Amanda Knox Scores Obama's Book Agent

High-powered DC lawyer Robert Barnett to broker top deal

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 6, 2011 12:50 AM CST

(Newser) – Major book deals are in the works for both defendants in the sensational Meredith Kercher murder trial. Amanda Knox has hired Washington, DC-based lawyer Robert Barnett to broker possible deals, Reuters reports. Barnett has represented President Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and many other big names from the worlds of politics and entertainment. A spokeswoman for Knox says she hasn't yet decided on details like potential co-authors or the size of her advance.

Raffaele Sollecito, Knox's Italian ex-boyfriend, has hired Seattle-based agent Sharlene Martin to help him win a book deal of his own. "This is a case I have followed from day one and never, not even for a moment, have I doubted the innocence of Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox," Martin tells CNN. "He's never really spoken about that night, and this is his opportunity to do so. There's much more to Raffaele than what the world has seen. He is an amazing young man." Last month, Sollecito told Italian TV it was all over between him and Knox.

Raffaele Sollecito waits in Perugia's Court of Appeal before hearing that his murder conviction had been overturned.
Raffaele Sollecito waits in Perugia's Court of Appeal before hearing that his murder conviction had been overturned.   (Getty Images)
Amanda Knox waves to supporters as she makes her first appearance at SeaTac Airport after arriving in Seattle following her release from prison in Italy in October.
Amanda Knox waves to supporters as she makes her first appearance at SeaTac Airport after arriving in Seattle following her release from prison in Italy in October.   (Getty Images)
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