'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

(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.

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“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.” (Read more Amanda Knox stories.)

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