Italian High Court to Decide Future of Amanda Knox
(ROME) — Monday could be the official end of Amanda Knox’s long ordeal or the beginning of another one.
Italian prosecutors will go before their Supreme Court to try to overturn a local court’s ruling from 2011 that threw out murder charges against Knox and former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.
Knox, 25, was convicted in December 2009 for the 2007 murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher in the Italian city of Perugia. She and Sollecito spent several years in jail until they were exonerated in October 2011.
One person was convicted in Kercher’s murder, Rudy Guede, who is spending 16 years in prison.
Knox, now a student at the University of Washington, will not be present for Monday’s hearing. If prosecutors are successful, Knox and Sollecito will face a re-trial, although her attorneys would vigorously fight extradition.
If the high court upholds the appeals court ruling, Knox will not only remain free, but she can sue for false imprisonment.
Her memoir, Waiting to Be Heard, published by HarperCollins, will be released April 30. She reportedly received an advance of $4 million for the book.
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