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Originally published September 27, 2011 at 8:33 PM | Page modified September 28, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Knox unfairly portrayed, lawyer tells court

A defense lawyer told an Italian court Tuesday that Amanda Knox, the former University of Washington student convicted of killing her roommate, isn't a manipulating, sex-obsessed "femme fatale" as her accusers charge, but is rather like Jessica Rabbit — just drawn that way.

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PERUGIA, Italy — A defense lawyer told an Italian court Tuesday that Amanda Knox, the former University of Washington student convicted of killing her roommate, isn't a manipulating, sex-obsessed "femme fatale" as her accusers charge, but is rather like Jessica Rabbit — just drawn that way.

In closing arguments before an appeals court, lawyer Giulia Bongiorno compared Knox to the cartoon character, saying that Knox had been unfairly portrayed over the course of the media-hyped, four-year case. She said the 24-year-old is instead a loving young woman who displayed immaturity and naiveté at the time of the 2007 slaying.

Knox, a Seattle resident, was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith Kercher, a British student in Perugia, and sentenced to 26 years in prison.

Co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito, an Italian who was Knox's boyfriend at the time of the crime, was convicted of the same charges and sentenced to 25 years. Bongiorno is Sollecito's lawyer.

A verdict in the appeals case is expected within a week — possibly as early as Saturday.

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