Amanda Knox Parents
October 5, 2011 by staff
• Freed U.S. hikers Iranian prison described as “world of lies and false hopes”
• Amanda Knox returns home after acquittal
As supporters celebrate the murder conviction of Amanda Knox dump – Tuesday and fly from Italy to London to Seattle – legal observers hear the echo of the recent cases: the two journalists jailed in U.S. North Korea (and released after the intervention of former President Bill Clinton), and the two American hikers who were released just two weeks ago after spending 781 days in an Iranian prison on spying charges.
America has learned something from these episodes?
More precisely, what can and should do American parents when their children become entangled in a foreign legal system?
Interviews with international lawyers, academics and media specialists are creating a manual for action:
• Getting the best local bar
• Contact the U.S. Embassy and the State Department in Washington
• Creation of much attention as possible, either by local newspapers and television media or social Twitter Facebook
• Act quickly
You should be informed about the culture of the countries of their loved ones to visit soon, and be aware of their possible political axes to grind with the U.S. government. Also, be very aware that the laws of other countries are not the same as in the U.S..
“The case of Amanda Knox, and a number of other high profile cases such as the recently released Iranian hikers should remind all Americans that the laws of different countries differ from those of the United States,” said Kevin Johnson, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of California, Davis, in an email.
“The rights of the accused, the power to enforce state law and, and the conduct of trials and appeals, differ dramatically among nations. It should be obvious, but U.S. citizens should be extremely careful not to get into trouble when visiting other countries, “he says.
“With respect to parents, the case of Amanda Knox and Iranian hikers as the story of young jailed for drug trafficking in the 1978 movie ‘Midnight Express’, is nothing short of a nightmare. A father has a limited ability to affect the legal system in another country and must work through diplomatic channels, ie through the Department of State. The process can be slow (as in the case of Knox), frustrating and painful. ”
Paul Hoffman, an international human rights attorney based in Santa Monica agrees, but warns that most alarmed.
“There are tens of thousands of young people who go to countries everywhere and have absolutely no problem. I certainly would not deprive my children of the experience of traveling to these places based on fear,” says Hoffman.
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