The 26-year-old was sentenced to 28.6 years in prison for the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher. Now she is speaking out and calling the verdict ‘unjust.’
Amanda Knox is not happy that she was found guilty, again, in the murder trial of Meredith Kercher. She received word of the verdict while in her hometown of Seattle on Jan. 30 and released a statement.
Amanda Knox Speaks Out About Guilty Verdict
The Seattle native spoke out to CNN in a written statement immediately after the verdict was announced.
“I am frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict,” she wrote. “Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system. The evidence and accusatory theory do not justify a verdict of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. …There has always been a marked lack of evidence.”
She went on to say that the whole trial has spun out of control.
“This has gotten out of hand. Most troubling is that it was entirely preventable,” she continued. “I beseech those with the knowledge and authority to address and remediate the problems that worked to pervert the course of justice and waste the valuable resources of the system.”
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The decision was made by an appeals court in Florence. Previously, both she and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito both spent four years in custody, before being acquitted in their 2011 appeal.
Amanda can attempt another appeal with the Supreme Court, and there could even be another trial.
“Italy would usually refuse to extradite someone convicted of murder to the U.S. based on human rights grounds, because of the death penalty,” Argia Bignami, a Rome-based attorney told USA Today. “But that is not relevant for an extradition request to Italy from the U.S.
Amanda also told Matt Lauer during her Today interview on Sept. 20, why she didn’t want to go back for the trial.
“I was imprisoned as an innocent person,” she said. “It’s common sense not to go back.”
In the United States, Amanda could not be retried because of Double Jeopardy laws, which state you can’t be tried for the same crime twice.
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