A lawyer for Amanda Knox on Thursday painted a picture of a failed justice system and a media onslaught that poisoned his client’s image, as closing arguments were heard in Perugia, Italy, in the appeal of the Seattle student’s 2009 conviction for the murder of Meredith Kercher.
“We are fighting this battle with the same firm belief we have had from the start, and that is Amanda’s innocence,” Carlo Dalla Vedova told the court, as Knox, 24, sat quiet and still, staring down at the desk in front of her.
“We shouldn’t be scared of admitting a mistake,” he said. “Mistakes happen.”
Earlier this week, Knox was called a “witch of deception” by a lawyer for a man she once accused of committing the murder. “Amanda is … a satanic, diabolic she-devil,” that lawyer said.
The jury appeared captivated by the Knox lawyer’s closing arguments. On more than one occasion, the head judge nodded, something of a first. Knox herself is expected to give a statement at some point during closing arguments.
No members of the Kercher family are present, although they are expected for the verdict.
BY TIM NUDD