Theodore Simon, the Philadelphia attorney who was instrumental in securing Amanda Knox’s freedom, says his client is doing “remarkably well.”
“I spent several hours ... with Amanda in D.C.,” he said. “Amanda is thoughtful and articulate. She is studying creative writing at the University of Washington and plans on pursuing a career in publishing.”
Knox was convicted in 2009 of murdering Meredith Kercher in Italy and served four years in prison. She was later acquitted in October 2011; however, that decision was also overturned in March, and the case has been sent back to an Italian court for reconsideration.
The favorable report produced by Simon’s DNA expert had contributed to the reopening of Knox’s conviction, Simon said.
“Fortunately, I secured the world’s greatest DNA expert, the scientist who formed the DNA lab for the FBI, as our expert,” said Simon, who worked in conjunction with Knox’s Italian lawyers. “He found that the knife, which was a key piece of trial evidence, did not contain blood. Therefore, it could not have been the murder weapon."
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One cannot preferentially remove blood and leave DNA, Simon explained.
While the Italian courts have reopened the case again, Simon stressed that under Italian law, Knox is not required to attend the next hearing, and that the issues being discussed do not implicate her.
Simon is not worried that his client will be found guilty in the upcoming proceedings.
“There is no evidence, was no evidence, nor will there ever be any evidence linking her to the murder,” said Simon.
Other famous clients
Amanda Knox is not Simon’s first famous, or infamous, client. He has previously represented French "Spider-Man" Alain Robert, murderer Ira Einhorn while he was fighting his extradition from France to Philadelphia, boxing promoter Don King, former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham.
Simon, who has successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, describes his practice as “white collar, blue collar and no collar.”
“It is a gift to be a lawyer, providing care and assistance to people at the worst time in their lives when they are facing the loss of liberty or seeking compensation as a redress for a wrong," he said.