Amanda Knox Re-convicted Of Slander In Italian Court

Amanda Knox was reconvicted of slander, upholding the only conviction still standing in association with the brutal murder of her roommate in 2007.

The Florence court sentenced Knox to three years for slandering Patrick Lumumba, a Congolese bar owner, in a written statement following the murder of Meredith Kercher. 

According to the court, Knox is not expected to serve the time, since she served about four years before her murder conviction was overturned.

Knox arrived in court in Florence Wednesday morning, with her hearing set to begin at 9:30 a.m. local time. 

She was accompanied by her husband, Christopher Robinson, with whom she shares two children.

In court, Amanda gave a 10-minute declaration. Speaking in Italian with a voice that at times trembled, she spoke of why she wrote the note naming Lumumba.

She said she didn’t intend to hurt Lumumba, who was “not only her employer,” but also a friend who consoled her after her roommate’s death. 

She named him while she was exhausted and confused during an extensive police interrogation, she said.

“I hope to clear my name once and for all of the false charges against me,” Knox said on social media. “Wish me luck.”

Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were initially convicted of murder in 2009, a ruling that was overturned in 2011. She was again convicted of murder in 2014, then acquitted in 2015.