Italians Appeal Knox Acquittal

Prosecutors want to put Knox, Sollecito on trial a 3rd time
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2012 2:42 AM CST
Italians Appeal Knox Acquittal
In this September 2008 photo, Amanda Knox is escorted from a court in Perugia.   (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

Amanda Knox moved back to Seattle after her murder conviction was overturned last October, but Italian prosecutors hope they haven't seen the last of her. They have, as expected, filed an appeal to reinstate her and Raffalle Sollecito's convictions for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher, reports the Guardian. Italy's supreme court can order a third trial if it decides legal procedures were not followed in the pair's retrial.

Knox can be tried in absentia if necessary, and extradited to Italy if convicted, but her lawyers say that is highly unlikely, reports the New York Times. One of her lawyers slammed the decision to revive the case, saying it would "reopen painful wounds" for everybody involved. "I am sorry for the two kids," she said, "but I am especially sorry for Meredith Kercher—silence would have been better." A drifter from the Ivory Coast was found guilty of taking part in Kercher's murder, and is serving a 16-year sentence. (Read more Meredith Kercher stories.)

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