Amanda Knox Could Be Headed Back to Court For the Murder of Meredith Kercher

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Amanda KnoxImagine being tried for a vicious murder, convicted, spending four years in jail, and then finally having that conviction overturned, and being released from prison and sent back home to the waiting arms of your family. But then, suddenly, things change. And you could end up back in prison for the same crime you've been acquitted of. That's the predicament Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, find themselves in. The couple who became famous for being convicted of brutally killing Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, and sentenced to 25 years in prison each, were eventually acquitted after details of the bungled investigation came to light. But the Italian courts aren't through with them yet.

Amanda and Raffaele were cleared in 2011 and free to leave Italy. Amanda returned to her hometown, Seattle, where she was reunited with her family and has kept a low profile, except for writing a memoir, Waiting To Be Heard, about her time in prison, which will be released in April. She is now a student at the University of Washington.

But all of that could come crumbling down -- again. Prosecutors will appear in Italian court on Monday to argue that the pair should be retried. If the Supreme Court upholds the pair's acquittal, then Amanda can breath a sigh of relief and continue on with her life. But if the prosecutors are successful, they will face a retrial. I imagine she will be extradited to Italy. Ugh.

Amanda's lawyer said:

She is very anxious about the hearing but she is waiting for it knowing full well that the outcome is very important.

I simply can't imagine what Amanda, her family and friends, and Raffaele and his family and friends are going through. This is surely going to be the worst weekend ever for them. But I can't imagine what Meredith's family is going through either. After all, they still don't have their daughter back and never will. And they believe that the perpetrators got away with it. In fact, it is the Kercher family that launched the appeal of the acquittal.
 

I agree with the U.S. system that you can't be tried for the same crime twice. But it's not that way in Italy, and prosecutors might feel they have enough evidence to move forward and get a conviction. Hard to believe since they couldn't get one to stick the first time.

Do you think Amanda and Raffaele should be retried?

 
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bills... billsfan1104

If I were Amanda, I would keep my fat ass right here in the states and hide. Fuck that shit

nonmember avatar blh

Ha there's no way I'd be going back to Italy

nonmember avatar kaerae

She shouldn't go. Let them try to extradite her. Italy won't extradite to us because we have the death penalty.

Sirena Robinson

The United States won't send her back. I would bet money on that.

nonmember avatar Angelo

Well, there are some mistakes in this article.
First of all, they are not going to be prosecuted again, unless the Supreme Court won't confirm their acquittal. So it's not a matter of going back to jail, but rather that there is the possibility that judges may decide to reopen the case.
Second, Amanda Knox won't be extradited unless after new investigations and confirmation of her guilt, she would be sentenced permanently. Her boyfriend doesn't risk extradition, for the simple reason that he is Italian and living in Italy.
Third, since her coming back to US she did not live as "low profile" as you say, since she made millions out of her story without having been acquitted yet definitively.
Forth, if you don't like other countries' judicial systems, think twice before consuming drugs and killing people.
Ciao!

TheTr... TheTruthTeller

Hey Angelo, how about, think twice before doctoring evidence to get a conviction on two innocent people? The US will never extradite her. The Italian legal system so blatantly ran roughshod over her and they would not send her back when she so obviously was not involved in the murder.

Claud... ClaudiaLynn

You really think she did it? No shred of DNA evidence, for either party. Seriously? Ridiculous investigation. And can you really trust the Italian authority figures? Total crooks themselves?

Brian Corvello

The U.S. will not extradite her. The State Department is not obligated to recognize ANY ruling that the High Court makes because the appeal of an aquittal violates Knox's Constitutional protection from double jeopardy, which she is entitled to now that she is in the States. That is more than enough for them to refuse any extradition request.

Besides, I am nearly certain that the Court will uphold the verdict.

However... Knox will still need a lawyer, just not a defense attorney, but rather one to negotiate the compensation for false imprisonment that she will be owed, due to Italian law. Count on it. This is going to come back to bite the prosecution in the ass hard.

Joan James

Hey Angelo...no one consumed drugs and killed anyone unless, of course, you are referring to Rudy Guede who sexually assaulted and brutally murdered Meredith Kercher all by himself...and who mayor may not have been drugged up when he committed the crime? Whatever...Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito had nothing whatsoever to do with the murder so you can't, of course, be referring to either of them.

lovem... lovemyson1224

The Italian courts are just mad that they made a seal with the real killer so he would testify against Amanda and her boyfriend.

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