Amanda Knox was ordered to stand trial yet again for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher. Tuesday’s bombshell comes a little over a month before the release of Knox’s memoir “Waiting To Be Heard.”
After overturning the guilty verdicts of Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in 2011, Italian courts are now seeking to appeal the acquittals. But will Knox appear, or even be forced to appear, in Italy for such a trial?
Unless she is convicted at the retrial, and her new conviction is then upheld by the highest court, only then could Italy begin to seek her extradition. Until then, Italian law cannot compel Knox to return to the country for the new trial. The most the appellate court could do is find her in contempt of court, a ruling that carries no additional penalties.
Regardless of the legalese of it all, the even larger question remains why? Stephanie Kercher, Meredith’s sister, spoke to Britan’s ITV News stating that her family welcomed the retrial in hopes that provided additional answers to so many questions still surrounding Kercher’s death. But, rather, it sounds as if the Italian legal system has been duped and wants a chance to rewrite their wrong. In his argument for a retrial, Prosecutor General Luigi Riello stated that appeal court had been too dismissive in casting aside DNA evidence when originally overturning the conviction.
Here’s the callous question: Do you care? 2011 was the year of “Foxy Knoxy,” and in the two years since, the Dateline specials and fervor have all but died down as other stories of intrigue and murder take the spotlight. Aside from a stray Amanda Knox joke in pop culture, the country seems to have filed the case away in its mental recesses. Yet here we are, the potential Knox retrial all over the web and the TV morning shows. Are you in or out?
Knox issued a statement on Tuesday:
“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. I believe that any questions as to my innocence must be examined by an objective investigation and a capable prosecution. The prosecution responsible for the many discrepancies in their work must be made to answer for them, for Raffaele’s sake, my sake, and most especially for the sake of Meredith’s family. Our hearts go out to them.”
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