Amanda Knox Appeals Case Nears Completion


A defense attorney compared Amanda Knox to the sexy but sweet cartoon character Jessica Rabbit during closing arguments in an Italian court.

The attorney representing Knox's former boyfriend and codefendant Raffaele Sollecito said the 24-year-old American student is not the manipulative sex-obsessed femme fatale her accusers have claimed.

Instead, they said she is a loving though naive woman who made false statements and accusations when questioned about the murder of her roommate in 2007.

Knox and Sollecito were convicted in 2009 of sexually assaulting and killing British student Meredith Kercher in the apartment she shared with Knox in Perugia, Italy.

Both appealed their convictions. A verdict in the appeals case could come as early as Saturday.

The case is generating intense media attention in Italy and around the world. About 370 journalists are in Rerugia to cover the appeal.

At the heart of the case is DNA evidence used to help convict Knox and Sollecito that a team of independent experts has declared is unreliable.

"When anyone characterizes this evidence fairly it can only be characterized as absent, inaccurate, unreliable and non-existent," said Knox's attorney Ted Simon.

Knox's family hopes that's enough to win her release.

"Amanda asked me and asked us on her last visit the ten top things she wanted to do is.... and that's personal," said Knox's father, Curt.

Knox's defense team begins its closing arguments Thursday.

In the initial trial, Knox was sentenced to 26-years in prison. Her former boyfriend was sentenced to 25 years.

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