February 16th, 2011
11:39 PM ET

Amanda Knox parents' libel case 'feels personal,' mother says

CNN Wire Staff

Seattle (CNN) - A libel case against the parents of Amanda Knox "feels very personal," the mother of the American student convicted of murder in Italy told CNN.

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"I wouldn't say the Italian justice system (is after us.) I would say a few people in Perugia, definitely," Edda Mellas said, referring to the central Italian city where Knox was tried for the 2007 killing of her British roommate Meredith Kercher.

She cited a radio commentator who suggested the authorities' attitude seemed to be: "Maybe if we keep at them they'll go away or go bankrupt or whatever.

"But it's not stopping us," she said.

"It's all about truth and justice and we have done nothing wrong," she said.

"Amanda's allowed to tell her story and she's been saying it hundreds of times since she was arrested," Mellas said. "When we get asked, 'What did Amanda tell you?', we tell the truth: Here's what Amanda said. And that's why we're being charged."

Mellas and her ex-husband, Curt Knox, were indicted Tuesday on charges of libeling police in Perugia, she and the family's Italian attorney said.

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  1. R Stevens

    I will boycott any media outlet that accepts any submission of Nir Rosen ever in the future. I've heard idiots before, but this guy takes the cake. What is almost upsetting, is some of your guests that make excuses for him. I'm sure they'd find excuses for child molesters as well, what rock do you find these people under?

    February 17, 2011 at 1:21 am |
  2. james baird

    The current lack of objectivity being applied to this issue is not worthy of CNN news reporting (Ref Anderson Cooper's show). At the moment the issue is being treated as 'a poor American girl being wronged by foreigners'. Never mind the facts – that she consistently lied and made false accusations against others during her trial.... Some balance please.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  3. meg

    I am so disgusted with the Italian "justice" system. I have studied this case and the evidence extensively. My daughter wanted to study abroad for a semester in Italy and I refuse to allow the support of any Country with such a ridiculous clown court. They have ruined this families life with no credible evidence. I will not support anything Italian until Amanda Knox is freed. I will not buy as much as a can of Spaghetti O's until this wrong is righted. In a Country where the Prime minister is allowed to keep a gaggle of teenagers prostitutes without accountability yet they insist on persecuting not only Amanda but now her parent. Shame on you Italy!

    February 16, 2011 at 11:05 pm |