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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Amanda Knox was found guilty of the 2007 murder of her former roommate Meredith Kercher today by an Italian court. The judge sentenced Knox to 28 years in prison. Her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and co-defendant was sentenced to 25 years. Knox, who remained in her hometown of Seattle for the trial, watched the verdict with her family live on television. "I am frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict," Knox said. "Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system."


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Could she be placed under house arrest and allowed to stay in America?

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2014-01-30 05:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

Could she be placed under house arrest and allowed to stay in America?

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2014-01-30 05:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

She'll just stay here and live her life.

#2 | Posted by Sully at 2014-01-30 05:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

I don't think she has to be placed under any kind of arrest. The U.S. may simply choose not to extradite her.

Shortly before the verdict was reached Knox told the Guardian that if found guilty she hoped that the U.S. government would refuse to extradite her to Italy.

"I'm definitely not going back to Italy willingly. They'll have to catch me and pull me back kicking and screaming into a prison that I don't deserve to be in. I will fight for my innocence," she told the Guardian.

#3 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-01-30 05:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

Without Italian Constitutional guarantees against double let alone quadruple jeopardy, what you get is prosecutors gone wild.

#4 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-01-30 05:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

If the US has a valid extradition treaty with Italy, on what basis do we refuse to extradite a duly convicted murderer? How would we feel if Mexico played that game with us?

I want to believe she is innocent, mostly because she presents so well. But this time around it was presumably a fair trial. And she was convicted. Case closed?

#5 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-01-30 05:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

Commentary: Amanda Knox will never be extradited to Italy:


The U.S. should never extradite someone who was convicted because the country allows double jeopardy. Other countries won't extradite to us because they don't use capital punishment. This is the same principle at work.

#6 | Posted by rcade at 2014-01-30 05:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

Honest question: Was this double jeopary? In the US people have convictions overturned all the time due to some trial court error, and the case get remanded back to the trial court for re-trial. Was Knox ever acquitted IN A TRIAL COURT? If memory serves, the only court to find her innocent was an appellate court. And if that is the case, I'm not sure that what transpired here is double jeopardy.

#7 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-01-30 05:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

The US won't extradite because her double jeopardy rights would be violated. In the US if you are found innocent by a appellate court you are innocent. Now an appellate can order a re-trial which is not the same as finding you innocent. However, in this case the appellate court in Italy overturned her conviction. Under US law once that's done you are innocent. You can't ever be tried for same crime by that jurisdiction again.

#8 | Posted by ReagansNads at 2014-01-30 06:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Knox, who remained in her hometown of Seattle for the trial, watched the verdict with her family live on television."

I guess that pretty much shoots the Pompeii trip all to hell.

#9 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2014-01-30 07:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

If she was innocent, this decision of guilt would represent huge mental stress. There are Americans and those in foreign countries serving time in private and public prisons that are innocent of charges, but their limited financial wherewithal restricts their ability to get actual justice, meaning on both ends of the justice scale.

#10 | Posted by Robson at 2014-01-30 07:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

The guy she was tried with was dumb enough to go back to Italy. Now they have him and he's going to have to serve prison time. Who would be dumb enough to go back to Italy after you were released? What an idiot.

#11 | Posted by boaz at 2014-01-30 09:41 PM | Reply | Flag:

Raffaele Sollecito is Italian, so leaving Italy wasn't much of an option unless he got asylum somewhere else.

#12 | Posted by rcade at 2014-01-31 08:25 AM | Reply | Flag:

read some of the evidence, and now i'm not so sure she wasn't involved. Too late, with double jeopardy issue.

#13 | Posted by drewinnj at 2014-01-31 02:02 PM | Reply | Flag:


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