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Amanda Knox Saga Continues as Italy's High Court Prepares to Rule Again

By    |   Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 08:04 AM

Amanda Knox's murder conviction will be reviewed by Italy's highest court on Wednesday, and could open the door to an extradition battle four years after she returned home to Seattle.

Knox, an American, and her Italian ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, have been in court since 2007. The pair dated for only a week before Knox's study-abroad roommate Meredith Kercher was found stabbed to death in their Perugian flat. Knox and Sollecito have undergone a trial and two appeals, being found guilty, not guilty, then guilty again. The two currently face 28-year and 25-year sentences, respectively.

Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast native often described as a drifter, was convicted for his role in the murder in a separate trial in 2008, and is halfway through serving a 16-year sentence.

According to Agence France-Presse, Italy's highest court will now examine an appeal to the couple's latest convictions. Alternatively, the court could uphold and confirm, once and for all, the current conviction and sentencing.

As The Daily Beast describes it, "Double-jeopardy, or being tried twice for the same crime, which is prohibited in U.S. law, is a term that does not apply to the Italian judicial system: Knox and Sollecito are not being tried multiple times for the same crime; they are still being tried for the same crime almost eight years after it happened."

It was reported in February of this year that Knox recently got engaged to Colin Sutherland, a classmate from her middle school years. She's also working as a cub reporter for the West Seattle Herald in Seattle, and maintains a few shifts at a local bookstore.

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