Amanda Knox Retrial Update: "Foxy Knoxy's" Case Tests Seattle And Perugia’s Bond; Cities Sisters No More?
By Staff Writer | March 16, 2014 09:54 AM EDT
The Amanda Knox's retrial has gone beyond the courtroom and into the arena of politics as "Foxy Knoxy's" conviction reportedly strained the sister city bond between Seattle and Perugia in Italy.
Ron Judd wrote of Seattle Times that the 2007 arrest of Amanda Knox, her acquittal and then her 28 year and ½ sentence after she was found guilty in retrial has been a "bad timing" considering that both sister cities were planning to unveil "Sister Orca," a sculpture by artist Marvin Oliver, in Perugia park.
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The sculpture was to be spearheaded by the Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association, he added.
Former president of the association, Mike James, told Seattle Times that the job in the middle of the Amanda Knox retrial controversy entailed "more than just juggling friendships."
"It was trying to keep the friendship going - separating the trial from the friendship," he said.
Another casualty that will further strain Seattle and Perugia sisterhood is the decision of Mayor Mike McGinn to change the name of a new city pocket park near Capitol Hill. Right before the guilty verdict, it was supposed to be Perugia Park, now it will be named "Summit Slope Park" instead, the publication reported.
The Epoch Times reported that one of the areas the Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association worked on was to diffuse the tension between the two cities and providing assistance to the family of Amanda Knox during their stay in Italy during the retrial.
The guilty verdict handed down to Amanda Knox during the retrial for the murder of Meredith Kercher in 2007 was upheld by the Italy's Supreme Court. Meredith Kercher was found with 40 stab wounds and her throat slit in the flat she shared with Amanda Knox.
Amanda Knox, however, is still staying in Seattle awaiting presumably the extradition process to be filed by the Italian embassy. To date, no papers were filed requesting her extradition.
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