Amanda Knox lawyer appeals slander conviction

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SEATTLE (AP) — A spokesman for Amanda Knox says her Italian lawyer has filed an appeal of her slander conviction in Italy.

Last October, an Italian appeals court overturned the young Seattle woman’s murder conviction in the 2007 death of her British roommate in Perugia. But the same court upheld her conviction for slander — for falsely accusing bar owner Diya “Patrick” Lumumba of involvement in the slaying. Lumumba was freed after two weeks in prison for lack of evidence.

Knox later said she had been “manipulated” during her lengthy police interrogation.

Knox family spokesman Dave Marriott confirms an appeal of the slander conviction was filed Monday. He doesn’t know when the Italian court might consider it.

Amanda Knox returned to Seattle after her murder conviction was overturned. The former exchange student had been in custody since 2007.