Thursday, February 23, 2012

Knox Appeals Slander Conviction

PERUGIA, ITALY - NOVEMBER 24:  Amanda Knox spe...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeFive months after an Italian appellate court overturned her 2009 murder conviction in the brutal 2007 slaying of her English roommate Meredith Kercher, 24-year-old Amanda Knox is asking the appeals court in Perugia, Italy, to reverse a slander conviction.

According to online stories by Reuters and MSNBC, Knox, a former University of Washington student currently living in Seattle, was on the wrong end of an action for slander brought by Diya "Patrick" Lumumba, a bar owner whom she implicated in Kercher's death. He was released after two weeks' incarceration for lack of evidence.  Knox claims police, during their interrogation, coerced her into pointing the finger at Lumumba, according to press accounts.

No timetable has been set for when the Perugia court will take up the appeal.

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