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Will Amanda Knox be extradited?

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Amanda Knox, guilty. Again? Knox was on retrial in Florence, Italy, accused of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher.

"I will never go willingly back.. I'm going to fight this until the very end, and it's not right and it's not fair and I'm going to do everything I can", Knox told ABC's 'Good Morning America' in response to the news.

Will the United States government allow Knox, a U.S. citizen, to be extradited? Arguments in Washington, D.C., are strong on both sides of the issue. Had the incident occurred on U.S. soil there would not have been a retrial. Knox would have been free and clear thanks to her Fifth Amendment right which protects defendants from being retried for the same crime.

New Republic reported, "Knox’s American lawyers could still claim that her extradition is unconstitutional, but according to Washington-based extradition lawyer Bruce Zagaris, 'When a requesting country reverses the acquittal and enters a judgment of conviction, U.S. courts have held that there is no constitutional or statutory bar to the U.S. granting extradition.'"

The next phase of the saga will contain an appeals process that can take years to reach completion. Speculation will erupt again as to whether Knox would be extradited based on the appeal verdict.



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