Amanda Knox convicted again for defamation after speaking out in Italian court

An Italian court on Wednesday again convicted Amanda Knox of defamation, upholding her only conviction in the 2007 brutal killing of her roommate.

A Florence court sentenced Knox to three years in prison for defaming Congo Bar owner Patrick Lumumba in a statement written following Meredith Kercher’s murder. Knox is not expected to serve that time because he served four years before the manslaughter charge was dismissed.

Photo: Amanda Knox reacts on the day of the verdict in the defamation case at an Italian court in Florence, Italy on June 5, 2024.  (Claudia Greco/Reuters)

Photo: Amanda Knox reacts on the day of the verdict in the defamation case at an Italian court in Florence, Italy on June 5, 2024. (Claudia Greco/Reuters)

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European Court of Human Rights had ruled That is in 2019 Italian Law enforcement violated Knox’s rights during the trial, leading Italy to throw out his libel conviction. The Supreme Court then asked the Florence court to open a new trial to decide whether the note contained libel.

Knox arrived in Florence court Wednesday morning, with his trial set to begin at 9:30 a.m. local time. She was with her husband Christopher Robinson, with whom she shares two children.

Knox made a 10-minute statement before the court. Speaking in Italian, his voice shaking at times, he talked about why he wrote the note mentioning Lumumba by name.

She said she did not want to hurt Lumumba, who was “not only her boss” but also a friend who comforted her after her roommate’s death. She named him when she was tired and confused during an extensive police investigation, she said.

Knox said Monday that the hearing was scheduled for “the same courtroom where I was again convicted of a crime I did not commit. This time, he would be there to “again defend myself.”

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Photo: Amanda Knox arrives at a Florence court with her husband Christopher Robinson on June 5, 2024, ahead of a libel trial, jailed and later released for killing her British roommate in 2007.  (Ticiana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images)Photo: Amanda Knox arrives at a Florence court with her husband Christopher Robinson on June 5, 2024, ahead of a libel trial, jailed and later released for killing her British roommate in 2007.  (Ticiana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images)

Photo: Amanda Knox arrives at a Florence court with her husband Christopher Robinson on June 5, 2024, ahead of a libel trial, jailed and later released for killing her British roommate in 2007. (Ticiana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images)

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“I hope to clear once and for all all false accusations against me,” Knox said said On social media. “Congratulations to me.”

Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were initially convicted of murder in 2009, a conviction that was overturned in 2011. In 2014 he was again convicted of murder. The country’s Supreme Court in 2015 acquitted her and Sollecito of murder.

Rudy Hermann Guede was sentenced to 13 years in prison for murder. He was released in 2021.

Taking to social media on Monday, Knox added a small postscript to his statement, “Grebi il lubo!” The Italian proverb roughly translates to “let the wolf die,” a common way of saying “good luck.”

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