After serving four years in prison, Amanda Knox’s conviction for a 2007 murder in Italy was overturned in 2011. She returned to the U.S. but in March, the Italian Supreme Court overturned the reversal of the conviction. Her retrial is scheduled to begin in Italy on September 30 but Knox has said that she will not be in attendance.
Rudy Guede is serving a 16-year sentence for the murder of Meredith Kercher. Guede’s fingerprints and DNA were found at the scene of the crime and he was caught with many of Kercher’s possessions. Guede has claimed that both Knox and her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were involved in the murder.
If she is found guilty a second time, it is possibly that Italy could always file an extradition request with the United States in order to bring Knox back to serve time.
It is unclear whether the U.S. would want to comply with such a request, The Inquisitr reported.
“Article X of the current US-Italy extradition treaty states that the requesting nation must present… a reasonable basis to believe that the person sought committed the offense…The United States will probably use this as grounds for blocking Knox’s extradition,” according to Slate.
The U.S. could also point to our own constitution’s laws against double jeopardy, since Amanda Knox was previously cleared of the crime and released, as a reason not to honor a request for extradition.