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Monday
Mar252013

Italian High Court to Decide Future of Amanda Knox

Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images(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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Wednesday
Nov282012

Amanda Knox's 'Waiting to Be Heard' Book Cover Released, But Not Book

Kevin Casey/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It has been more than a year since Amanda Knox was cleared of murder charges in an Italian court, and the Seattle woman has kept largely silent since then, working on a book about her ordeal.

The cover of the book was released Wednesday, along with the title, Waiting to Be Heard, but not the book.

In the photo, a casually dressed and unsmiling Knox stares straight into the camera.

Knox's publisher, HarperCollins, said the memoir would be released April 30, 2013, two months later than originally scheduled.

Italian prosecutors, who are appealing Knox's release from prison and want her murder conviction reinstated, are due to appear in court March 25.

Knox, now 25, was convicted in December 2009 for the 2007 murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in the Italian city of Perugia. Knox's Italian boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, was also convicted.

The pair were freed from prison four years later, when an Italian appeals court threw out the guilty verdict and criticized the prosecution's case.

Knox's book, for which she reportedly received an advance of $4 million, will be the latest volume about the case.

Earlier this year, Sollecito published a book titled Honor Bound, My Journey to Hell and Back With Amanda Knox, about the conviction, appeal and his time in prison. The two reunited briefly in Knox's hometown of Seattle during Sollecito's book tour. He said they have kept in touch since their prison release through email and Skype.

In addition to Knox's and Sollecito's books, journalists have written several other books about the Knox case, and a Lifetime movie, Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy, aired last year.

A third person, Rudy Guede, was convicted in a separate trial and is serving a 16-year prison sentence.

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Tuesday
Sep182012

Amanda Knox's Ex-Boyfriend Has No Regrets About Meeting Her

Amanda Knox breaks down in tears after hearing the verdict that overturns her conviction and acquits her of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher at the Perugia court on October 3, 2011 in Perugia, Italy. Pier Paolo Cito - Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Raphaele Sollecito said he was nervous before his reunion with Amanda Knox, afraid that seeing his ex-girlfriend would bring back the nightmare of the two of them spending four years in an Italian prison, accused of murder.

"I was stuck a little bit. I was nervous," he told Katie Couric Tuesday on Katie, Couric's new show.

Sollecito was afraid Knox would be like a "ghost," that her image would "bring up to me the image of the nightmare" of being in prison.

Speaking in careful English, Sollecito told of how he and Knox were dating for only nine days in Perugia, Italy, when they were both arrested in 2007 for the murder of Knox's English roommate, Meredith Kercher. They were both convicted of the murder and given long prison sentences.

They were freed on appeal in 2011, and Knox quickly left the country. Sollecito and Knox still face an appeal by prosecutors, who want the two sentenced again to life in prison.

Sollecito, 27, and Knox, 25, reunited in her hometown of Seattle earlier this year, and his fears of a return to his nightmare quickly dissolved.

"When she hugged me, I realized she was not my ghost, my nightmare," Sollecito told Couric.

Sollecito said the two kept in touch almost weekly during their years in prison, exchanging notes, magazines, books and stories about their families and friends.

They continue to correspond by email and Skype. He said the last time he and Knox Skyped, "She sang a song for me."

Despite the hellish four years of prison and the threat of life in prison, Sollecito said he rejected advice from his father and friends to abandon Knox. And when Couric asked whether he regrets having met Knox, he replied with a firm "No. It was not her fault. It was the fault of the detectives."

A third person, Rudy Guede, was also convicted of Kercher's murder and is serving a 16-year prison term.

Sollecito has written a book titled Honor Bound, My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox.

Knox is also under contract for a book that HarperCollins is expected to publish next year.

Sollecito said that he hopes the Kercher family gets answers about their daughter's death because "the truth ... would allow me to move on too."

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Friday
Mar302012

Amanda Knox May 'Appear' in Italian Court

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Amanda Knox may appear in an Italian courtroom again. But this time, Italians and the press will only get to see her on a screen, via video conference from Seattle, if she testifies in the defamation case against her parents.

Knox is the only witness expected to defend her parents, Curt Knox and Edda Mellas, who are charged with defaming five police officers with the Perugia crime squad.

