Amanda Knox not compelled to return for a retrial

  • Italian law cannot compel Amanda Knox to return from the US for the new trial
  • The court could declare her in contempt, but that carries no additional penalties
  • It is unclear what will happen if she is convicted in a new appeals trial, but Italy can seek her extradition
  • It would then be up to the United States to decide if it honors the request
  • US and Italian authorities could also come to a deal that would keep Knox in the United States

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Knox to face Meredith retrial

The most senior appeals court in Italy has ordered a retrial of Amanda Knox for the murder of Meredith Kercher, after overturning her acquittal.