The case status for Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, 31 Jan 2014

Yesterday’s appeal was an appeal of the original conviction. Both of Knox’s lawyers state the Supreme Court sent the case back to the appellate level. Knox herself admits this on her blog. The past acquittal happened at the appellate level.

The Supreme Court threw out the results of that appeal and sent the case back to the appellate level to re-hear the appeal of the original conviction. Yesterday, Knox lost her appeal, and her conviction was upheld.

Knox and Sollecito will now appeal to the Italian Supreme Court, which will need to affirm the ruling for the judgment to be considered “final”.

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Amanda Knox’s potential extradition and the irrelevance of “double jeopardy”

In recent months, many have speculated on a potential extradition of Amanda Knox if her original conviction is upheld by the Florence appeals court. Very few of these articles have looked at the case law in the US. There are many past cases that are similar to Knox’s potential extradition. Almost anything that has been said in Knox’s case has been tried before as argument against extradition. Multiple US courts have ruled against applying the US constitutional definition of double jeopardy in extradition proceedings. After a review of these cases one thing is clear- it is not only likely that US federal courts would rule that Knox could be extradited, it is also expected that they will.

What follows is a review of two of these cases and the similarities to Knox’s potential extradition.

One of those cases is the extradition of David Bloomfield and others to Canada in 1975. Bloomfield and his co-accused were indicted in Canada on drug charges. That case was initially dismissed, and Bloomfield et. al. returned to the US. Similarly, Knox and Sollecito were acquitted (in their case at the appellate level) after their initial conviction was overturned, and Knox returned to the US after that acquittal.

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The Amanda Knox trial information King 5 deliberately withheld from Seattle

Linda Byron co-produces “Amanda Knox: Her Life Now”

At the end of October, King 5 broadcast segments of an interview with Amanda Knox during their regular news reports. On November 5th, they ran a half hour special which was a mix of previously aired and un-aired footage. In each of these broadcasts, King 5 and their reporter Linda Byron frequently misreported on the case status and on the Italian court processes. In a follow-up email, a representative confirmed to me they made a deliberate decision to interpret the case in their own way! A copy of that email is in this post. Because King 5 deliberately decided to report on the Amanda Knox appeals in their own way, King 5 chose to withheld trial information from Seattle. The information that King 5 chose to withhold significantly alters the public’s perception on the case and on the fairness of the Italian court proceedings against Amanda Knox.

King 5 chose to report on the case as a “retrial”, which contradicts Knox’s own attorneys. Since the Supreme Court annulled the previous appellate court the case was sent back to the appellate level. The Florence appeals court is re-hearing the appeal of the original conviction.  This case status is confirmed in reporting from CNN.

Two of Knox’s attorneys, her primary lawyer in Italy and US lawyer Ted Simon, confirm the case is now at the appeals level.  Knox’s US attorney Ted Simon reiterated on CNN’s Shepard Smith show that the Italian Supreme Court sent the case back to the appellate level:

“The supreme court issued a revision, and they sent it back to a new appellate jury”
(Ted Simon, CNN, 11/6/2013)

Knox’s Italian lawyer reported to the Toronto Sun in April 2013 that double jeopardy does not apply, since this is a continuation of the same case:

Dalla Vedova said [its] not be a new case but rather a continuation of the same case on appeal.
(Toronto Sun, 3/29/13)

Since April 2013 we have known the case is back at the appeals level to rehear Knox and Sollecito’s appeals for the original conviction of murder. This is not new information. The US news media refuses to tell their audiences the truth.

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