Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Amanda Knox: Several compelling reasons why Italy should be denied a third shot at Amanda Knox; Editorial; The Seattle Times;

EDITORIAL: "Italy should be denied a third shot at Amanda Knox," published by the Seattle Times on March 26, 2013.

GIST: "More than five years after the tragic murder of her roommate, Seattle’s Amanda Knox has weathered two trials, nearly four years in prison, a Lifetime TV movie and legal bills well above $1 million. What she doesn’t need is another stamp on her passport from Italy........."If Italy seeks extradition of Knox, the U.S. government should look closely at the sad, bizarre course of this case and deny the request. Her 2009 conviction was overturned in 2011 because of fundamental flaws in the evidence against her and her one-time Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. The prosecution’s theory — of a sex game involving Knox, Sollecito, Kercher and a fourth party gone brutally awry — was as ludicrous as it was flimsy. Instead, evidence overwhelmingly pointed to the fourth party, Rudy Guede, who fled Italy after the murder before eventually being captured and pleading guilty. The history of this case suggests a third trial would get the Kercher family no closer to relief. And it would undoubtedly expose Knox, who has returned to study at the University of Washington, to double jeopardy."

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Text of statement  issued by Amanda Knox: "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."

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