Amanda Knox Update: Slander, Art, Moore Firing and Scholarship

Amanda Knox Meredith Kercher
Amanda Knox/Meredith Kercher

Amanda Knox, the American student convicted of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in Perugia, Italy, continues to be a lightening rod for the news wire.

Today, Ms. Knox was indicted for slander as a result of her claims that the Italian police hit her on the back of the head during questioning. In court she broke into tears, stating that she simply thought she was describing what had happened as part of her right to defend herself. She will now go to trial for this new charge in May 2011. Ms. Knox’s appeal of the murder conviction is scheduled to begin on November 24th, 2010.

The Knox family recently allowed the release of some images of Amanda’s prison artwork. British tabloids have claimed that her art indicates a “dark side” to Ms. Knox, prompting a swift response from her family’s PR team.  Here is a report:

I recently wrote about Steve Moore, the ex-FBI agent who was interviewed by several media outlets about his insistence that Ms. Knox is innocent.  Mr. Moore was recently fired by his employer, Pepperdine University, allegedly for refusing to sign a document agreeing to not speak publicly about the Knox/Kercher case. I understand that Mr. Moore is pursuing legal action.

Finally, let us not forget Meredith Kercher.  She was a study abroad student (as well as daughter, sister) from Leeds University in England who came to Italy to study Italian language.  The city of Perugia and the University for Foreigners announced this past week that a scholarship will be set up in her name. Mayor Wladimiro Boccali announced that ”Meredith Kercher was here, our guest, to study and we want to remember her as a young student.  I think Meredith should be considered one of us and, as such, she should find a place in the city’s shared memory, with a thought also for her devastated family. Perugia wants a tangible sign to remain from her coming here,” he added in announcing the new scholarship.

I will repeat again that it is not my position as an international educator, to share my personal opinion about whether or not Ms. Knox is guilty or not.  I report on this case because both Ms. Knox and Ms. Kercher were study abroad students.