'Friends of Amanda' Throw Benefit for Accused Killer

Family aims to raise $500K for legal fees
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2009 1:51 PM CST
Amanda Knox peeks through two penitentiary guards during the first day of trial in Perugia, Italy, Jan. 16, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – She’s been called a femme fatale, but for the people who came to her legal defense benefit in Seattle this weekend, Amanda Knox is a victim. “Amanda would be amazed at this overwhelming turnout of support,” her mother tells the West Seattle Herald. About 120 people showed up, each willing to donate $100 toward Knox’s efforts to beat murder charges in Italy.

“Because of how her case has been handled, I have lost a lot of faith in justice in the world,” said one of Knox’s college buddies. As her family sought to raise $500,000 for her defense and related expenses, one Seattle lawyer complained of “this supertanker of bad press” against Knox. “The prosecution has no forensic evidence at all,” she argued. “Zero.”