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Originally published Monday, October 20, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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Seattle attorney helps in Amanda Knox case

A Seattle attorney volunteering as a spokeswoman for supporters of Amanda Knox, a University of Washington student jailed in an Italian murder case, said today that Knox has been treated unfairly by the courts and the media.

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A Seattle attorney volunteering as a spokeswoman for supporters of Amanda Knox, a University of Washington student jailed in an Italian murder case, said today that Knox has been treated unfairly by the courts and the media.

Knox, 21, of Seattle, is accused in the November 2007 stabbing death of her house mate in the Italian university town of Perugia. Knox says she's innocent, and her friends and family say she has been mistreated by the Italian legal system.

"At some point there has to be some truth put forward on her behalf," said Anne Bremner, a Seattle trial lawyer.

Bremner said there have been too many leaks in the case, and the tabloid media has been spreading false rumors.

Knox, her former boyfriend and a second man are accused in the death of British student Meredith Kercher.

An Italian court is conducting a fast-track trial for Rudy Hermann Guede, an Ivory Coast native charged in the case. He has acknowledged being in the bedroom where Kercher's body, stabbed in the neck and lying in a pool of blood, was found.

The same court also is hearing arguments on whether Knox and her former boyfriend, Italian student Raffaele Sollecito, should stand trial for the slaying. A ruling is expected by the end of October.

All three have denied wrongdoing.

Bremner said Knox's supporters know there is little they can do to influence the Italian legal system, but want to make sure Knox's portrayal in the courts and media is accurate.

"We have an American citizen going through the Italian justice system and the friends of Amanda want to insure that the process is fair," Bremner said.

"There's been all kinds of leaks in the case from the get-go that contained prejudicial and misleading information about Amanda," Bremner said. "There's never been another side shown about the evidence and how she's been treated."

The group she represents, called "Friends of Amanda," is unhappy with the length of Knox's detention, the legal basis for her detention, and information about the case that has been leaked to the media, Bremner said.

"There may be a need at some point for our government to respond," Bremner said.

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