"Amanda will probably not come back to Italy,'' said Carlo Dalla Vedova, her attorney. "If she has to testify, she will probably do so via video conference, which is allowed."

In October, Knox, along with her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was acquitted of the 2007 murder of Knox's British roommate, Meredith Kercher.

Upon acquittal, Knox was immediately freed, after four years in prison, and flown back to her home in Seattle.

Knox's parents face defamation charges after repeating Knox's version of events to a British newspaper in June 2008, including the details of Knox's interrogation as she had explained them.

"Amanda told her parents that she was physically and verbally abused by the police officers," Dalla Vedova told ABC News. "She said she was never given food or water, or an interpreter. She also said she was threatened that 'things would get worse' if she asked for a lawyer to be present."

It was those details that the police officers say offended their reputation and integrity.

"[These types of charges] are common in Italy as an attempt to protect the reputation of public officials," Dalla Vedova explained.

Dalla Vedova is confident Knox's parents will not be convicted. "They will be acquitted because what they said is true," he said.

He adds that there was no professional interpreter present, and that the woman translating for Knox during her nearly 50-hour interrogation over several days, was a police officer.

In a visit with Mellas in Nov. 2007, days after her arrest, Knox is heard on a recording of the meeting telling her mother that she was threatened when she asked for a lawyer.

During closing arguments in the 2011 appeal trial, prosecutor Giuliano Mignini conceded that "it is possible Knox was hit in the head by mistake" during her interrogation.

A hearing was scheduled for Friday, in which the police officers were expected to testify, but it was postponed after some witnesses were not present.

The hearing is now scheduled for January 24, 2013.

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Friday
Mar162012

Amanda Knox's Ex-Boyfriend Signs Book Deal

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Raffaele Sollecito, the former Italian boyfriend of Amanda Knox, who was found guilty with the Seattle woman in the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher only to see their convictions overturned last year, has signed a deal to write a book about his experiences.

It was just last month that Knox got a $4 million book deal from Harper Collins to describe her ordeal in an Italian jail.  That memoir isn't expected to be published until mid-2013.

Sollecito already has a title for his book, Presumed Guilty: My Journey to Hell and Back With Amanda Knox, that will arrive in stores this fall.

Publisher Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced that the book "will finally tell his side of the story -- from his first meeting with Amanda Knox, to his arrest, prison time, subsequent release, and current relationship with the woman he stood by through the worst ordeal of both their lives."

It wasn't immediately known how much Sollecito will be paid for his literary efforts.

This latest development could make things interesting during a possible reunion of the former couple when Sollecito goes on a job interview Friday in Seattle with computer giant Microsoft.

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Wednesday
Mar142012

Amanda Knox’s Former Boyfriend to Visit Seattle

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- A reunion between Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, the man with whom she spent four years with in an Italian prison on murder charges, could happen as early as this week.

Sollecito, 27, will be in Knox’s hometown of Seattle for a job interview this Friday with an Eastside tech company, said to be computer giant Microsoft, ABC News has learned.

While it remains unclear whether Sollecito has made plans to see Knox, 24, the reunion would mark the first time the two have seen each other since they were freed from a prison outside Perugia, Italy, last October.

The romance between Sollecito, an Italian, and Knox was cut short when both were arrested in November 2007 for the stabbing death of Knox’s 21-year-old British college roommate, Meredith Kercher.  They were convicted of the murder in 2009 and Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison while Sollecito got 25 years.

Their sentences and convictions were overturned last year and both were freed from prison.  Italian prosecutors are trying to have the conviction reinstated.

These days, both Sollecito and Knox are seeing other people.  Sollecito is dating an Italian volleyball player, while Knox is seeing James Terrano, a friend from college.

Knox returned to Seattle after her release where she has resumed attending college and working to complete a book about her trial and imprisonment in Italy.  She signed a $4 million deal with HarperCollins in February for the still-untitled book, expected to be released in early 2013.

Sollecito, an IT student whom Knox met while in Italy as an exchange student, finished his computer science degree in prison.

