Amanda Knox [Getty]
When the verdict finally came through on the Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito trial following – guilty, again – there was only one question on everyone’s minds: what happens next?
The Italian Court which yesterday overturned a previous appeal which saw Amanda Knox released after four years of being convicted for the brutal murder of Meredith Kercher demanded that Amanda Knox serves 28 years and six months in Italian prison. Meanwhile she’s back in Seattle, reading creative writing at uni and signing book deals. And the chances are, that’s how she’ll remain.
Here’s why: they can still lodge another appeal – which will could delay the extradition process for up to a year. If extradition is filed for, America has to decide whether the request comes under the treaty they have with Italy – meaning they have theoretically agreed to surrender convicted fugitives to each other. But they don’t have to.
According to the treaty, the nation demanding the extradition of a person must provide “a reasonable basis to believe that the person sought committed the offence” – which they’ll probably use to block it. If that doesn’t work, they can fall back on to the double jeopardy rule – that a person can’t be tried twice for the same offence under American law, - however as this latest verdict wasn't tried by a jury this becomes more complicated. Ultimately, this decision will ultimately lie with the President – who will most probably be swayed by American public opinion on the case.
Some say that, to preserve the political relationship of the two nations, Italy might not even bother asking for Knox to be returned. So, whilst Sollecito could spend 25 miserable years in a cell, the likelihood is that the only bars Amanda will be seeing are the type that give you a hangover.