The Palm Beach County Bar Association recently held a luncheon featuring Amanda Knox, one of the most internationally-recognized figures from the world of trial law.
A Seattle native, Knox made international headlines as a foreign exchange student in 2007 for being accused of her roommate Meredith Kercher’s murder in Perugia, Italy. The case turned into a worldwide media frenzy, portraying her as the villain before the Italian Supreme Court acquitted her in 2015.
Bar president John Whittles, of Mathison Whittles, LLP, interviewed Knox on a variety of topics, including the impact of the trial on her family.
Nearly 300 people attended the April luncheon held at the Embassy Suites in West Palm Beach, which kicked off Law Week, held the first week of May each year.
“Amanda Knox’s story is fascinating, but in addition to the legal fundamentals, the impact this process had on her and her family as human beings was significant,” Whittles said.
At times, Knox broke into tears, especially when talking about her loved ones. “What happened to me was just as traumatic as what happened to my family,” Knox said. “I had never seen my dad cry before.”
These days, Knox is a writer and a journalist.
“I feel a lot less alone when I’m communicating what I understand,” Knox said.