I must admit I’m not fond of open threads. Essentially, it’s like letting a bunch of strangers take over a blog post, and I guess I’m territorial enough to be bothered by that. But I can’t deny that some readers love them. I’ll never be able to put up with the anarchy of a generalized open thread, where people can theoretically discuss whatever is on their minds, but certain subjects covered by this blog tend to demand open threads. So, since folks have remained relatively — and I mean relatively — civil, here’s a new open thread for discussion of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy last November. You can click the tags at the bottom of this post to find past entries in this blog about this case. Please maintain a civil dialogue, and please do NOT bring arguments from other blogs to this one. In that respect, I remain apologetically protective of this space. If you started an argument elsewhere, finish it there, or forget about it. Please be courteous to any new posters, and if you express suspicion of who they really are, what their purpose is, please have a grounded, rational reason. This post is yours, now — have at it.