Italian court upholds Amanda Knox’s conviction for slander

In 2007, Amanda Knox was accused of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. However, after a long legal battle, she was eventually acquitted of the charges. Despite her acquittal, Knox was re-convicted of slander for falsely accusing her former boss of being the killer.

According to The New York Times, Knox admitted to the court that she had falsely accused an innocent man due to the immense pressure exerted upon her by the police.

According to the AP, during a 9-minute prepared statement, Knox expressed her regret for not being strong enough to withstand the police pressure and stated, “I didn’t know who the murderer was. I had no way of knowing.”

According to CNN, Knox was found guilty of slander in 2009 after wrongfully accusing Lumumba of murdering Kercher in Perugia, Italy. Recently, an appellate court in Florence confirmed and upheld this conviction.

After spending a few years in jail, Knox was ultimately acquitted in 2015 of the murder of her housemate in Italy. Both Knox and her housemate were foreign-exchange students in Perugia at the time of the incident.

According to CNN, Knox had signed two statements that were prepared by the police regarding the accusation against Lumumba. However, later on, she wrote a handwritten note that contradicted those statements.

After being found guilty of slandering Lumumba, she was sentenced to three years in prison. It’s worth noting that she had already served the three years while she was awaiting her trial on charges of murdering Kercher.

Although she will not be serving jail time, Wednesday’s verdict may still require her to pay a fine.

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