Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Prosecutors seek to reinstate Knox conviction

MILAN - Italian prosecutors are appealing to Italy's highest criminal court a decision to throw out the murder conviction of American student Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend.

After spending four years in an Italian prison, and having been convicted of participating in the 2007 murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher, Knox's conviction was overturned by an appeals court and she was released last October, when she returned home to Seattle.

Prosecutors saw their case collapse over discredited DNA evidence against Knox and her co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito, who was also freed.

On Tuesday Perugia prosecutors filed the 111-page appeal.

Luca Maori, Sollecito's lawyer, said the high court is expected to issue its decision toward the end of the year.

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