Double Jeopardy May Save Knox From Extradition
Italian cops stop co-accused near border
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2014 4:45 AM CST
Updated Jan 31, 2014 7:52 AM CST
A woman believed to be Amanda Knox is hidden under a jacket while being escorted from her mother's home to a car in Seattle yesterday.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Amanda Knox has once again been found guilty of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, but will she be sent back to Italy to serve a 28-year sentence? Legal experts say any attempts to extradite the Seattle resident are unlikely to begin until the appeals process has finished, and since she was retried after being found innocent of the same offense, the American ban on "double jeopardy" convictions could help keep her out of an Italian prison.

  • If Italy does decide to extradite her, they will have to make a formal request to the State Department, where officials will consider it. But if they choose to reject the request, there could be diplomatic consequences, a lawyer specializing in extradition tells ABC. "The US often wants Italy to extradite all kinds of people, so if the US refuses to even process the case, especially a case involving violence, that could have some adverse consequences for bilateral relations," he says.

  • The American review of any extradition request could, however, be quite limited in scope and will focus mainly on paperwork, another expert tells the Seattle Times. "It’s not a retrial of the case, and it’s not a retrial of another country’s justice system."
  • Knox, who has said she won't return to Italy willingly, slammed the fresh guilty verdict and said it would not be a consolation to the Kercher family, CNN reports. "This has gotten out of hand. Most troubling is that it was entirely preventable," she said in a statement. "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," she said.
  • Knox's co-accused, ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, was also found guilty again and sentenced to 25 years. After the verdict, police found him at a hotel near Italy's borders with Slovenia and Austria, the AP reports. He was taken to a police station, where a stamp was put in his passport stating that he cannot leave the country.

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Murahu
Feb 1, 2014 12:05 PM CST
Double jeopardy!? America gave up this concept when it began to use the federal Justice Department to retry policemen who had been found innocent by juries - as in the case of the drug-crazed Rodney King in Los Angeles. If our police upholding the law can be found innocent, and then convicted by politically driven feds pandering to the pro-crime crowd, then Ms. Knox should return to Italy where she has twice been found guilty of murder.
Who_Cares
Feb 1, 2014 11:41 AM CST
I've seen on CNN Report last night, Special Agent from FBI says that there is no physical evidence, meaning DNA or finger prints putting Amanda and her boyfriend on the crime scene and they are not guilty. I rather believe Special Agent than some schmuck from the newspaper trying to squeeze a buck of her misery. The Agent also says that they have right guy in jail, who was a confidential informant for police in Rome. The released him from jail and sent him to Perugia but for some reason police in Perugia wasn't notified about the guy and he broke into the house and killed the girl. So to cover their ef up they accused innocent people for committing this crime to save their face. This explanation is more than satisfactory to me. The Agent stated that corruption in this case went up to the Highest Court which is normal in Italy.
Petrus delassio
Feb 1, 2014 6:42 AM CST
this b*tch is guilty as I am Gay! Just because she is a rich white girl (quit frankly fugly) does not mean she is getting away with murder. It may work for her here in states but I can assure Italy is going to slice her up like salami on a pizza.