Commentary: The trial of Amanda Knox, for the murder of room-mate Meredith Kercher, 21, in 2007, in Perugia, Italy, hit the media big-time but the current retrial of Knox and co-accused Raffaele Sollecito has barely made a whisper as the Knox PR machine kicked in, ensuring that reporters gave the story little cover. As this retrial draws to a close a few reports from Italy are filtering through.
Knox has not attended this trial. If she were found guilty it is doubtful she will oblige and hand herself over to the Italian authorities. It is also doubtful that the USA will allow extradition. However the prosecution in Italy has begged the court that if the trial results in guilty verdicts both suspects serve jail sentences of 26-years. Knox could also face an increase in her sentence for slander from three years to six years.
The trial has entered the closing stages but a verdict is not expected until January 30 or later. The closing arguments are lengthy and complicated.
The final word the jury of eight will hear will come from Knox's legal team. Sollecito, who is not currently in the USA, could be in trouble. The prosecution said his passport could be seized or he may face house-arrest.
USA Today reports Tuesday, Kercher was found with more than 40 wounds, including a deep gash in the throat.
The family of British woman Meredith Kercher, 21, have been fighting for justice since 2007 but believe that is yet to be achieved.
Suspect Italian police procedures were damned, which led to the original verdict and sentences being overturned. Knox and Sollecito were "convicted in 2009 and sentenced to 25 years in prison, but that was overturned in 2011 by an appeals court, which set them free."
Support for Knox in the American media has been high. In the UK the family of murdered Meredith have faced each hurdle with dignity.
One person involved in this case was convicted and jailed. Ivory Coast-born Rudy Hermann Guede, was convicted in 2008. He is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence.
A father's view at the mail online: 'It's all been about Knox - not justice for my daughter': Meredith Kercher's father speaks for the first time about her carefree young life, her horrific murder - and his agonising quest for justice.