Amanda Knox Convicted of Murder -- Again
An Italian appeals court just convicted former Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of British citizen Meredith Kercher in 2007, when they were all students in Perugia, Italy. Amanda spent 4 years in prison before being acquitted on a retrial. Amanda alleged that the Italian police yelled at her, threatened her and slapped her during ceaseless interrogations and that she was psychologically tortured in prison.
Amanda refused to return to Italy for yet a third trial and waited at home in Seattle for the verdict. She has said she will not go willingly to prison for a crime she did not commit. Legal experts think it unlikely that the U.S. will agree to extradite her, because she has already been acquitted of the crime. It would be unconstitutional for her to be punished for a crime she has been acquitted of. A judge sentenced Amanda to 28 1/2 years in prison and sentenced Sollecito to 25 years in prison. Knox will most likely appeal this verdict. Her legal fees have been staggering and we are appalled that the Italian government is allowing this to go on. She's been acquitted. It's over, let her try to get on with her life.
Here is CNN's report just before the verdict came in:
Posted on January 30, 2014
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