CNN this morning. A story about Amanda Knox, the American student on trial in Italy for murdering her roommate. Brutally weak case and I suspect she’s being prosecuted because she’s an American and an idiot who was so stoned during her police interview that she actually turned cartwheels in the holding cell.
But then the anchor says that under Italian law, defendants are not required to tell the truth if they get on the stand. He said it breathlessly, as though this was absolute proof of the superiority of all things American. “They’re not punished for perjury…in Italy.”
At which point I’m screaming and throwing my shirt at the TV, “Dude, been to a DUI trial lately? They’re not punished for it in America, either.”
At least, not in certain parts of America.