March 26th, 2013
01:23 AM ET

Amanda Knox to face new murder trial

[Posted at 9:53 a.m. ET] Italian Supreme Court judges ruled Tuesday that U.S. citizen Amanda Knox should stand trial again for the death of her former roommate in Italy.

Knox, who returned to the United States in 2011 and has been living in Seattle, was not in court for Tuesday's ruling. She vowed Tuesday to fight with her head "held high" to prove her innocence.

Knox said it had been "painful" to hear the news that the court had ordered a retrial, in a statement issued through the family's PR spokesman, David Marriott.

[Posted at 1:23 a.m. ET] Italian Supreme Court judges are expected to announce Tuesday whether American Amanda Knox should stand trial again for the death of her former roommate.

The judges concluded a hearing over the question Monday and were expected to announce their decision by midday Tuesday.

Knox spent four years in prison before an appellate court overturned her murder conviction in the 2007 death of Meredith Kercher. She returned to the United States in 2011. Prosecutors say despite the appellate decision, they still believe Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, are responsible for the death.


Filed under: Crime • Italy • Justice
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  1. Swannyww

    Why go back when you don't have to, especially an Italian court.

    March 26, 2013 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • are youcrazy

      Perhaps it's called Extradition and yes teh US has a treaty for that with Italy. They request it the US will arrest her and send her back. You can run but you can't hide.

      March 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Extradition is NOT automatic. US courts would likely block it in this case.

      March 26, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Won

    Double Jeopardy – US won't allow it.

    March 26, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • are youcrazy

      really? didn't realize the murder happen in the US. that only applies here not for the rule of law in Italy. Got to love how all you ignorant people try to play law. The truth is they can extradite and most likely will and the US will hand her over.

      March 26, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • legalquestion

      Even in the US Double Jeopardy would not apply. The original trial court found her guilty, it was the appellate court that released her. There would not need to be another trial, the appellate court's ruling can be reviewed and could be reversed.

      March 26, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ray Burr

    When you commit a crime or you are accused of a is under the country laws where the accused crime is committed. It does not follow where you claim citizenship and residency. Similarly, even in this country, a person with a NY address can get death penalty for a capital crime committed in Texas. You cannot say: "judge I'm from NY and therefore can't be executed, Ha Ha."

    March 26, 2013 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Correct, within the US, there is the Long-Arm Statute which means, if you commit a crime in one state and movelive in another state, you can be forced to stand trial in the state the crime was committed.

      However, in international disputes, it's a completely different ball-game. The US will not (nor should they), export a US citizen who's been tried and freed because Italy doesn't recognize double jeopardy statutes. The US will protect their own citizens, especially since she was declared innocent by Italy and was allowed to leave the country by Italian Authorities.

      March 26, 2013 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • ManWithThe1000PoundBrain

      It is not that cut and dry. Like others have pointed out, we value the concept of double jeopardy. It is highly unlikely that she would be extradited to Italy and she would be stupid to ever go back there again.

      March 26, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Seyedibar

    So long as she stays out of Italy, I doubt it will be a problem.

    March 26, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. cp

    All she has to do is not set foot in Italy ever again... and not a visit a country who would detain her on their behalf...

    March 26, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. timeismoney

    I'm sure there are plenty of murderers in Italy to try.

    March 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. vickie

    No way should the USA send her back, stand up Obama for her an american citizen

    March 26, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • are youcrazy

      obama stand up. unless it is to use a drone to kill a US citizen I don't think obama will listen to you. the law is the law and the treaty says she has to go back.

      March 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. are youcrazy

    Send her back to stand trail. if the evidence and I mean real evidence can show she guilty she deserves to go back to jail.

    March 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray Burr

      Somebody send Casey Anyhony with her. The evidence shows they are both guilty. Getting off via technicalities, does not make one innocent.

      March 27, 2013 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Let the law take its course. The president of US of A should not meddle in a murder trial.

    March 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. fubarack

    She's not going back, and Italy already said it's just for show, they know she would never set foot in Italy again. She OJ'd them, and that is their problem.

    March 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Im italian an even i wouldnt go there. Their legal system is very messed up!

    March 26, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @chrissy - Could you please consider going back to Pakistan?

      March 26, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      @banasy – Well said. Thanks.

      March 26, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • krm10007©

      @banasy – Thank you, thank you, thank you. Please tell @chrissy to put a rush on it. Good speed.

      March 26, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @chrissy – You are not Italian. You are a Pakistani. Here is a joke for you.
      Q: Did you hear about the terrorist that hijacked a 747 full of Pakistanis?
      A: He threatened to release one every hour if his demands weren't met.

      March 26, 2013 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    Listen up trollio~ i am not pakistani. Where did you ever come up with this idea anyway? And thats NOT saywhat, banasy nor bobcat. TIS THE FOOL Jeffrey Grant Roem!

    March 26, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • krm10007©

      Well, then New York is not a city. Where did anyone get that idea anyway?

      March 26, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Not chrissy at 9:57 pm. It's a Pakistani troll.

    March 26, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. not guilty means not guilty

    She was found not guilty right? How can they retry her? And how come so many here are conviinced she did it?

    March 27, 2013 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. Unonimous

    No way. She is an American citizen. No retrial, or let them do whoever thy want, but no, Amanda is not going to Italy.

    March 27, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
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