Amanda Knox published a column about her opposition to President-elect Donald Trump despite his support for the West-Seattle native when she spent nearly four years in an Italian prison following a highly-publicized murder conviction.
Trump called out to citizens and government officials in 2011 to boycott Italy in the wake of Knox's arrests. Secretary of State at that time was none other than his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
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KIRO 7 News reported in March that Italy's highest court overturned Knox's murder conviction, as well as the conviction of her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito.
In her closing arguments, Attorney Giulia Bongiorno said Knox's original statement to police — which was never entered as evidence and was later changed — exonerated her client.
Knox, who along with Kercher had been studying in the university town of Perugia, had initially accused a Congolese bar owner of the murder. She also told investigators that she was home the night that Kercher was killed and had to cover her ears to drown out her screams.
Bongiorno said she believed Knox's statement was coerced — but that even if the high court chooses to consider it, Sollecito figures nowhere in her story.
"My heart is crying because I think she was pressured by an intermediary," Bongiorno said, apparently referring to the person who served as Knox's unofficial translator during police questioning. But within that statement, Bongiorno added, Knox "rules out Sollecito."
Kercher, a 21-year-old student from Britain, was found dead Nov. 2, 2007, in the apartment that she shared with Knox and two other students. Her throat was slashed and she had been sexually assaulted.
Knox and Sollecito were arrested a few days later. They both have maintained their innocence.
Initially Sollecito said he was working on his computer all night, and that he couldn't remember if Knox had stayed the whole night with him. Police said there was no sign he used the computer that night.
The couple later said they had spent the evening together at Sollecito's place watching a movie, smoking marijuana and making love.
Knox said her initial statement was forced under duress during late-night questioning by Italian police without a lawyer present and in a language she barely spoke. Her false accusation against Diya "Patrick" Lumumba, who owned the bar where Knox occasionally worked, resulted in a slander conviction against Knox that has been upheld on appeal.
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