Amanda Knox hires attorney for possible book deal

Mon Dec 5, 2011 6:09pm EST

Amanda Knox gestures while speaking during a news conference at Sea-Tac International Airport, Washington after landing there on a flight from Italy October 4, 2011. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante

Amanda Knox gestures while speaking during a news conference at Sea-Tac International Airport, Washington after landing there on a flight from Italy October 4, 2011.

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(Reuters) - Amanda Knox, who was cleared of murder and freed from prison by an Italian court in October, has hired a prominent Washington, D.C.-based lawyer as she considers possible book deals, her spokesman said on Monday.

Knox, 24, has retained attorney Robert Barnett "to represent her in discussions with various book publishers who have expressed an interest in Amanda writing a book," spokesman David Marriott said.

"Mr. Barnett will also assist Amanda and her family in evaluating other opportunities as well," Marriott said in a statement.

Marriott did not elaborate on those additional opportunities but said few details of a potential book had been yet decided by Knox and her family, including an advance or the possibility of co-authors.

Barnett has previously represented President Barack Obama, former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, singer Barbra Streisand and a host of other political and entertainment luminaries in book deals.

The announcement comes a day after a Seattle-based literary agent announced that she had agreed to represent Knox's 27-year-old former Italian boyfriend and co-defendant in the sensational murder case, Raffaele Sollecito.

"This is a case I have followed from day one and never, not even for one moment, have I doubted the innocence of Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox," agent Sharlene Martin said in a statement announcing that deal.

Knox, then a college student studying in Italy, and Sollecito were convicted in 2009 of murdering her 21-year-old British housemate, Meredith Kercher in what prosecutors said was a drug-fueled sexual assault.

An Italian appeals court overturned their convictions in October after independent forensic investigators sharply criticized police scientific evidence in the original investigation, saying it was unreliable.

Knox made a tearful return to her hometown of Seattle last month, saying she was "overwhelmed" by her ordeal and return.

Her father said at the time that the former University of Washington student, whose trial gripped attention on both sides of the Atlantic, had not agreed to any media deals

(Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

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Comments (2)
annmac38 wrote:
Sorry to hear that she is contemplating a book. Cheapens the situation even more than it was. And there are many in Italy who think she is guilty. If she were really grateful to be spared prison, she would just quietly get on with her life without more publicity.

Dec 05, 2011 6:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
partenope wrote:
“there are many in Italy who think she is guilty”

This obviously doesn’t include the Italian judge and jury who found she could not have committed the crime, after careful consideration of the evidence, or zero evidence against her.
It is impossible for her to “just get on with her life” in quiet anonymity, when photographers and press lay in wait for her and follow her if she simply pops out to the shops.
Amanda Knox has and will continue to be the subject of discussion and opinion, a lot of it vitriolic, from people who don’t know her, and can have no idea about what really happened in Perugia in November 2007. The world and his wife appear to be able to write about who she is as a person, and what she might be capable of without ever having met her. Writers and journalists have made money from this “opportunity” that is Amanda Knox, and yet she shouldn’t give her side of the story? Despite being acquitted?

Dec 08, 2011 3:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
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