Amanda Knox: ‘I’m Going to Fight This to the Very End’

'I really expected so much more from the Italian justice system'

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Amanda Knox waits on a television set for an interview, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 in New York.

A day after an Italian court convicted her of a murder for a second time, American student Amanda Knox said in an emotional interview that her ongoing legal ordeal is “not right.”

“I’m going to fight this to the very end. It’s not right and it’s not fair,” Knox said on ABC’s Good Morning America. She said she won’t return to Italy: “I will never go willingly back.”

The Seattle native, along with her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, was convicted on Thursday for the 2007 murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher, in Perugia, Italy. That followed a series of verdicts, appeals and judgements that have kept her in legal limbo for years, even after returning to the United States. Following the latest conviction, Knox pleaded for “those with the knowledge and authority” to remedy what she called a “wrongful persecution.”

A court in Florence handed down the verdict Thursday, effectively upholding the duo’s 2009 conviction. An appeals court overturned the original guilty verdict in 2011, and both Knox and Sollecito were freed after four years in jail. But in another twist, Italy’s supreme court then overturned the appeal acquittal and called for a retrial, which began Sept. 30. The court on Thursday sentenced Knox to 28 years and six months in jail, while Sollecito received 25 years.

Reaction to the verdict rippled across the world. From Seattle, where she has been living since her 2011 release, Knox released a statement about the judgement. “I am frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict,” she said. “Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system. The evidence and accusatory theory do not justify a verdict of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Rather, nothing has changed. There has always been a marked lack of evidence. My family and I have suffered greatly from this wrongful persecution.

She added: “I beseech those with the knowledge and authority to address and remediate the problems that worked to pervert the course of justice and waste the valuable resources of the system: overzealous and intransigent prosecution, prejudiced and narrow-minded investigation, unwillingness to admit mistake, reliance on unreliable testimony and evidence, character assassination, inconsistent and unfounded accusatory theory, and counterproductive and coercive interrogation techniques that produce false confessions and inaccurate statements.”

Unfortunately for Knox, the powers that have the “authority” to reverse the guilty verdict are the same ones that overturned her acquittal in the first place: Italy’s supreme court. John Follain, author of Death in Perugia and a Rome correspondent for the Sunday Times, told Newsnight that when the supreme court ordered the retrial, “it was pointing to a conviction.” It is now up to the supreme court to finalize the guilty verdict, but Follain added, “Given that the supreme court previously trashed the acquittal, it would be quite surprising if the supreme court went back on what it’d once ruled. One could expect a definitive conviction.”

No matter what the supreme court’s decision is—and it will be months before that stage is reached— it’s already apparent that Knox won’t voluntarily return to Italy.

Meanwhile, in Italy, Sollecito was “struck dumb” after hearing the verdict, his lawyer told the BBC. Hours later, police detained Sollecito near Italy’s border with Austria and Slovenia. The authorities promptly confiscated his passport and stamped his identity papers, indicating that he could not leave the country. But he was then released, as the retrial judge had not ordered an immediate arrest.

Knox and Sollecito weren’t the only ones trying to process the latest verdict on Thursday. Meredith Kercher’s family has said in the past that they believe Knox and Sollecito are culpable, but Thursday’s verdict clearly brought no relief. Outside the courtroom, Stephanie Kercher, Meredith’s sister, told reporters, “I think we are still on a journey for the truth and it may be the fact that we don’t ever really know what happened that night, which is obviously something we’ll have to come to terms with.”

101 comments
calling_all_toasters
calling_all_toasters

Prosecutors never admit when they are wrong, especially villainous and insane ones like Mignini.  And now that the Berlusconi- and Murdoch-owned sleazerags have made this a fighting issue for morons of both Italy and the UK, the magistrates have to follow through. 

Congratulations to those who weren't suckered in by ridiculous stories of Satanism and marijuana-fueled rage.  

Jon Mutter
Jon Mutter

Just maybe they got it right. Time will tell.

ScallywagNYC
ScallywagNYC

Cause #FoxyKnoxy as you should understand is above the law, above the rigors of being plain and boring, above the mundane, above murder and certainly above what some 'evil' court in Italy thinks. Just hold the media's hand, ooze compassion and get the word out: 'I'm too matinee idol to be a criminal.'


Really would Amanda Knox be getting this attention and sympathy if she were a minority or a drone plainsville? Or are we just a society transfixed on appearances and ratings ....? Twitter thinks so....

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2014/01/foxy-knoxy-twitter-thinks-amanda-knox-is-too-hot-to-go-to-jail/

raidx259
raidx259

Probably due to a young person's lack of maturity, but I think Knox lost the hearts of the Italian people every time she walked in to the courtroom wearing that arrogant little smirk on her face.


Almost reminded me of the how the Manson girls smiled during their legal battle. 

jccourt
jccourt

LOOSING THE MORAL HIGH GROUND.


