The federal government shutdown is throwing a wrench into a briefing on the Amanda Knox case that was supposed to take place at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
Sen. Maria Cantwell and Rep. Adam Smith planned to host the briefing to raise awareness about what's happening in Italy, according to Cantwell’s Communications Director Jared Leopold.
Knox’s third trial got underway in Florence on Monday. Knox was convicted in 2009 of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, but an appeals court overturned the conviction in 2011. But that didn’t end it. Earlier this year the Italian Supreme Court reversed the acquittal and ordered a second appeals court to review the case.
Italian law allows prosecutors to appeal acquittals, something that is unconstitutional in the United States because it is considered “double jeopardy.”
Retired King County Judge Mike Heavey organized the briefing in to shine a light on what he calls a classic case of wrongful conviction.
“It is so unfair that for the rest of her life, some people think she might have been involved in the horrific murder of her beautiful roommate,” Heavey said.
The other speakers who were scheduled to join Heavey included:
Steve Moore, a retired FBI Supervisory Agent who believes the evidence is deeply flawed and Knox’s confession was a classic case of coercion.
Former FBI Special Agent & Criminal Profiler John Douglas, who says Knox does not fit the profile of a killer.
Heavey said he hopes the briefing will be rescheduled for later in October.