A jury of their peers might have let them off. A judge may have given them short time. But the court of public opinion roundly convicted these women. We won’t take a position as to their guilt or innocence, but the following verdicts—spanning from the 1890s to Amanda Knox—sure caused a stir, and controversy will follow these ladies till their dying days.
1. Amanda Knox
A unanimous panel of judges and lay judges found Knox guilty of the murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher. On appeal, however, a higher court threw out the conviction. The prosecution can appeal this acquittal, with no word at press time on whether or not they plan to do so. The prosecution’s initial proposed motive—a ritualistic Satanic murder orgy—would be funny if the events weren’t so tragic.
People were so outraged over this verdict that overturning the protection against double jeopardy was the talk of the Internet for a whole two hours. While Anthony was convicted of lying to police, a jury let her off on the more serious charges of murder and aggravated child abuse. To be fair, going out and getting totally drunk every night does sound like a totally reasonable response to losing your kid.