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The question of extradition for Amanda Knox

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 01:40

March 26 - A question remains after Italy's top court overturned the 2011 murder acquittal of American student Amanda Knox: If convicted in a retrial, would Knox be extradited to Italy? Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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An uncertain future for Amanda Knox after Italy's top court orders a retrial of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher. Knox along with her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were initially found guilty in the 2007 death of Kercher, whose half-naked body, with more than 40 wounds, was found in the apartment she shared with Knox. The finding was overturned in 2011 when the two were acquitted after four years in jail. Knox returned to her family home in Seattle Washington. Whether she will return to Italy is a matter of debate. Italian law professor Maurizio Bellcosa. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROFESSOR OF CRIMINAL LAW AT LUISS UNIVERSITY, MAURIZIO BELLACOSA, SAYING: "We can say that the murder is a serious crime both in the U.S. and in Italy and so, in theory, the extradition is possible." James Cohen is a law professer at Fordham University in New York. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JAMES A. COHEN, LAW PROFESSOR, FORDHAM UNIVERSITY, SAYING: "We in the United States typically do not extradict if the extradition would violate our own constitution. And there is a question, an open question at this point, as to whether or not Ms. Knox's acquittal in Italy, would work the same way that an acquiital does in the Unied States, and thus bar her retrial." The court yet to provided a full reasoning of its decision and a date has for the new trial has not been set.

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The question of extradition for Amanda Knox

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 01:40