Amanda Knox convicted of slander in Meredith Kercher murder case

Amanda Knox’s legal journey has reached a new verdict as her slander conviction is upheld by Italian court after she falsely accused Patrick Lumumba for the Meredith Kercher murder in 2007.

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Recent Verdict in Meredith Kercher case

Amanda Knox was first accused of her roommate Meredith Kercher murder back in 2007. She was convicted accordingly but late acquitted. In 2009, She was convicted of slander against Patrick Lumumba, who falsely accused in the Kercher murder while under intense interrogation by the police. Now, On June 5, Court upheld the 2009 Slander Conviction.

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As the case reached to a new conviction, Amanda Knox, 36, has been sentenced to three years imprisonment. However, none of which she will serve as she served more than original slander conviction’s sentencing during her four years in detention following her wrongful conviction of Meredith Kercher’s murder.

What’s the story?

Amanda Knox accused a local bar owner, for whom she had been working part-time upon moving to Italy, Patrick Lumumba during an interrogation in 2007. It led to Patrick Lumumba’s arrest and incarceration for two weeks.

She barely knows Italian language but did answer questions in that language only. According to some reports, Knox signed two statements prepared by the police within which she accused the local bar owner Lumumba of Kercher’s murder.

However, It is also true that she later wrote a handwritten letter in English citing doubt on the testimony she had provided to the police.

Convicted and Acquitted

knox and her boyfriend

Amanda Knox and her then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of Kercher’s murder in 2009. The couple then acquitted and convicted again in 2011 and 2014. However, The duo were later exculpated by the Supreme Court of Cassation in March 2015.

In 2019, The European Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of Knox and said that Knox’s original interrogation by the police violated her human rights and ordered the Italian legal system should pay her $20,000.

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The European Court of Human Rights also forced Italy’s Supreme Court to order a retrial at the appellate court level, which is the trial that concluded on June 5. 

Amanda Knox during retrial

During her retrial, Knox addressed the court in fluent Italian describing how police interrogation was her “worst nightmare” while being questioned in a language she “barely knew” at that time.

She said, “When I couldn’t remember the details, one of the officers gave me a little smack on the head and shouted, ‘remember, remember,'” Knox said, per the outlet. “And then I put together a jumble of memories and the police made me sign a statement. I was forced to submit. It had been a violation of my rights.”

She continued, “I was a scared girl, deceived by the police and led not to trust her own memories.”

will still have to go to Italy’s supreme court once more, per CNN, and Knox has the chance to appeal the verdict. 

FAQs

Where is Amanda Knox now?

Amanda Knox exculpated of all her charges except slander conviction. She currently working as a writer and co-host of LABYRINTHS podcast with her husband Christopher Robinson. And author of Waiting to Be Heard

What is Amanda Knox net worth?

Amanda Knox’s current net worth stands somewhere around $500,000.

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