Amanda Knox ‘Afraid’ to Appear in Italian Court

'I didn't kill. I didn't rape. I didn't rob. I didn't plot'

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Amanda Knox interviewed during an interview on NBC's Today show in New York City on Sept. 20, 2013

The American student who was acquitted in the 2007 murder of her roommate in Italy said Tuesday that she’s staying out of the country for a retrial because she fears being wrongfully convicted.

Lawyers representing Amanda Knox, 26, presented a five-page, printed email from Knox, who did not appear at the third hearing of her case in Italy, the Associated Press reports. Knox returned to the United States in 2011 after she was acquitted on appeal of her conviction; the acquittal was overturned by Italy’s high court last March.

“I didn’t kill. I didn’t rape. I didn’t rob. I didn’t plot. I didn’t instigate. I didn’t kill Meredith,” she wrote in Italian.

Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted in 2009 for the brutal murder of Knox’s roommate, 21-year-old Meredith Kercher, while studying abroad in Perugia, Italy. Police found Kercher’s body in her bedroom after she had been raped and stabbed to death.

Judge Alessandro Nencini read the declaration into record but said it did not have the same legal standing as it would had she appeared in court, the AP reports.

“Who wants to speak at a trial, comes to the trial,” he said.

Prosecutors are asking for a 26-year sentence for both Knox and Sollecito, as well as an additional year to Knox’s three-year slander conviction for wrongly accusing a bar owner of the murder. In the email, Knox said police coerced her into signing a false confession, which including the accusation against bar owner.

“I am not in court because I am afraid. I am afraid that the vehemence of the prosecution will make an impression on you, that their smoke will get in your eyes and blind you,” Knox wrote. “I am not afraid of your powers of discernment, but because the prosecution has succeeded already in convincing a court comprised of responsible and perceptive adults to convict innocent people, Raffaele and me.”

A verdict in the new trial is expected in mid-January.

[AP]

4 comments
harryrag
harryrag

If anybody wants to understand the reasons why Amanda Knox was convicted of murder, I recommend reading the translations of the official court documents and court testimony. They are available online at the Meredith Kercher Wiki website:

http://themurderofmeredithkercher.com/Main_Page

joelp77440
joelp77440

I wouldn't go there.  I lived in Florance for 13 months once and I would read the papers about all the trials(not the Knox trial, before that), scandals, corrpution, and kickbacks.  They don't have traditional papers like the NY Times or Wash. Post.  There newspapers are part news and part tabloid.  The people have already convicted her so at somepoint another Judge will do the same.    

Karl
Karl

I would do the same as Miss Knox. In the US, the last decades have taught us that our jury system is at the mercy of high priced lawyers. After saying I would do the same thing as Knox I want to add that denials of being being guilty are worthless. And the media does the murdered woman and her family no justice if it plays up worthless denials of guilt by accused persons. The court in Italy will make a decision on guilt but whether it is correct or not even I would question. We live in an era when even the common man knows enough not to trust the jury system or any other in determining guilt or innocence. But we don't have any alternatives. If Miss. Knox is found guilty, and I were her, I would not be going back to Europe again, ever. There she will be a murderess. As she would be here if a jury convicted her. I'm not saying that she proves her innocence by staying out of Italy, I'm just saying that I don't trust the Italian justice system more than I trust the one in the US. I hope she is innocent, but how would any of us know?