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Amanda Knox could be extradited, legal expert says


New York, January 31 - Amanda Knox could face
extradition to Italy, a leading international criminal lawyer
told ANSA in an interview on Friday.
Christopher Blakesley, a professor at the University of
Nevada, called extradition "absolutely possible" for Knox, who
has been living in the United States.
Knox received a jail sentence of 28 years and six months
after she and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were
found guilty in a Florence court Thursday for the 2007 murder of
British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia.
The appeals-level verdict was the fourth ruling on the case
and it is now expected to go to the Italian supreme court.
Blakesley, who teaches at the William S. Boyd School of Law
in Las Vegas, said a 1984 bilateral treaty between the United
States and Italy obliges the US to obey an extradition request,
if made.
The professor added that the treaty takes precedence over
the US constitution, but the case would likely be adjudicated in
federal court.
One key issue to be determined would be whether Knox's
conviction constitutes a case of "double jeopardy".
The US constitution protects citizens from being tried
again on the same criminal charges once a person has been
acquitted of them in court.
Thursday's verdict in a Florence middle court represents
the fourth verdict for Knox and Sollecito, after the Italian
supreme court rejected an acquittal made by a previous middle
appeals court.
Some have hypothesized that the double-jeopardy clause
could save Knox from extradition, but Blakesley is not sure.
According to Blakesley, under Italian law Knox's new
conviction does not come from a new trial, but from a new stage
of the same trial.
In addition, the US signed the treaty with Italy knowing
full well the laws that govern its justice system, he said.
Blakesley said that the last word, however, would lie with
the US secretary of state, who holds veto power on extraditions.

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