Another chapter in Amanda Knox case: Retrial ordered

March 26, 2013 at 2:17 am | In Not WS but we're mentioning it anyway, West Seattle news | 18 Comments

2:17 AM: Almost a year and a half after former West Seattleite Amanda Knox‘s return home – an Italian court has just revived the case, by throwing out the verdict. Here’s the latest from the AP via our partners at The Seattle Times. This all comes a month before her book “Waiting to be Heard” is due out, and with it at least one network TV interview.

3:08 AM: Knox has issued a statement, the AP reports (added to the same link as above), in which she declares this development “painful.” (added) ITV has published her statement in full.

18 Comments

  1. This is the same government that convicted seven scientists to jail terms for failing to predict an earthquake……they’re not playing with a full deck,and I feel politics is more important to them then any real search for truth.

    Comment by Jamie — 5:20 am March 26, 2013 #

  2. Unbelievable, leave Amanda alone. Are Italian police able to come get her for retrial? Stay out of that country and live your life Amanda.

    Comment by Alki Resident — 6:30 am March 26, 2013 #

  3. Something definitely screwy in Italian politics/government. This country has had nearly 40 prime ministers just since WW2. Insane.

    Comment by Ken — 7:15 am March 26, 2013 #

  4. A farce of operatic proportions. Stay strong Amanda. Does anyone know a website for legal fund donations? Hopefully her team is of John Henry Browne caliber.

    Comment by DML — 7:25 am March 26, 2013 #

  5. Excellent coverage provided in the Seattle PI. The Italian high court made the right call. The acquittal verdict was non sensical. In the appeal, Knox’s conviction for falsely accusing her boss of the crime, placing herself at the crime scene, was upheld. Now the final court has ruled on that too: the defense request that it be overturned was denied. Knox stands convicted of the crime, a felony offense.

    Comment by Diner — 7:48 am March 26, 2013 #

  6. I believe the Italian officials like to stir up controversy to fuel their own media attention. This is a farce.

    There are so many of us who support you, Amanda. Let’s hope real justice will be upheld.

    Comment by Schmoopie — 7:49 am March 26, 2013 #

  7. I feel for Amanda and the Knox family. — Was hoping she could put this behind her.

    Comment by Iron Bear — 9:18 am March 26, 2013 #

  8. It’s hypocrisy to expect other countries to turn over US fugitives, like convicted Seattle-area criminals Martin Pang, Michael and Linda Mastro, and others, and not expect us to respect extradition treaties with other countries. If it comes to this, we should allow extradition of Ms Knox or forever be guilty of cultural elitism and snobbishness.

    Comment by Furor Scribendi — 9:21 am March 26, 2013 #

  9. Diner … you don’t know what you’re talking about. All that was decided was that another trial at the appellate level will occur.

    Godspeed to Ms. Knox and her family. I hope this nightmare can be finally put to bed – with justice served, by way of a full acquittal.

    Comment by wscommuter — 9:21 am March 26, 2013 #

  10. Diner,
    First of all the tossing of the aquittal DOES NOT reinstate the results of the first trial.
    Unlike US Courts, the appeal trial in Italy is a NEW trial with new evidence and witnesses introduced.
    In US appeal trials the ONLY thing reviewed is the trial process to ensure ALL formalities and legal issues are followed according to law.
    We DON’T know why the Italian Supreme Court threw out the aquittal, and we won’t for 60-90 days.
    All this decision accompishes is a NEW trial for ONLY for the most serious charge/s.

    Comment by Ex-Westwood Resident — 11:42 am March 26, 2013 #

  11. Be strong Amanda. Hopefully the truth will prevail.

    Comment by Nitro — 1:09 pm March 26, 2013 #

  12. I doubt they will ever see her again in Italy. In the US, we have laws against double jeopardy, which is what this is. If they convict her and try to extradite her, it will be blocked.

    The Italian justice system is a farce. Makes me want to never visit their county.

    Comment by Watchdog — 5:39 pm March 26, 2013 #

  13. Watchdog- I read something in the Times about the double jeopardy thing, because I was thinking the exact same thing. In their article (or editorial, I can’t remember) an Italian lawyer they interviewed said that a person’s verdict must be recognized by all levels of their judicial system for it to be officially assessed. So, that means her trial goes through the appeal AND Supreme Court before her final verdict is officially given. If the Supreme Court today had also agreed with the appeals court and THEN the prosecution tried to bring a new case against Amanda to court- that new case would be thrown out because of double jeopardy. I don’t know if I explained that well, but check the Times and find the article I saw. It explained everything very clearly.

    Comment by Nitro — 5:58 pm March 26, 2013 #

  14. The way the Italian prosecution tried to portray her as some kind of blood-thirsty sex crazed nutcase and then used the press completely invalidates the legitimacy of the Italian court system. What a farce. Amanda is innocent.

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/critics-knox-prosecutor-giuliano-mignini-seeking-revenge-redemption/t/story?id=14623904

    Comment by evergreen — 2:35 am March 27, 2013 #

  15. evergreen- how do u know she was innocent- where u hiding in the the closet at the crime scene. People that say they know what happened, either way, are just quite naive. Can’t trust someone that points the finger and accuses another for a murder- that’s the only real truth here, but if her pretty “innocent” face sways you then I guess that’s that.

    Comment by Dave — 9:07 pm March 27, 2013 #

  16. Because there is not enough evidence to prover her guilty, per countless news sources relating details of the crime and forensics. The prosecution created a ridiculous narrative, yet did not have the evidence to present a clear cut case. Innocent until proven guilty. Not the other way around, at least in our country. And her face is irrelevant.

    Comment by Evergreen — 11:45 pm March 27, 2013 #

  17. Nothing is more ridiculous than accusing another human being of a murder that you know was REALLY innocent. Nothing more can be said to make her decision to do something as incomprehensible as this ok. If for no other reason she should spend 5 years in prison. Impossible to feel sorry for this “poor little girl” and I hope the Italian courts chase her to the ends of the Earth. But I guess the best punishment will come down to her having to live with what she has done, be it trying to take someone’s live away by accusing them of murder or literally doing it.

    Comment by Dave — 9:55 pm March 29, 2013 #

  18. Anyone who thinks that an abundant of Sollecito’s DNA floated on a speck of dust and landed with laser-like precision on the exact part of Meredith’s bra clasp that was bent out of shape during the attack on her instantly deserves a Darwin Award. Ditto for anyone who thinks there is an innocent explanation for the pack of lies that Knox and Sollecito told.

    Comment by Harry Rag — 11:17 am March 31, 2013 #

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