Imagine 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 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?