Italian prosecutors seek to reinstate Amanda Knox murder conviction
Italian prosecutors are appealing the case of Amanda Knox, the baby-faced American student who was freed after a sensational trial over the killing of a British student, the Associated Press reports.
The appeal seeks to reinstate the murder convictions for 24-year-old Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito; their 2009 convictions were thrown out last October on appeal. The case was a media sensation from the start, with allegations of sex, drugs and murder, The Times' Henry Chu reported last year:
Was she a killer, capable of murdering [British student] Meredith Kercher in the pursuit of sexual pleasure? Or was she the helpless victim of a prosecutor's character assassination and a botched police investigation?
Knox recently sought to appeal another conviction, this one for slander, which stems from her statements implicating an Italian bar owner in the killing during police questioning, the Guardian reported. Knox said she was pressured by police to accuse the man, who was arrested and ultimately cleared.
Knox has also been seeking a book deal. Her story has already been made into a Lifetime TV movie, which aired while she was still in prison. That upset her family and friends, who argued it could prejudice the jury, The Times reported last year.
-- Emily Alpert in Los Angeles
Photo: Amanda Knox, left, is comforted by her sister, Deanna Knox, during a news conference shortly after her arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in October. Credit: Elaine Thompson / Associated Press