Reports say that Sollecito also plans to meet with his Seattle-based book agent while in the U.S.  He had planned to meet with supporters at a residence near Bellevue, Wash., but sources tell ABC News that meeting has been cancelled.

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Thursday
Feb162012

Amanda Knox Gets $4 Million Book Deal

Kevin Casey/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Amanda Knox has agreed to a nearly $4 million book deal about her trial and imprisonment in Italy for the murder of her British roommate. The Seattle woman, who is now 24, signed the deal with HarperCollins and the still-untitled book is due out in early 2013.

"Knox will give a full and unflinching account of the events that led to her arrest in Perugia and her struggles with the complexities of the Italian judicial system," HarperCollins said in a statement.

"Aided by journals she kept during her imprisonment, Knox will talk about her harrowing experience at the hands of the Italian police and later prison guards and inmates. She will reveal never-before-told details surrounding her case, and describe how she used her inner strength and strong family ties to cope with the most challenging time of her young life."

Knox was arrested in November 2007 along with Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and charged with killing Meredith Kercher, whose body was found partially nude and her throat slashed.

Knox and Sollecito, now 27, were convicted of murder and it wasn't until four years later that an appeals court threw out the conviction and freed Knox and Sollecito.

In the meantime, her life became the subject of several books and a movie. She will now get the chance to tell her side of the story.

The book deal will be welcomed by the Knox family, who estimated more than a year ago that they had spent $1 million in legal fees and travel costs to defend and support their daughter.

The family's legal problems are not yet over. Italian prosecutors have filed papers to overturn the ruling that freed her.

In addition, Amanda Knox is appealing a conviction for slandering her former boss at the time of the murder. She claims that detectives pressured her into implicating Patrick Lumumba during a marathon interrogation.

A third person, Ivory Coast-born drifter Rudy Guede, was convicted of taking part in Kercher's murder in a separate trial. He is serving a 16 year prison sentence.

Both Amanda Knox and her parents are charged with slandering Italian police for saying they hit her in the head during the interrogation.

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Monday
Feb062012

Amanda Knox Appeals Slander Conviction

Kevin Casey/AFP/Getty Images(PERUGIA, Italy) -- Amanda Knox is a free woman, but she still has one conviction clouding her life.

Knox's lawyer, Carlo Dalla Vedova, confirmed to ABC News that Knox's defense team filed an appeal of her slander conviction in Perugia, Italy, Monday.

Knox was acquitted four months ago of the 2007 murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher. But the appeals court upheld her conviction for falsely accusing her former boss, bar owner Patrick Lumumba, of being involved in the murder. The appeals court also increased her sentence for slander from two years in prison to three years. Knox was released, however, because she had already spent four years in prison.

During Knox's nearly 50-hour interrogation in November 2007, she was not allowed to make a phone call and claims that her Italian interrogators yelled at her and hit her head when they didn't like her answers.

Investigators also wanted to know why Knox texted Lumumba on the night of the murder the equivalent of "see you later" after Lumumba told Knox she did not need to come to work that night at his bar, Le Chic. They said the text indicated they were meeting up later that night.

At one point during the marathon grilling, Knox told police that Lumumba was at the scene of the crime.

Knox told police she had a "vision" that she and Lumumba were inside the cottage she shared with Kercher when Lumumba went into Kercher's room. Knox said she stayed in the kitchen where she heard screams and covered her ears.

Lumumba was arrested and jailed for two weeks, but he was freed after 11 alibis placed him at his bar that night.

Knox initially stated during her interrogation, and again after implicating Lumumba, that she was not present during the murder. She insisted she was with her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito at his apartment the night Kercher was killed. Knox later said she made the statement regarding Lumumba because she was under extreme stress and pressure.

"Amanda was confused, stressed and pressured," Dalla Vedova said.

The Supreme Court of Italy ruled Knox's statement placing Lumumba at the apartment was inadmissible.

Lumumba has received damages as a part of his case against Knox.

Dalla Vedova added that the appeals court stated their reasoning behind the decision to acquit Knox that "something went wrong" during Knox's interrogation.

"She has been acquitted of murder, and she should be acquitted of slander," Dalla Vedova said.

