ABC quotes Representative Adam Smith on the planned Amanda Knox “briefing to congress”:
“My office and I do the best we can to accommodate any Washington state groups or people who are visiting DC- whether that be coordinating tours, arranging meetings, helping to reserve a room,” Rep. Adam Smith said in a statement to ABC News. “The panel will address issues related to convictions of Americans abroad and international criminal law.”
A spokesperson for Representative Cantwell had the similar language
“Our office regularly reserves rooms at the Capitol for Washington state groups — from shellfish growers, to the state AFL-CIO, to Boeing,” according to Cantwell spokesman Jared Leopold. “The discussion scheduled for this week will focus on international criminal law and wrongful convictions.”
However, Representative Smith might want to check the PR release for the originally scheduled session, as this briefing is the All Amanda show (along with an attorney for Raffaele Sollecito):
The three main speakers will be Judge Mike Heavey, a retired King County, Washington judge and co-founder of Judges for Justice, who will give an overview of the case and its legal considerations; Steve Moore, a retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent and criminal investigator, who will discuss the failures of the Italian police investigation and the evidence in the case; and John Douglas, a former FBI Special Agent, legendary criminal profiler and author of his most recent book, Law & Disorder: The Legendary FBI Profiler’s Relentless Pursuit of Justice, which includes an extensive analysis of the Knox-Sollecito case.
Also in attendance will be famed litigator John Q. Kelly, Esq., who has been retained to act as Raffaele Sollecito’s attorney/spokesman in the United States, and Mark Olshaker, a New York Times best-selling nonfiction writer, and Mr. Douglas’ co-author of Law & Disorder: The Legendary FBI Profiler’s Relentless Pursuit of Justice.