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Italian court decides Amanda Knox will be retried for murder

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Italy’s Supreme court today ordered Amanda Knox be retried for the sexual torture and murder of her roommate. Meredith Kersher.  In October 2011, Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaelle Sollecita were acquitted of the murder after spending four years in prison for the crime.

Since her release from Italian prison, Knox has led a quiet life in her hometown of Seattle, Washington, returned to her studies at the University of Washington, and written a book to be released this spring about her ordeal.

Now, it looks as though that ordeal continues.  She issued a statement saying in part, ” No matter what happens, my family and I will face this continuing legal battle as we always have, confident in the truth and with our heads held high in the face of wrongful accusations and unreasonable adversity.”

Experts disagree over whether Knox is likely to be extradiated to Italy for the retrail.  Some say the United States may refuse to extradite her because a retrial is a violation of the US double jeopardy principle that prohibits a person from being tried twice for the same crime.  Others say she can be tried in absentia.

Prosecutors said Knox directed her boyfriend and another man infatuated with her, Rudy Guede, a drifter from the Ivory Coast, to hold Kercher down as Knox played with a kniofe before slashing Kercher’s throat.  Guede is serving a 16 year prison sentence.

The judge behind today’s ruling is expected to release his reasoning for ordering the retrial within the next 90 days.

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