Acquitted Knox Back in Italy for Wrongful Conviction Talk

Clay Curtis
June 15, 2019

"The Italy Innocence Project didn't yet exist when I was wrongly convicted in Perugia", Knox said on Twitter last month. She is due to speak at a conference on wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice in the northern city of Modena tomorrow.

Amanda Knox has arrived in Italy for the first time since she was acquitted by an appeals court in October 2011 for the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher in the university town of Perugia.

Italian coverage of the trial, following Knox's acquittal.

Knox's sentence was stiffened to 28 years in prison when the conviction was upheld in 2014, though both she and Sollecito were acquitted by Italy's top court the following year.

Knox, then 20 years old, was twice accused and convicted of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher in November 2007 while the two were studying overseas in Italy.

Since her release, Knox has written a book about her experience - "Waiting To Be Heard: A Memoir" - been the subject of a Netflix documentary, and become a public advocate for inmates who have been wrongfully imprisoned. "That was weird, and it was freaky in a way that forced me to reckon with what it meant for my life to be other people's content", she wrote.

Amanda Knox describes herself on her website as a journalist, public speaker, and author.

The 21-year-old had been stabbed 47 times and had her throat slashed.

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She was escorted by plainclothes officers on Thursday and kept her eyes downward as she exited the airport.

"The mistakes of the Italian judicial system and the ravenous appetite of a media that does not distinguish between a person's life and clickworthy content pushed me into the public sphere", she wrote.

"Responsible media must avoid this easy, reductive impulse", she continued. I don't get to make a dark joke.

Knox's life was upended during her time studying overseas in Perugia, Italy. "I'm honored to accept their invitation to speak to the Italian people at this historic event and return to Italy for the first time". Feeling frayed, so I made my own inspirational workplace poster.

She said that prosecutors had painted her as "a sex-crazed femme fatale" and that she was "about to return to Italy for the first time since I was released from prison and fled the country in a high-speed chase, paparazzi literally ramming the back of my stepdad's rental car".

Hours before setting off from her home in Seattle, Knox posted an image on Instagram with her fiance, novelist Christopher Robinson.

A lawyer for the Kercher family called Knox's impending appearance "inappropriate and uncalled for", according to the Telegraph.

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