Andrew Gumbel at the Guardian on why Amanda Knox deserves a retrial. “The longer the Italian courts consider the Meredith Kercher case – and we have now had three trials, six presiding judges, two hearings before the Italian high court and a third on the way – the more the country's institutions of justice have covered themselves in shame,” Gumbel writes. “To read the new conviction report in detail is to enter a kind of alternate reality, where concrete facts appear ignored and alternate facts are seemingly plucked from the air. Kercher's murder is reduced to a parlor game and all roads lead to the inevitable, if not also foregone, conclusion that Knox and Sollecito are guilty. As the case trudges toward the seven-year mark, one has to wonder how much appetite the institutions of justice still have to stand by what they have done.” The Guardian's James Donaghy tweets, "The Guardian run another helpful advertorial for #AmandaKnox".
Jamelle Bouie at Slate on why Wisconsin’s voter ID decision is a big deal. “Some precautions are necessary and others seem optional. Others are dumb. You can add one more item to the list of useless precautions: voter identification laws. In an opinion striking down Wisconsin’s voter ID law—signed in March by Gov. Scott Walker—Judge Lynn Adelman looks at the supposed menace of in-person voter fraud—the GOP’s reason for ID requirements—and finds nothing,’” Bouie writes. “This ruling is significant for more than what it means for Wisconsin. As Ari Bermannotes for The Nation, it’s part of a larger trend of courts striking down voter identification laws. What’s more, the Wisconsin decision marks the first time a voter ID law has been invalidated under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, as opposed to a state constitution.” New York's Jonathan Chait tweets, "Very good @jbouie summary of the Wisconsin voter ID ruling."