Amanda Knox’s long awaited slander trial got under way Tuesday in Perugia, Italy, but little progress was made before a judge ruled the case should be moved to Florence due to a conflict of interest involving the prosecutor, according to Knox spokesman Dave Marriott.
Knox is charged with slander for accusing Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini and Perugian police of physically and verbally abusing her during a lengthy interrogation in 2007. The questioning led to an alleged confession and Knox’s arrest for the murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher.
During the slander hearing, Mignini was involved in prosecuting the case, despite being one of the alleged offended parties, Marriott said. Knox’s defense attorney, Carlo Della Vedova, argued that Mignini’s dual role created a conflict of interest, and the judge agreed.
The judge ordered the case moved to Florence but did not set a date, Marriott said.
Knox’s murder conviction was overturned in October 2011 and she was freed after spending four years in prison. Knox’s Italian ex-boyfriend was also exonerated on the murder charges. The court ruled there was no conclusive evidence of the pair’s involvement in Kercher’s death.
Knox is now living in Seattle where she is keeping a low profile and working on writing her memoir. Publishing House HarperCollins won the fierce bidding war, reportedly paying $4 million for Knox’s story. The book is scheduled for release at the end of April.
Italian Prosecutors have appealed Knox’s acquittal and are seeking to have her conviction reinstated. The Italian Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case in March.