While everyone thought the drama surrounding Amanda Knox’s Italian murder trial had come to an end after her conviction was reversed, a ruling Tuesday reignited it. Italy’s Supreme Court has deemed Knox will stand trial again for the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher.
If she’s found guilty in the new trial, and the verdict is upheld by the Supreme Court, Italy could request that Knox be extradited to face her punishment. While she does not intend to return to Italy for the trial, an extradition request could leave her with no choice but to go.
Bruce Zagaris, a lawyer who specializes in extradition cases, tells ABC News the United States’ existing treaty with Italy allows for extraditing citizens. “The Senate has already ratified that treaty and decided that Italy is a country with which we ought to have a treaty. They wouldn’t have ratified if they didn’t think the Italian process was fair and due process was sufficient,” he says. While she could fight extradition, Zagaris believes “it will be an uphill battle.”
International law professor Christopher L. Blakesley believes that while fighting extradition would be hard, it’s not impossible. “There’s room to fight extradition,” he says, “and double jeopardy is the spot to fight on.” The double jeopardy clause of the Constitution says that you cannot be tried a second time for the same charges, after being acquitted or convicted of them prior.