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Amanda Knox Appeals To European Court

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SEATTLE (AP) - Amanda Knox says her lawyers filed an appeal of her Italy slander conviction on Monday with the European Court of Human Rights, an international court in France.
    
The slander conviction was based on statements the student from Seattle made to police in November 2007 when she was being questioned about the slaying of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in the house they shared in Perugia. Knox says false statements she made blaming the slaying on bar owner Patrick Lumumba were coerced.
    
Knox was released on appeal in 2011 and returned to Seattle where she is a student at the University of Washington.
    
She is not attending a third trial underway in an appeals court in Florence.
    
The European Court for Human Rights oversees the European Convention on Human Rights.

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FLORENCE, Italy (AP) - An Italian prosecutor has demanded that an appeals court find Amanda Knox guilty for the 2007 murder of her British roommate and sentence her to 26 years for the murder and another four for slander.
    
Prosecutor Alessandro Crini made the request after two days of closing arguments in the third trial involving the violent, sex-charged murder of Meredith Kercher.
    
Knox was sentenced to 26 years in the first trial, including one year for slander for blaming Kercher's murder on a Congolese-born bar owner.
    
The appeals court that overturned the murder conviction confirmed Knox's slander conviction and raised the penalty to three years.  When she was released after the appeal, Knox had already served four years, which covered her slander sentence.
    
Crini also demanded 26 years for her co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito.
 

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