@ Mynerva: What Anarch was kind enough to say in my defense on that point (thank you, Anarch).
DarbyDollinger wrote:You have a tendency that a lot of Europeans have of lecturing Americans, which is a bit dull, Glaucon.
Sure, a lot of Europeans do that. To be honest, I think I am rather nuanced about it compared to most Europeans. Like Anarch said, most consider the US justice system (and political system) to be bad jokes. They usually base their judgment on what they hear in the news, the worst excesses. Much like people in the USA do regarding Italy, apparently. I do try to be fairer than that.
For example, you sneer about American not knowing Silvio. How many Europeans know the name of the Chinese President or Japan's PM?
Very few. But the same is true for Americans. And how many of those know who Steven Harper is? Or Enrique Peña Nieto? I'd guess that most people in Europe would at least be able to name Hollande, Cameron, Merkel and Erdogan. And I think they'd know where Florida, Texas and California are on a map, as well. But Silvio is a bit of an exceptional character. His antics make him rather like Rob Ford, but a Rob Ford that has been at it for decades and one that has been dominating the politics of the 9th biggest economy for a very long time (until recently, but you never know with Silvio).
And hey... it was just an aside.
I agree that the USA is probably not going to extradite Knox. Public opinion is clearly on her side and most officials won't like going against that.