Amanda Knox looking for book deal
Amanda Knox, the American student who was cleared of murder charges in October after spending four years in an Italian jail, is looking for a book deal. Knox has hired prominent Washington attorney Robert Barnett to take her story to publishers, the European press agency AFP reports.
Barnett is known for brokering book deals of some of the world's most prominent people. He has represented Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Queen Noor of Jordan, and Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto.
Knox is a different character. She was a college student accused of murdering her roommate at an Italian study abroad program with the help of her Italian boyfriend. The sensational case, which the Italian courts contended was a sex game gone wrong, attracted international media attention. In 2009, Knox was convicted in the killing of Meredith Kercher; this year the verdict was overturned.
Barnett's law firm, Williams & Connolly, will "represent [Knox] in discussions with various book publishers who have expressed an interest in Amanda writing a book," according to a statement.
In October, we asked Jacket Copy readers to vote on whether they thought Knox should get a book deal. More than 800 said she should -- and almost 48% of all voters in our poll said they believed Knox to be innocent.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: Amanda Knox in an Italian courtroom in June. Credit: Peitro Crocchioni / European Pressphoto Agency