage of justice, and the way that false beliefs are presented as truth in court is an unwise thing to do.