Amanda Knox’s Appeal: A Friendlier Venue This Time?

My piece on Amanda Knox’s appeal has just been published by Time.

The biggest factor in the appeal trial of Amanda Knox, the American college student convicted last year of killing her British roommate Meredith Kercher, is unlikely to be the disclosure of dramatic new evidence.

When lawyers for Knox and her Italian co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito lay out their reasons for appeal on Saturday, they’re expected to concentrate on well-worn technical objections to the way the DNA evidence was gathered, in particular the kitchen knife alleged to be the murder weapon and a bra clasp picked up in a sweep some six weeks after Kercher was found stabbed to death in the apartment she shared with Knox in the Italian city of Perugia in 2007. “What we’re primarily asking for is a new examination of the procedures,” Knox’s lawyer, Luciano Girgha, told TIME. Speaking earlier to reporters after a 15-minute procedural session in November, “The game,” he had said, “is starting over.”

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