Final arguments are being made this week in the Amanda Knox appeals case and a decision was expected by Monday. Knox is appealing her conviction over the 2007 murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy.
While Knox was initially sentenced to 26 years in prison two years ago, prosecutors have asked for her sentence to be increased to life. The Seattle-based Knox has had her reputation trampled in court as prosecutors referred to her as a “promiscuous she-devil.” Knox’s lawyers disputed she was a femme fatale, comparing her to the cartoon character Jessica Rabbit, saying she wasn’t bad, just drawn that way.
Defense lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova called the proceedings a “tragic judicial case” causing Knox to spend more than 1,000 days behind bars.
Legal experts have interpreted the appeal process as disastrous for the prosecution. Their DNA sampling and testing results drew laughs from the court. Knox’s team has been optimistic the way the case has gone for them but some have cautioned that she ultimately might not go free. “There are all sorts of options here beyond just simply saying she could be set free,” Mediaite’s Dan Abrams speculated. “The appeals court they’re in front of now could reduce the sentence instead of saying simply we’re going to acquit her.”
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