Amanda Knox's former lawyer has spoken out in her defense in a new interview, calling the case "wholly unjust" and "a nightmare that should end."
Attorney Theodore Simon, Philadelphia attorney and president-elect of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, got involved in Knox's famous case for a time, helping her secure an acquittal upon her appeal.
"I got involved after her initial conviction at the end of '09. On her appellate trial, she was actually found innocent," he told Philadelphia magazine
in an interview published Monday. "Thereafter, the prosecution appealed to the country’s Supreme Court and had her innocent verdict reversed. She went back for a new appellate court trial, where she was convicted. And now, it’s back on appeal."
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Simon said that Knox's case should be long over, and presumably supports her decision to stay put in Seattle, even if she is sentenced in absentia by Italian courts.
"Is this trial ever going to end?" the interviewer asks.
"There’s only one thing that is consistent about this particular case: There’s a compelling and profound absence of evidence. It’s a nightmare that should end, and it’s completely and wholly unjust," Simon responded.
Knox, an American who resides in Seattle, and her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, have been in court since the 2007 stabbing and killing of Knox's roommate, a British college student named Meredith Kercher. The pair dated for only a week before Kercher's death, and have undergone a trial and two appeals, being found guilty, not guilty, then guilty again.
They've both served multiple years in Italian prisons during the multiple appeals.
In late July, Italian tabloids claimed that a new police report had surfaced showing that Knox had a potentially sexual relationship with a drug dealer before and after the murder. Some speculated she could be extradited for the separate drug charges, however experts said that any alleged offenses likely wouldn't prove strong enough to merit extradition.
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