Amanda Knox is back in the headlines again as she has come out in support of a woman found guilty of driving her boyfriend to suicide.
Knox, who was convicted of the 2007 murder of her roommate in Italy but was later exonerated when the conviction was overturned, wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times claiming Michelle Carter was “wrongfully convicted” of the death of her boyfriend, who she repeatedly told to kill himself, gave him research on possible methods, pressured him to go through with it when he appeared to have second thoughts.
Conrad Roy died at the age of 18 of carbon monoxide poisoning, and his death was ruled a suicide.
Carter was sentenced on Thursday to two years in prison after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
“Carter may not be innocent in a moral or philosophical sense, but she was wrongfully convicted,” Knox wrote. She also compared Carter’s trial to her own highly-publicized murder trial in Italy.
“When I was on trial for murder in Italy, the media tried to paint me as a ‘femme fatale,'” Knox wrote. “So it was with a sickening sense of déjà vu that I watched the prosecution attempt the same trick with (Michelle) Carter.”
Knox said in her op-ed that the boyfriend, Conrad Roy, bears responsibility for his choices, while acknowledging that Carter was wrong to encourage him.
“The suicide is his own victim, his own murderer,” she wrote. “We naturally want to blame someone for the murder, but we’re reluctant to further condemn the victim. The emotional paradox makes it hard for us to find closure. But with Roy’s suicide, we have, in the person of Carter, another party to hold responsible.”
Carter, who was 17 at the time of Roy’s suicide, faced a possible sentence of up to 20 years.
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