The Supreme Court of Italy will decide the fate of Amanda Knox, who, along with her boyfriend, was convicted for the murder of her roommate and then later released.
Meredith Kercher was found half-naked in her apartment in Perugia on November 2007. Her throat had been slashed, and there were signs of sexual abuse.
The principal suspects in the case – Knox, a student from the University of Washington, and her then boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito – were also convicted in 2009. However, their convictions were repealed in 2011. After four years of imprisonment, she was released and went to Seattle.
Two years later, they were once again convicted after a retrial.
On January 2014, the original verdict was upheld, sentencing Knox to 28.5 years and Sollecito to 25 years of imprisonment.
Knox maintains that she is innocent.
Knox said in a statement, “No matter what happens, my family and I will face this continuing legal battle as we always have, confident in the truth and with our heads held high in the face of wrongful accusations and unreasonable adversity.”
Rudy Guede, a third suspect in the case, is undergoing his 16-year sentence.
Washington attorney Dan Suleiman, former deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Justice’s criminal division, elucidated the process that will come into effect. He said that an extradition request could be issued by the Italian government, which will be sent to the U.S. State Department. After the Justice Department and the State Department make the call, it would be referred to a federal court, probably in Seattle; and thereafter Knox’s attorneys would build a case.
Julian Ku, an international law professor at Hofstra University and also Kercher’s family attorney, said that the Knoxes will fight for extradition.
“In these cases, the United States normally extradites because they are constantly asking other countries to extradite. It would weaken the United States’ case when it asks other countries to return people.”
However, it “would be politically unpopular because she’s so popular and gets so much attention. It will be hard.”
Over the years, the November 2007 murder case of Meredith Kercher has gathered tremendous attention from the media. Debates and controversies sparked regarding the facts surrounding the case. It also became a cautionary tale for American girls who travel overseas to pursue their education.
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