- (Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi)
A defense lawyer compared Amanda Knox, the young American convicted of killing her British roommate Meredith Kercher, to Jessica Rabbit from the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” in court on Tuesday.
Attorney Giulia Bongiorno quoted Jessica Rabbit from the film arguing that the 24-year-old is a loving young woman that displayed immaturity at the time of the slaying.
Bongiorno used a quote from widely popular and classic cartoon film to describe Knox saying, “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.”
The attorney also added that tenderness should not be mistaken for “sexual obsession.”
Bongiorno used the comparison as a way to challenge the media and prosecution portrayal of Knox as a “liar” and “satanic.”
The comments come a day after Knox was labeled a “diabolical she-devil” by a lawyer for Patrick Lumumba, the man the Knox originally accused of the crime. Knox claims that she was pressured by Italian police during the chaos of the crime to blame Lumumba.
Knox’s character has been a central pillar of the prosecution’s case. The result has led to Knox being referred to as “Foxy Knoxy” by media outlets and depicted as a sex loving wild child that has an affinity for dangerous games.
Knox was convicted of killing her 21-year old roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007. Kercher was found in the Perugia apartment she shared with Knox with a deep stab wound in her throat.
As a result of the murder, Knox received a 26-year sentence in 2009 to which she is now appealing.
During the last legs of the appeals trial, prosecutors have raised the stakes and asked the Italian court to increase Knox’s original sentence of 26 years to a life sentence and the much anticipated verdict in her appeals trial is only days away.
Knox’s parents are coming out describing the challenges Knox is facing in these final days of the years-long ordeal, in which their daughter’s life is literally at stake.
Knox’s father, Curt Knox, said that his daughter misses the simple pleasures of life such as lying in the grass or petting her cat, and had admitted that the 24-year old is having trouble eating and sleeping.
Her father said, “If you put yourself in her shoes where in a matter of days a judge and jury are going to decide what happens to your life, I don’t know if I’d sleep very well either.”