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Knox defense turns to Italy's last-resort court

ROME (AP) -- Amanda Knox's lawyers have formally asked Italy's court of last resort to review the U.S. student's appeals court conviction for the 2007 stabbing murder of her British roommate.

Defense lawyer Luciano Ghirga told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the paperwork was submitted last week to the Court of Cassation, Italy's highest criminal court.

Knox's lawyers had promised the move after a Florence appeals court in January reinstated a lower court's murder convictions of her and her Italian former boyfriend in the slaying of Meredith Kercher in Perugia, where all three were studying. The defense filed its recourse after studying the appeals court's written rationale, issued in April, for the convictions.

Cassation judges can either uphold the convictions if they find the appeals trial was properly conducted or order yet another appellate trial. Ghirga said the Cassation Court might take up the case late this year or in early 2015.

The January ruling against Knox included a 28-1/2-year prison sentence for her and a 25-year sentence for her ex-boyfriend and co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito.

Knox, a University of Washington student, has been in the United States since 2011. She left Italy right after an earlier appeals court ruling overturned the initial lower court conviction that had led to her imprisonment in Italy. The American, who turns 27 next month, has vowed the she would never `'willingly" return to Italy to face her fate in court.

She has said she is hopeful Italian courts will "once again recognize" her innocence.

In the 337-page document in which the Florence court laid out its reasons for the convictions, the presiding judge contended Knox herself delivered the fatal knife blow, writing that the American wanted to `'humiliate the victim."

Sollecito has also proclaimed his innocence.

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Randy1953 June 18 2014 at 2:35 PM

The original prosecutor had doctored evidence before and been fined for doing so . The fact that the Italian courts fined him and allowed him to remain a prosecutor after he created evidence shows that the courts in Italy are a farce ,

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Wayne June 18 2014 at 4:29 PM

Absolutely no way should Amanda Knox should return and trust her fate to the corrupt and ludicrous Italian judicial system.

The same Italian judicial system convicted 7 scientists for manslaughter in failing to adequately predict an earthquake in central Italy that killed 300 people in 2009.

Would you trust your loved one to this system.

You are an unadulterated moron if you believe Amanda Knox should return and face another trial in this corrupt environment.

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ffishb Wayne June 19 2014 at 10:11 AM

Gee Wayne, your last sentence is NOT going to help you in your quest to dive deep into her honey pit. Of course, if you believe it is, then you are an unadulterated moron

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Don Murphy ffishb June 19 2014 at 11:37 PM

Dumb response on your part, should have just kept your mouth shut. Yeah, get angry, I couldn't care less.

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janegoco June 18 2014 at 3:44 PM

Outrageous! The Italian law system seems biased against Amanda K. It is possible they will never give up prosecuting this young woman. Wise travelers should absolutely know the law system of the country in which they plan to spend time.

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Rabbi Moishe June 18 2014 at 2:14 PM

Hey Italy, go after Casey Anthony too.

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gnobie01 June 18 2014 at 2:52 PM


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David June 18 2014 at 3:36 PM

Leave the girl alone!

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dralfredotaule David June 18 2014 at 5:06 PM

She murdered her friend!

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bsulzberger June 18 2014 at 2:56 PM

Her and her rich family got away with murder. Did you come up with someone else who did the dirty deed??

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pboucard50 June 18 2014 at 3:00 PM

One day, Amanda Knox will stop faking it and go to jail where she belongs. She is no different than any other killer.

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marcsmpsn June 18 2014 at 4:12 PM

I have followed the case since it began, she is the victim of a very sick prosecutor. You have to read about him to understand why she's in this mess. He has done things like this to others, writing books about it, trying to sell them, etc....Its completely insane. Anybody that says Amanda Knox is guilty knows nothing about the case. The real murderer is serving a 30 sentence for the crime now in Italy..

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madelyn marcsmpsn June 18 2014 at 5:28 PM

Rudy Guede has received a reduction in sentence and is currently eligible for day release. Watchout ladies, the man is on the prowl.

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mrd1776 madelyn June 18 2014 at 5:33 PM

Yes indeed; the reward for lying for the corrupt Italian prosecutors and judges in their witchhunt for American Amanda Knox. Beware all Americans; Italy is a very dangerous nation to visit.

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jimkat5600 madelyn June 19 2014 at 10:33 AM

this guy is a low life........Knox and her friend never should have invited him in.........he was a 'pig' who didn't flush........that tells you something..........women have a bad habit of feeling sorry for men like this.........

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gococksri June 18 2014 at 2:18 PM

Having had two friends who, several years ago and several years apart, had to deal with law enforcement entities in foreign countries (per charges that were not very serious, to be sure), I never travel to or through another country without being knowledgeable about how their legal/court system operates, etc. And, it's easy to say "Well, if you're not doing anything wrong/illegal, you don't have anything to worry about." The fact of the matter is that neither of my friends was doing anything wrong/illegal and both ended up having plenty to worry about before matters were straightened out.

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