As predicted in my post last October about Amanda Knox and her potential to earn millions from all those bleeding heart liberals who are keen to learn of her plight after spending (rightfully) almost four years in an Italian prison, it seems my predictions of untold riches was spot on.
Sociopath Knox, has hired herself a lawyer, and not just any lawyer, but the same one who handled Tony Blair’s memoirs, to help her land a lucrative book deal. The convicted murderess, who had her conviction overturned due to a Italian legal technicality, was already writing her memoirs whilst incarcerated. She is expected to be paid well over a $1million for her story. Nice work if you can get it.
Washington DC-based Robert Barnett will represent her in talks with publishers. He purportedly helped broker book deals for US Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W Bush, as well as Tony Blair.
Knox served four years of a 26-year sentence, and since her release she has not granted any interviews, helping to preserve the value of an eventual book deal.
Knox’s parents reportedly spent huge sums of money on lawyers and publicists, as well as travel and living costs, during the fight to free their daughter. So they are obviously keen to recoup their losses. The parents themselves are also being prosecuted in Italy after they were indicted on charges of criminal slander as a result of an interview published by The Sunday Times in 2009, in which they said their daughter “had not been given an interpreter, had not received food and water, and had been physically and verbally abused” by police officers after her arrest. They sought to have the charges dismissed on the grounds that there was no intent. Knox’s parents’ trial was adjourned until 24 January 2012, so the extra bit of cash should come in handy to cover their own legal fees.
Earlier this year a film was made about the murder case, with actress Hayden Panettiere playing Knox. Lord only knows how much she’s made from that deal.
Although Knox was cleared of murder, she was found guilty of defaming bar owner Patrick Lumumba, whom she accused of Ms Kercher’s death. The prosecutors office in Perugia is also allegedly preparing papers for re-trial, as the defense only challenged the DNA evidence, irrespective of all the other evidence that pointed toward her and her boyfriend accomplice. If the prosecution is granted a new trial, it is highly doubtful that Knox will actually stand trial as she is sure to use her new found wealth to fight extradition back to Italy.
So it seems that crime certainly does pay!