Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Amanda Knox to face “Retrial”

The Supreme Court of Cassation, Italy’s highest court, met this morning in Rome at 10:00 a.m. and overturned the acquittals of both Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. The ruling means that the case against Knox and Sollecito will be sent back to be reheard at an appeals court in Florence. Italy’s highest Court ruled today on questions of procedure, not on the merits of a case. This should make Knox’s upcoming interview on Diane Sawyer a bit more interesting, to say the least. An extradition will only be requested once a definitive conviction is reached. At which point, the conviction would then have to be upheld by the Court of Cassation again. We could be looking at another year or so.

"Freelance journalist Andrea Vogt told the BBC she had spoken to a lawyer for the Kercher family, who said the decision was a victory for the family and a victory for the Italian judicial system. Miss Kercher's older sister, Stephanie, welcomed the decision as a step forward."

"But the full implications of the ruling were unclear, particularly the question of whether Ms. Knox would return voluntarily from the United States or be extradited to face new hearings — a process that would require several major legal steps. If she does not appear, the case could proceed in her absence."

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