Amanda Knox says that the public should show compassion to a 20-year old Massachusetts woman who urged her boyfriend to commit suicide via text messages.
Michelle Carter was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Thursday for her role in Conrad Roy III’s death in 2014.
“It’s hard to feel sympathy for Michelle Carter,” she wrote in a Friday op-ed for the Los Angeles Times. “It’s also hard to feel sympathy for drug addicts or to understand obsessively suicidal adolescents. Even so, we have to try.”
“Just because it’s hard to feel sympathy and understanding, that doesn’t mean it isn’t the right – and just – thing to do,” Knox added.
“Conrad Roy III needed our sympathy and our help and didn’t get it in time. Michelle Carter deserves the same sympathy and help now.”
Some Twitter users on Friday praised Knox, who also experienced a high-profile criminal trial, for defending Carter.
Amanda Knox is greatness. She's come out in defense of Michelle Carter who I read was on one of those dangerous depression medications.— Tokyo Shemp (@Prepostericity) August 4, 2017
Other people on the social media platform criticized Knox, who first gained global prominence for allegedly killing another woman in Italy ten years ago.
Amanda Knox is so wrong about Michelle Carter, she had every responsibility to seek help for Conrad Roy, just as we have in abuse of another— Joe Paratore (@paratoreknows) August 4, 2017
Knox additionally criticized a court finding Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter last June in relation to Roy’s death.
“Encouraging your boyfriend to follow through with his own death wish should not qualify,” she wrote.
“Carter may not be innocent in a moral or philosophical sense, but she wrongfully convicted,” Knox added.
Roy, 18, killed himself in 2014 by inhaling carbon monoxide in his pickup truck after repeatedly discussing suicide with Carter, who was 17 at the time.
Knox spent nearly four years in an Italian prison after being convicted for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, her roommate and fellow exchange student there.
Italy’s highest court exonerated Knox in 2015, freeing her from a 26-year sentence for Kercher’s death.