The Kercher's family have been supporting the railroading of these innocent students for 7 years now. A print in dear Meredith's blood was identified as belonging to a Mr Rudy Guede and they are still claiming that the truth might never be known? get real people. Thanks.

j45ashton
j45ashton

Where is the hard evidence that links this girl & her former boyfriend to the crime?  There is none.  Rudy Guede is clearly linked, his hand print in  Kercher's blood was found in her room.  He was given 30 yrs.  In his original statement he makes no mention of Knox.  Then behind the scenes, he changes his story and his sentence is reduced to 16 yrs with the possibility of parole.


Recall 10 years earlier American marine pilots flying too low had severed a cable car line and caused the death of 20 Europeans including 3 Italians.  Tried in a US court, Italians were outraged when the marines were found not guilty of the major charges.  Dismissed from the service, they hardly spent any prison time.


Anybody remember the prosecutor in the Duke Lacrosse Team case?  Lies were piled on top of lies because he thought he would make a big name for himself.  After the marine incident which made global headlines, imagine what it would mean to a prosecutor in Italy to nail an American in some steamy sensational case.  Italian justice would rectify the injustices of the US system.


Amanda Knox was railroaded. There is insufficient evidence to convict.  And the Italians in this case are piling on to defend their system of justice to the world.  It's not about Amanda Knox anymore.  No extradition.  The case is a political farce.    

BorisIII
BorisIII

Good example of how so many people in the world hate Americans.  Makes me worry about traveling.

Daniel Gyovai
Daniel Gyovai

I don't even care about this case and whether she's guilty or not but I liked Brian's comment for it's brilliant wording.

azmalhome
azmalhome

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TiredPat
TiredPat

Italy courts are so corrupt. To say she is innocent then change back to guilty is ridiculous,. It makes their system a joke. What happened to double jeopardy? All they want is more America dollars to pay off the judges, lawyers and all in their corrupt justice system,. the USA government should stop all trade and usa government funds going to their corrupt government. They should put a warning out to all visitors to Italy how dangerous it is to go there and be treated fairly..

Sophocles
Sophocles

To all you American Jingoists: she is a pathological liar. Nothing in her testimony makes any sense. Her alibi is incredulous. Was she an accomplice? Was she in the house? Did she stage the break-in? Did she impede the investigation? Answer to all is yes. If she were ugly she would not have any fans. This is not the OJ Simpson trial with a jury of his peers. It is two senior magistrates and six lay magistrates. Italy is not a third world country. She is complicit in the crime. Maybe another 4 million dollars will solve the problem. But, I hope she has 28 1/2 years to come up with a better story. This has more holes than Swiss cheese. It is why 8 erudite Italians found her complicit. She may not have killed Kercher but she knows who did. Lies, lies and more lies. I think the Italian legal system got it right. She is an incredible actress, a pathological liar and is playing Justice for a fool. Justice be served. Do the crime..do the time.

Erica Hill
Erica Hill

Agreed, Brian. According to the detectives, Knox told them she had met Lumumba at the basketball court at 8:30 pm, before going with him to Via della Pergola 7 where Lumumba had committed the murder, thereby implicating herself as his accomplice. Knox signed a statement, written by the police in official Italian, which said: "I have a hard time remembering those moments but Patrick had sex with Meredith, with whom he was infatuated, but I cannot remember clearly whether he threatened Meredith first. I remember confusedly that he killed her." -Amanda Knox

Mattie Brown
Mattie Brown

Not guilty! What about the guy whose DNA was all over the house!!? Is it so important to find this person guilty?? There was no evidence against her except hear say! A bunch of blowhards! Nothing more!!!

Nguyen Leigh
Nguyen Leigh

Wait, am I missing something ? How is she guilty when Rudy Guede's DNA was found all over the house ? Was there new DNA evidence?

LuciaAnnunziata
LuciaAnnunziata

Thank Amanda. I hope you can go after prosecutor Giuliano Mignini and help us retire this madman

Sergio Scout
Sergio Scout

What about the homeless bum they took in? What about the manhandled evidence? What about the shotty policework? First guilty, second time not guilty because there were enough evidence of crappy policework and guesswork. Now the italian government would not loose face so they leaned on the judicial process. Italian is one of the top 5 countries that are the most corrupt in the world.

Ryan Borman
Ryan Borman

What about the guy who left bloody hand prints?

mglarochelle
mglarochelle

Knox should hook up with McAfee - they ought to have a lot to talk about ---

carmen.rodica24
carmen.rodica24

Then who killed her Amanda? Did she stab herself 40 times over? Tell us who killed her you wicked person, you!

zaza6911
zaza6911

And, remember Amanda, you're American, which means twice as much guilty as anyone else! So the fight is twice harder.

zaza6911
zaza6911

By now it is crystal clear that we'll never ever know what really happened the night of this murder. When you look at the murder's pictures and learn that Knox's trial was based on two pieces of evidence (TWO!!!), it is clearly obvious that the people who should be tried are those involved in both investigation and prosecution. Another gruesome detail is that we understand why they involved another defendant in the story, this time a male one, for when you look at Knox's body, i.e. her physical constitution, you can hardly understand HOW she gave 47 such stabs. So this way it became literally irrelevant to analyze whether or not Knox was physically able to give those stabs, smart ain't it? And they (again, both investigation and prosecution) didn't! Ah, not to forget it, there is a very "smart" analysis of Kercher's murder that favors Knox's guilt it is the web site http://themurderofmeredithkercher.com : I've spent 30 minutes looking for its authors and I couldn't identify them at all, I'd be glad if anyone could tell me who is behind it.