In a separate legal case, the Perugian police involved in Knox's interrogation also accuse her of slander. During her testimony in her 2009 trial, Knox stated she was hit in the head during her interrogation. A hearing is tentatively scheduled for July.

In addition, the prosecution in Knox's case has until Feb. 16 to appeal her acquittal for murder.

Rudy Guede, a local Perugia drifter, is the lone person convicted in Kercher's murder. He is serving a 16-year prison sentence.

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Tuesday
Dec062011

Amanda Knox Teams with Lawyer to Broker Book Deal

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Amanda Knox has hired a well-known attorney to represent her in inking a book deal to tell her side of her story after she was acquitted of the murder of her roommate in Perugia, Italy.

Knox, who along with her one-time boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was convicted in 2007 of the murder of her then-roommate Meredith Kercher, has signed a deal with lawyer Robert Barnet.  The Washington, D.C.-based attorney will represent Knox while she discusses opportunities for book deals with publishers, according to Knox family spokesman Dave Marriott.

Barnet is one of the biggest names known as far as representing well-known media figures in the publishing world.  He has previously brokered deals for Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Sarah Palin.

The Knox family spent over $1 million on attorneys, travel and the costs of living in Perugia to be near their daughter during her murder trials, her father Curt Knox told ABC News in 2009.  Criminal defense attorney Gerald Lefcourt has estimated that her family may have spent more on Knox’s appeal than during the first two years leading to her conviction.

Although Knox was released in October from the Italian prison where she served four years of a 26-year sentence, the 24-year-old still owes 2,000 Euros, or $29,000, for defamation after accusing bar owner Patrick Lumumba of Kercher’s murder.

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Monday
Oct102011

Amanda Knox Slips Out of Seclusion for Brief Shopping Trip

Kevin Casey/AFP/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Amanda Knox, who has been in seclusion since her release from an Italian prison, is finally venturing out.

Her return to the public was no more than a trip to a store for toothpaste and a chocolate bar, but it was a deliciously simple act that she had been denied during her four years in an Italian prison.

Ironically, one of her last acts in prison was the inmate ritual of snapping her toothbrush and carrying it outside the walls of Capanne prison before throwing it away.

Knox's foray into the public comes as more details of her prison ordeal emerge, specifically how she was sexually harassed.

Knox's younger sister Deanna told ABC News that she saw the remnants of the harassment firsthand while visiting her sister in prison.

"There was something right in front of me and so I put my arm over it," Deanna Knox said.

Deanna Knox said she covered up scribbled words that read "Amanda is a whore."

On one occasion, a male guard reportedly entered Knox's cell alone, despite a policy against it, and made sexual remarks, ABC News has confirmed. On another occasion, a high-ranking prison official allegedly ordered Knox into his office at night and wanted to talk about sex.

"I think the Italian courts, the first time around, practically made sure that Amanda was going to be harassed in prison since they made her sex life so much of a focus of the first trial, " said Vanity Fair's Judy Bachrach who has covered the case extensively.

Shortly after her arrest, prison officials tricked Knox, falsely telling her that her medical check-up revealed that she was HIV positive and asked her for a list of lovers for health reasons. The list that a distraught Knox provided to officials was soon leaked and became headlines in tabloid newspapers.

"Please, oh please," she wrote in her prison diary at the time. "Let it not be true. I don't want to die."

ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams said that Knox could have the basis for a lawsuit but filing one would require a return to Italy.

Knox, 24, was released from prison earlier this month when she and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 27, successfully appealed their murder conviction. They had been accused of murdering Knox's British roommate Meredith Kercher in a cottage the two women shared in Perugia, Italy.

Sollecito has not spoken publicly since his release but his father told the press that his son is getting used to being at home.

"It's as if he has been reborn and he is getting used to the simple things in life again, things that he has not been able to do for four years and this will take some time," said Francesco Sollecito.

Meanwhile, a juror who overturned Knox's conviction told Italy's state-run RAI television that he has no doubt that Knox and Sollecito are innocent.

"I saw the faces of these two kids, and they couldn't bluff. They didn't bluff. My point of view is that these kids weren't guilty. They weren't there," said Mauro Chialli.

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