|10/03/2011||Extension of time granted||On application of appellant and good cause appearing, it is ordered that the time to serve and file appellant's opening brief is extended to and including November 29, 2011.|
This is a jubilant day for Amanda Knox, who has finally received her well-deserved acquittal. Meredith Kercher was murdered on November 1, 2007; Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were convicted in December 2009. It took less than 2 years for Amanda's wrongful conviction to be reversed.
Laci Peterson disappeared on December 24, 2002. Scott was jailed on April 18, 2003, and has remained incarcerated to this day, nearly 8 1/2 years later. His first appellate brief hasn't even been filed, and won't be filed for at least another 2 months. The wheels of justice do indeed grind slow in America. Many people want to speed up executions; I'm sure just as many want to speed up the appeals process so wrongful convictions can be overturned at a much faster pace. Even when Scott's first appeal brief is filed, it will probably be 4 more years before we see the Court's decision. That will be 12 1/2 years compared to 2 years for Amanda Knox.