Knox's Parents Face Years in Italian Jail

Pair accused of defamation for repeating claim cops abused daughter
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2010 5:33 AM CDT
Amanda Knox's mother Edda Mellas leaves after visiting her daughter at a jail on the outskirts of Perugia, Italy last year.   (AP Photo/Stefano Medici)
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(Newser) – Amanda Knox's mom takes her own turn in an Italian court today in a preliminary hearing that will determine if, along with Knox's father, she'll face years in prison for repeating their daughter's claim that she was mistreated by police. Twelve police officers—represented by the same lawyer who represented the family of Meredith Kercher during Knox's murder trial—have lodged defamation charges against Curt Knox and Edda Mellas as well as against Knox herself, the Daily Beast reports.

Knox testified during her trail that she had been hit in the back of the head by a police officer during questioning. She was unable to identify the officer in court. Knox's parents will face a fine plus up to 3 years in prison each if convicted, while Knox stands to have another 6 years added to her 26-year murder sentence. The police have been forced to go to court to "protect their good name,” their lawyers says, adding that the case is to “bring closure to the topic of police brutality." (Click here for more on Amanda why one mafioso claims she's innocent).

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