I agree--what happened to your friend, if the facts are as you say they are, is horrible.
"Yes, but are you a Protestant atheist or a Catholic atheist?".- Northern Irish joke
All of the 'safeguards' we put to make sure justice is done often let off the bad guys with minimal punishment while the innocent man can expect to take the brunt of the law because of an accident or bad timing. And if in fact that guy had accidentally downloaded kiddie porn (which btw people set up Porn Bombs on PURPOSE), it would have been easy to prove that he had only downloaded anything ONCE if the Prosecution done its job and SOUGHT JUSTICE (Yeah, it's not SUPPOSED to pursue a conviction, that's what politics have turned it into) and the Defense for most, if it isn't a private lawyer, is some public defender with 50 cases a week and sometimes less than 2 hours time with their client to go over cases, and usually in that time they just work on ways to admit guilt and go for the least punishment.
Amanda Knox is no longer part of the regular news cycle; the media depicted her as a satanic whore before anyone had a chance to see the real story behind this miscarriage of justice, that is, an innocent college student was being railroaded by a corrupt, mentally unstable prosecutor. His conviction is just another example of how flawed Knox's murder "trial" really was.Amanda Knox prosecutor Giuliano Mignini convicted of 'abuse of office' - Times Online
Giuliano Mignini, the prosecutor who secured the conviction last month of the American student Amanda Knox for the murder of her British flatmate Meredith Kercher, was handed a 16-month prison sentence yesterday for “abuse of office” in a separate murder investigation.
Mignini was convicted by a Florence court of exceeding his powers by tapping the phones of police officers and journalists investigating the still unsolved “Monster of Florence” serial killings between 1968 and 1985.
The Italian justice system can still partially redeem itself if she's released on appeal; if, however, her conviction stands, Italy will have confirmed its status as politically dysfunctional.