The View: Amanda Knox
In 2007, everyone around the world knew the name Amanda Knox. The college student was accused of stabbing her roommate to death in Italy. The media frenzy dragged Knox’s name through the mud, and she was imprisoned for four years before being acquitted in 2011. Now Amanda Knox is facing trial once again in Italy, and she talked exclusively to Diane Sawyer for a 20/20 primetime interview, who came on The View to talk about the scoop.
The View: Amanda Knox Retrial
Diane Sawyer talked with Knox, whose new book is called Waiting To Be Heard. The woman has returned to school in Seattle, but still has panic attacks and attempts to avoid the paparazzi.
Knox may have to return to Italy. During the initial trial, Knox does not have to be present in Italy. However, if she is convicted in this new trial, there may be a chance that American authorities have to decide whether to turn her over to Italy.
In America, you cannot be tried twice for the same crime, but apparently Italy has no such double jeopardy provisions.
The View: Is Amanda Knox Guilty?
Amanda Knox was implicated as a wild party girl, and Barbara Walters wondered how those characterizations could have affected the outcome of the case.
Diane Sawyer essentially said that we can all judge Amanda for ourselves during her 20/20 interview, but that she probably is not much different than any other typical American girl.
“This is one interview in my life in which I really want to make sure you come with your own thoughts,” Sawyer said. “People are so polarized about her.”
The View: Amanda Knox Prison
Initially, Knox was sentenced to 26 years, and she served four of those years in an Italian prison before being released. She compared it to being “sealed into a tomb” of her life. She admitted that she contemplated suicide.
At some point, Knox roomed with an American cellmate, and they got to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” with one another each morning.
The View: Amanda Knox Social Media
Knox’s DNA was not found at the crime scene, but someone else’s was, according to Sawyer, who called the Italian justice system “very different.” Her parents routinely traveled to visit their daughter and made many sacrifices to be as near to her as they could.
Diane Sawyer said that Knox suggested people take a look at their online websites and profiles to see how the information there could be used against them.
Amanda Knox tells her story in the book Waiting To Be Heard. Diane Sawyer’s 20/20 interview with Knox airs April 30 on ABC.