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Court Gives Amanda Knox Another Win in Murder Case

Italy must pay her $20K for failure to provide lawyer and interpreter in 2007
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2019 6:54 AM CST
This image released by Netflix shows Amanda Knox in a scene from her self-titled documentary.   (Netflix via AP)

(Newser) – Amanda Knox has scored another legal victory in Italy related to her 2007 arrest after the murder of her roommate. The European Human Rights Court said Thursday that Italy must pay Knox nearly $20,000 because it did not provide her with an attorney or interpreter during her questioning, reports the Guardian. "Ms. Knox had been particularly vulnerable, being a foreign young woman, 20 at the time, not having been in Italy for very long and not being fluent in Italian," said the court, per the AP. Knox had told the court she was subjected to rough treatment during that questioning, including being slapped in the head twice and subjected to intense psychological pressure. The court, however, said it did not find enough evidence to conclude that she was subjected to "degrading treatment"—only that she had inadequate representation.

"For me this is a certification of a mistake, probably the biggest legal mistake in the last years in Italy, also because the attention that this case has had," said Knox defense attorney Carlo Dalla Vedova. All of this relates to the convoluted legal case surrounding the Nov. 1, 2007, murder of Meredith Kercher. Knox was initially convicted of her murder before being definitively acquitted and returning to the US in 2015. One conviction remains against her: During her 2007 questioning, police say Knox blamed a bar owner for the murder, but he was later cleared of any involvement. Knox was convicted of malicious accusation, and Dalla Vedova said he is still considering whether to challenge the conviction. Meanwhile, Rudy Guede of the Ivory Coast continues to serve a 16-year sentence for his role in the slaying. (Read more Amanda Knox stories.)

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