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Italy's court of public opinion finds Amanda Knox guilty

6:26 PM, Apr 30, 2013   |    comments
  • Amanda Knox has written a book about her experiences in Italy.(Photo: Scott Eklund, Red Box Pictures, for USA TODAY)
  • Amanda Knox attends an appeal hearing at Perugia's Court of Appeal on Sept. 5, 2011. Her 2009 conviction in her roommate's murder would be overturned the next month.
    
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ROME -- Amanda Knox's long-awaited first interviews with the U.S. news media may have convinced Americans of her innocence in a 2007 murder but many Italians are not buying it.

Excerpts of interviews Knox gave USA TODAY and ABC were published online by the Italian daily La Repubblica, which had often referred to the Seattle resident as "Foxy Knoxy" during her 2011 trial in the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher.

The comments section of the article were not kind.

"Knox certainly knows how to be cool and how to take advantage of it ... In America she would have been sentenced to death," a reader named Antonio Piccolo wrote.

Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted in 2009 of stabbing Kercher to death in what prosecutors said was a drug-induced sex game in the picturesque town of Perugia, where Knox was a student.

Knox, 26, served four years before an appeals court overturned the conviction in October 2011 after ruling the case had been tainted by improper evidence collection and preservation. On March 26, Italy's supreme court overturned the acquittal.

Knox now faces the prospect of a new trial. She is not required to return to Italy, but if she's convicted, Italian authorities can attempt to seek her extradition from the USA.

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