On November 2007, the body of slain British student Meredith Kercher was discovered in the Perugia, Italy home she shared with several others, among them American student Amanda Knox and her boyfriend, Italian Raffaele Sollecito.
The case was all over the news once Knox and Sollecito were arrested for the murder and convicted two years later. Eventually, however, the charges were dropped due to lack of evidence and the arrest of Rudy Guede, an Ivorian drifter who was later convicted of the murder.
Knox returned to her Seattle home in 2011 and has since tried to live a normal life far from the spotlight that shined so brightly on her before. For the last few years, she has been attending the University of Washington and even wrote a book, which is scheduled for publication in April.
Perhaps she should have waited because this week, it looks like there could be another chapter in this ongoing saga.
According to ANSA, the Italian news agency, Perugian prosecutors have appealed Knox’s acquittal and want the court to overturn their initial decision. If this happens, then it is possible that both Knox and Sollecito could be headed back to Italy to face another trial in appellate court.
“We are still convinced that [Knox and Sollecito] are the co-authors of Meredith’s homicide,” prosecutor Giovanni Galati said recently. As such, the appeal of Knox’s acquittal was automatic, but many feel the odds of it being reversed are slim.
And no one hopes this will be the case more than Amanda Knox. After all, her original murder sentence was 26 years. And I don’t know anyone who would be anxious to spend that time in an American prison, much less an Italian one.
When I first heard Knox’s story, I felt overwhelmingly that she had something to do with her roommate’s murder. Being such a strong believer in justice and the law, though, my current opinion is this: leave the girl alone. She faced an Italian court and was acquitted of this heinous crime. And though I know far less about the Italian system of justice than I do our own, that’s good enough for me.
With any luck, this latest appeal will fall on deaf ears and Knox can finally return to something she hasn’t enjoyed for some time: a normal life. At this point, I think she’s earned it.
UPDATE: Uh oh. It looks like an Italian court has overturned Knox’s acquittal, which means she and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito will be heading back to stand trial for the murder of Meredith Kercher. Will this saga never end?