Knox hires lawyer to pursue book deal

Dec. 6, 2011 at 7:35 AM
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The American coed acquitted of killing her British roommate in Italy has hired an attorney to represent her in seeking a book deal, a family spokesman said.

Washington attorney Robert Barnet will represent Amanda Knox of Seattle as she discusses book deals, Knox family spokesman Dave Marriott told ABC News.

Barnet previously brokered book deals for Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Knox, her boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, and a third defendant, Rudy Guede of Ivory Coast, were convicted in the 2007 slaying of her then-roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy. This past October, Knox and Sollecito were acquitted on appeal. Guede is still serving his 16-year prison term.

The Knox family spent more than $1 million on attorneys, travel and living in Perugia to be near their daughter, Marriott said.

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