Amanda Knox Was Publicly 'Crucified,' Her Lawyer Says
MSNBC.COM - American student Amanda Knox was a naive young woman publicly "crucified" and "impaled" to justify wrongly imprisoning her for murder, her lawyer told an Italian court on Thursday.
Knox is appealing a 2009 verdict that found her guilty of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher during a drug-fuelled sex game that went wrong. Kercher's half-naked body was found in 2007 in a bloody pool in the apartment the two shared.
Knox was arrested on Nov. 6, 2007 — four days after Kercher's body was found in the apartment they shared in Perugia. The Seattle student was sentenced to 26 years behind bars, and prosecutors want the term increased to life.
Her Italian boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, and an Ivorian drifter were also jailed over the murder. But much of the focus in the case has been on Knox, who prosecutors allege led the sexual assault and held the knife that slit Kercher's throat.
Wrapping up the defense case, Knox's lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova pointed to errors in the police investigation and urged a panel of lay and professional judges to look beyond the image of a sex-crazed wild girl created by the media and prosecutors.
"She was crucified, impaled in a public square," Dalla Vedova told the court. "Who, if not her, has been run over by a media tsunami?"
Being respectful of the pain caused by Kercher's death did not mean wrongly jailing two innocent youths, he argued.
"She was a girl who was quite different from how she has been depicted," he told the court. "How many times have we heard Amanda Knox saying 'Why don't they believe me?'"
The 24-year-old study abroad student, wearing a silver-gray top on Thursday, has visibly lost weight since her last trial and has appeared frail in her latest appearances in court.
Dalla Vedova told the court that she has spent about 1,000 days behind bars. >>>CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM MSNBC
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