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Amanda Knox stayed up until 2:00 a.m. in the morning in order to hear the news that she would, in fact, be retried for murder in Italy. The Italian Court of Cassation ruled that an appeals court would re-hear the case against Knox and her former boyfriend in the murder of Meredith Kercher.
"It was painful to receive the news that the Italian Supreme Court decided to send my case back for revision when the prosecution's theory of my involvement in Meredith's murder has been repeatedly revealed to be completely unfounded and unfair," Knox said through a family spokesperson soon after learning the news.
Knox was found guilty of Kercher's murder in 2007, but that ruling was later overturned and she was set free. Knox enrolled at the University of Washington, where she is currently studying, and even wrote a book about the ordeal. She will not be expected to return to Italy for the trial, but if she is found guilty of murder, the Italian court will press for her extradition.
"No matter what happens, my family and I will face this continuing legal battle as we always have, confident in the truth and with our heads held high in the face of wrongful accusations and unreasonable adversity," Knox said.
"She thought the nightmare was over," her attorney Carlo Dalla Vedova added. "If the court orders another trial, if she is convicted at that trial and if the conviction is upheld by the highest court, then Italy could seek her extradition."
Of course, Knox's lawyers are prepared to fight that request in order to keep Knox in the U.S. while she served her sentence.
"We are still convinced that [Knox and her former boyfriend] are the co-authors of Meredith's homicide," prosecutor Giovanni Galati told Italian news agency ANSA before heading into the courthouse.
"This is what we wanted," Kercher's family attorney Francesco Maresca told the press after learning of the retrial.