Amanda Knox Family Denies She Approved of Trial

Knox family thanks Sen. Cantwell, who said trial tainted by anti-Americanism.

ByABC News
December 11, 2009, 5:23 PM

Dec. 12, 2009— -- The family of Amanda Knox denied reports today that she told an Italian member of parliament that her murder trial was "correct."

"It has been widely reported in the media that Amanda Knox recently told a visitor to La Capanne prison that she was satisfied with the results of her recent trial," the Knox family said in a statement released today. "Those reports, like much of what has been reported about Amanda and this case, are inaccurate."

Several news outlets, including ABC News, interviewed Walter Verini earlier this week after he visited Knox in prison, where she has begun a 26-year sentence. She was convicted on Saturday of murdering roommate Meredith Kercher in November 2007.

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The guilty verdict triggered a firestorm of criticism. Critics, including Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., have said the verdict was influenced by lurid media coverage and anti-Americanism.

The criticism has angered Italians.

Verini, a member of the Italian parliament, told ABC News that Knox was "apparently calm" when he met her in prison and that she was aware of the criticism over the trial and its verdict.

He quoted Knox as saying that her trial was "correct," and that she "still has faith in the Italian legal system."

The family statement said Knox never said anything like that to Verini.

"The actual conversation was extremely brief and contained only one mention of her trial. She was asked what she thought of the trial, and her response was that she thought her lawyers did an amazing job. That was the only reference to the trial, the Italian legal system or the events of the last two years," the Knox family said. "Amanda was actually devastated by the verdict and is looking forward to the appeal."

"It is unfortunate that how Amanda is portrayed, what she says and how she acts has been so consistently inaccurate over the last two years. Unfortunately, these inaccuracies, reported and repeated by the media, have resulted in a negative picture of who Amanda really is," the statement said.