Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Amanda Knox: First Session of Appeal Trial Over

PERUGIA, ITALY - NOVEMBER 24:  Amanda Knox (C)...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeAmanda Knox Amanda Knox (C) is led away from Perugia's Court of Appeal by police officers after the first session of her appeal against her murder conviction on November 24, 2010 in Perugia, Italy. American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of the murder of Ms Knox's former British flatmate Meredith Kercher in 2007. Their initial trial completed in December 2009 with Knox and Sollecito receiving sentences of 26 and 25 years respectively. Rudy Guede, an unemployed man from Ivory Coast, was also convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher. The case is also forming the basis for a film currently being shot in Italy entitled 'The Amanda Knox Story', with American actress Hayden Panettiere cast as Amanda Knox.A man sits outside Perugia's Court Of Appeal where Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito will appear tomorrow to appeal their murder convictions on November 23, 2010 in Perugia, Italy. American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of the murder of Ms Knox's former British flatmate Meredith Kercher in 2007. Their trial took place in December 2009 with Knox and Sollecito receiving sentences of 26 and 25 years respectively. Rudy Guede, an unemployed man from Ivory Coast, was also convicted of the Meredith Kercher's murder. The case is also forming the basis for a film currently being shot in Italy entitled 'The Amanda Knox Story', with American actress Hayden Panettiere cast as Amanda Knox.

APPEALS PROCESS COULD TAKE 1 YEAR


Today marks the first day of American co-ed Amanda Knox's Appeal Trial contesting her murder conviction in December 2009.  The photos,  courtesy of Zimbio,  show Amanda leaving the court session this afternoon. 


 Knox's parents told the Associated Press that they are hoping this appeal will result in their daughter's release.  The appeal is an attempt to overturn Amanda's conviction for the 2007 murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher.   Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison for the slaying.


  Knox's parents maintain that Amanda had no motive to kill her roommate,  and that the prosecution neither proved motive nor produced evidence against their daughter.


The UK Telegraph says the appeals process could take as long as a year,  and that on Thanksgiving Thurs.,  20 of Knox's family and friends will gather for a meal in Perugia,  while Amanda sits in her prison cell.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/8157000/Amanda-Knox-appeal-could-last-a-year.html
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