Now, Amanda, there are very few options left, it is clear now that the one thing to do is to prosecute the prosecutors (international courts, social medias, etc.) on multiple grounds: social harassment, framing you, etc.


Stop being a defendant, be a plaintiff!!!

Nathalia Diaz-Marenaci
Nathalia Diaz-Marenaci

Totally, agree with Bryan. Pretty face, angel face American girl does not equal innocent. She was lucky to be tried in Italy. Her defense has done an amazing job at discrediting the Italian justice system, when in fact there's plenty of evidence against these two.

Melissa Harris
Melissa Harris

I really expect them to convict the popes, but no..... Can u imagine the frustration here when the Italian courts convict her and not those monsters!?!?!

Emanuele Alessandri
Emanuele Alessandri

Italian internal legal system is improved? Yes! (I Know!!!!) But in each courtroom is written: "The Law is equal for all". Judgement mst be respected. Let us remember that there is a girl murdered: Meredith Kercher. Nobody talks about her.

Stefano Vanzini
Stefano Vanzini

You don't know what you are talking about. Nobody convicted them because they didn't predict an earthquake, but they were declared guilty to have said they were sure there wouldn't be any earthquake when they were not, just to please some politicians. We know it because we have listen their conversations on the phone.

Jill Sullivan
Jill Sullivan

She making money off this should go to the family lost her she knot telling every thing don't trust her

Zach Thomas
Zach Thomas

You know, after a country convicts scientists for manslaughter when they didn't predict an EARTHQUAKE, I don't really take their legal system seriously anymore. Italian courts are laughable.

Shaane
Shaane

I don't believe the United States would ever extradite her. However, if it came to that, she could easily travel to a country without an extradition treaty with Italy. She will never serve another day in prison.

Don Burgess
Don Burgess

I'm Going to Fight This to the Very End ... from the safety of America.

jccourt
jccourt

@raidx259 It's more like Mignini screaming Devil. It works each time. Except he is the devil. Thanks.

jccourt
jccourt

I read Brian's comment. He is wrong, and you are being disingenuous when you say you don't care whether she's  guilty or not. You are a guilter. Thanks.

DerekSlaney
DerekSlaney

@Sophocles  I cannot agree more. Her story is being sold by a PR firm to an ignorant American public . It is funny how her 'supporters' tolerate uncertain death penalty verdicts in the US, while complaining that Italy has no laws regarding double jeopardy. These people do not have a shred of legal knowledge or training. Furthermore, Knox's fanbase overlook a very simple reality. I am an American living in Europe. The town of Perugia is no stranger to Americans. Every detainee would asked if they would like the American consul informed and, in general, are better treated than the indigenous population. They simply do not beat a confession out of a US national. Yet little Amanda claims her confession was 'coerced' and she was pressurized to implicate a totally innocent man. There is disgusting stench of ethnocentrism, or more appropriately, racism. The Italian justice system is barbaric, the Italian police are barbaric, yet Barry Scheck's Innocence Project shows electrocution and lethal injection being applied to certain wrongfully convicted persons in America. And the Italians are savages? I wonder how many  of Knox's supporters did any volunteer work on the case of the West Memphis Three case, a national disgrace. Her fans will believe any garbage that comes out of the mouth of this sociopath, no matter how far ridiculous it sounds in comparison to reality. 

LuciaAnnunziata
LuciaAnnunziata

She is a victim (not the first one) of a deranged prosecutor who works in concert with some friends in the police to frame innocents

LuciaAnnunziata
LuciaAnnunziata

No nothing new. Unfortunately the prosecutor believes he has the truth by revelation and doesn't need evidence. 

calling_all_toasters
calling_all_toasters

"Meredith Kercher. Nobody talks about her."


Well, let's talk about her.  Her ACTUAL killer is eligible for parole within the next year.  He'll probably get it, because to deny it to him will be an admission that Knox and Sollecito had nothing to do with this.  

So her killer will be free to save the face of a corrupt prosecutor and his lapdogs in the tabloids.

MartinHarvey
MartinHarvey

As opposed to where? The inside of an Italian prison after being railroaded? 

Sophocles
Sophocles

@DerekSlaney @SophoclesIf there was only one word to describe Tuscany, Bologna, Firenze ..it would be elegant. The people are well dressed, well educated and mannered. I would rather be accused of a crime in Firenze than Texas. How often in the United States does a criminal case get reviewed by the Supreme Court? Maybe .0001% Even their prison system is dignified. I would rather be in an Italian prison, a German prison, a Swedish prison, a Swiss prison than any in the United States. There is a polarization on this case - America vs the rest of the world. Yes, there are different legal processes in different countries. This is not for you Derek: Don't demean what you don't understand, don't assume that as an American you get preferential treatment, don't manifest your hayseed mentality and manners. They are better read, better informed, better dressed. They are elegant, you are not.

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susannerchristi

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