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Italian court will consider Amanda Knox case for third time

First Published      Last Updated Jan 29 2014 08:11 am
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Legal experts agree that it is unlikely that Italy would seek extradition until there is a final verdict. Still, Markus Witig, a trial lawyer in Milan with expertise in extraditions, said Italy could — but probably would not — seek immediate extradition on grounds of urgency, which could include the risk a defendant would disappear.

Dershowitz believes double jeopardy would not be an issue because Knox's acquittal was not a final judgment. He also doubts that the United States would want to set a precedent by refusing to extradite her if she is convicted, given that the United States makes frequent extradition requests for defendants sought by U.S. courts.

"The easiest thing for the court to do is acquit. It probably ends it there. If it is a conviction, it is just the beginning of what would be a very lengthy and difficult process," Dershowitz said.

Kercher's family, which has a legal team aiding the prosecution, remains persuaded that Knox and Sollecito were responsible for Kercher's death along with Guede, an Ivory Coast native and small-time drug dealer, who is serving a 16-year sentence. Kercher's sister Stephanie and perhaps one of her brothers is expected to attend the verdict, said Francesco Maresca, one of the family's lawyers.

''This trial is a tragedy for everyone," said Vieri Fabiani, one of the lawyers representing Kercher's family. ''For these kids, for the poor girl who isn't here anymore. And for those who went beyond what could have been their intent."