Amanda Knox to be Retried in Italy

Amanda Knox will be required to stand trial again in Italy for the 2007 death of her former roommate, British student, Meredith Kercher. We don’t think that will ever happen.

Although Italy and the United States have an extradition treaty, the US can deny extradition if it feels Knox would be subject to double jeopardy, if extradition is requested for political or military offenses or if the extraditee is powerful and famous.

Article X of the current U.S.-Italy extradition treaty states that the requesting nation must present a case summary that provides “a reasonable basis to believe that the person sought committed the offense for which extradition is requested.” This in and of itself is grounds for prohibiting the extradition. We also believe the double jeopardy exception would apply.

Outside of court, even if Knox is convicted without traveling to Italy and attending trial, there’s a good chance Italy will not even try to request extradition. We feel this single incident supported by almost no tangible evidence, is a situation Italy would prefer to ultimately resolve and avoid further negative publicity.

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