Amanda Knox's legal troubles in Italy are not over yet

Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:36
amandaknox021512_optBY TERI GATTO

Italian prosecutors have appealed the murder acquittal of American-born Amanda Knox, who along with boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, was accused in the 2007 stabbing death of Meredith Kercher, a British student living in Perugia, Italy.

Knox, who shared a house with Kercher, served four years of a 26-year murder sentence before the conviction was overturned on October 3, 2011

According to The New York Times, if the appeal is granted, Knox could be tried in absentia and extradited if convicted.

In a statement, Knox’s attorney Carlo Dalla Vedova, asserted his client’s innocence. “We are sorry she has to deal with all this again,” he added.

ABC News reported that Knox is also currently appealing her conviction for slandering Patrick Lumumba, the owner of LeChic, a bar where Knox worked part-time. Knox, who accused Lumumba of murdering Kerchener, was ordered by the Italian court to pay restitution and also reimburse the bar owner’s legal fees.

In addition, Knox’s parents are facing charges of slandering police interrogators because they repeated their daughter’s charges that the police physically abused her.

Last December, the Daily Mail reported that Knox was planning to write a book about her experiences and hired Washington-based lawyer and literary agent Robert Barnett to handle the deal.

Barack Obama, Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Sarah Palin are included among Barnett’s roster of clients.