Transcript for Amanda Knox Verdict: Guilty
We do begin with the Italian court's decision to convict Amanda Knox for a second time. Brand-new developments overnight. Her ex-boyfriend Raffaele sollecito found by Italian police right near the border just hours after the decision. ABC's chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams here with the latest. The big question, could Amanda Knox actually be forced to return to Italy. Good morning, George. That will likely become the question as she prepares to fight a conviction yet again but this time rather than fighting from an Italian prison she's fighting this one from home. This morning, Amanda Knox is once again a convicted murderer under Italian law for the murder of her former roommate, Meredith Kercher. Her former boyfriend, Raffaele sollecito also convicted again after a nearly 12-hour deliberation by a combination of judges and jurors. Overnight Italian authorities reportedly stripped sollecito of his passport near Italy's border with Slovenia and Austria fueling speculation the 29-year-old may have been preparing to flee the country. He remains in police custody but is expected to be released later today. This was effectively Knox and sollecito's had third trial. First found guilty in 2009 then an appellate court overturned the conviction and released them before this trial was demanded. Knox, who learned of her newest conviction said in a statement, "I am frightened and saddened by this unjust verdict. Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system. This has gotten out of hand." In an interview with guardian films aired by the bbc Knox said she had no intention of serving the sentence. Still have -- they'll have to catch me and pull me back kicking and screaming. Reporter: Knox will appeal her case again, but if she loses two questions remain, will Italy request that she be extradited and if so will the U.S. Government comply with that request? This may be a request of extra dixes. Still, between 2003 to 2012 less than 50 people were extradited to the U.S. From Italy. Now, under this u.s./italy extra diction treaty an offense is extraditable if it's punishable under the laws of both country. Knox will argue since she was acquitted once under U.S. Law that would be double jeopardy and therefore not covered. The problem, others from different countries have tried that argument and failed. But with the American public support behind Amanda Knox, this case is likely to be different since in the end, it's a political decision to be made by the state department. I want to get into those politics later but this news overnight of Raffaele sollecito, his lawyers saying he wasn't trying to leave the country. Even if he did he's an Italian citizen. Would that give him much protection That's why it's unlikely he was trying to escape. The notion he took a drive and came back, I don't think that's a big concern but one of the requirements from the court was take his passport so that he can't travel but they still need to appeal this to the Italian supreme court before you get that final -- We'll get into those questions coming up in our next half hour. Dan Abrams, thanks very much.
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