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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.

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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. (Read more Amanda Knox stories.)

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