The murder conviction of Amanda Knox for the death of Meredith Kercher is one that is destined for the front pages.
The question is, why? If the crime had occurred in America, it might not even make national news, depending on what other news was breaking at the time.
There are a number of reasons why the conviction and 26-year sentence for Knox is hot stuff over here. For one, it's an American being convicted by another country's justice system.
That may grate with a lot of us. We feel, rightfully so, that we have one of the best justice systems in the world, if not the best. But that doesn't mean that an American isn't immune from prosecution in another country.
Knox was in Italy at the time, a death occurred, she became a suspect, Italy had jurisdiction, she went to trial, a conviction happened. I can understand her parents' prejudice against that system, but Knox got more justice than she would have in plenty of other countries.
And she got a better deal than she would have in Georgia, where a murder conviction gets you a minimum 30 years to serve before you're eligible for parole.
"Amanda like the rest is extremely disappointed, upset about the decision," Knox's mother, Edda Mellas, said after the visit to the prison just outside Perugia. "We told her that she's gonna get out of here. It's gonna take a little longer."
Again, this may be the strong emotions of watching your daughter get convicted of murder talking, but that sounds a little too optimistic. Knox was convicted of murder; she's not going anywhere for a long time.
Like a vast majority of us, I'm happy to be an American, but my status doesn't mean I get to walk free because I happened to be convicted in another nation. There are rules that we all have to follow, regardless of our nationality.