Amanda Knox’s acquittal overturned by Italian court, she will be retried for murder
As I said two years ago, I wasn’t really paying attention to the drama of the Amanda Knox case as it happened. In 2007, Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were accused of killing Knox’s British roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy. In the original trial, both Knox and Sollecito were found guilty, correct? And then in 2011, the conviction was overturned on appeal when the prosecution’s case seemed to fall apart when they found that the scientific evidence just wasn’t there, plus the Italian police seemed to focus on Knox early in the investigation simply because they thought she was kind of trampy (Dateline did a thing about the “slut-shaming” of the Italian courts and it was fascinating). Anyway, Knox’s conviction was overturned and she went home to Seattle, where she has stayed since 2011. She’s back in college and I think she’s working on a memoir. And now an Italian court has just overturned Knox’s acquittal!
As she continues to proclaim her innocence, Amanda Knox will be retried for the 2007 stabbing murder of Meredith Kercher, an Italian court ruled on Tuesday.
Knox, an American, and her Italian then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were initially found guilty of killing Knox’s 21-year-old British roommate and spent four years in prison – but that verdict was thrown out on appeal of the scientific evidence in 2011. Italy’s Court of Cassation has now thrown out the acquittal and ordered a retrial to be held in Florence, Reuters reports.
Knox, now 25, slammed the decision. “It was painful to receive the news that the Italian Supreme Court decided to send my case back for revision when the prosecution’s theory of my involvement in Meredith’s murder has been repeatedly revealed to be completely unfounded and unfair,” she said in a statement.
“I believe that any questions as to my innocence must be examined by an objective investigation and a capable prosecution,” she said. “The prosecution responsible for the many discrepancies in their work must be made to answer for them, for Raffaele’s sake, my sake, and most especially for the sake of Meredith’s family. Our hearts go out to them.”
Knox said she and her family would “face this continuing legal battle as we always have, confident in the truth and with our heads held high in the face of wrongful accusations and unreasonable adversity.”
Prosecutors claim Kercher was killed during a drug-fueled sexual assault. She was found with more than 40 wounds and a deep gash in the throat in the Perugia apartment she shared with Knox.
Knox and Sollecito admitted to smoking marijuana on the night Kercher died but said they played no role in her stabbing.
A third person, Rudy Guede of the Ivory Coast, is serving 16 years after being found guilty in a separate trial. Prosecutors believe he could not have killed Kercher by himself.
I guess the Italian legal system doesn’t believe in “double jeopardy”? In America, once a person has been acquitted, they cannot be recharged with the same crime. So will Knox have to go back to Italy for a retrial or will she just stay in Seattle and if the Italians try to extradite her, America will be like “Eh, no thanks”?
The NY Times says the retrial will likely begin later this year of in early 2014. Knox’s lawyer told the NYT that Knox would probably not go return to Italy for the retrial. Oh, and here’s an interesting detail that I didn’t know: Kercher’s family pursued this retrial. They were the ones pushing the Italian courts to get justice for Meredith. So… the Kercher family still believes Knox had something to do with Meredith’s murder?