Amanda Knox Appeals Trial Begins in Italy: No More Big Smiles, Kooky T-shirts

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In the three years since her original murder trial/media circus, Amanda Knox's demeanor seems to have changed. Gone, it seems, are the "All You Need Is Love" T-shirts and cute courtroom smiles. As her appeals trial begins tomorrow in Perugia, Italy, her lawyers tell the AP that she's now "broken" and "worn out."

Her legal team has called for a full review of her conviction and they plan on calling new witnesses and questioning old evidence in their bid for the Seattle-woman's freedom (and likely their own worldwide notoriety).

If she loses, however, she could be in for an even longer sentence as prosecutors themselves are also appealing her 26 year sentence, saying she deserves life in prison for the murder (yes, they can do that in Italy).

She's also facing charges from Italian police who say she slandered them when she alleged that they beat her confession out of her in the hours after the crime (something they can also do in Italy).

That murder, for those that forgot, was of British student Meredith Kercher back in 2007. Knox, along with her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and an Ivorian man, Rudy Hermann Guede, were convicted of sexual assault and homicide after prosecutors painted them as drug-crazed sex freaks who got mad enough to kill when Kercher wouldn't play their depraved bedroom games.

Knox and her family have long maintained her innocence, pointing to questionable police tactics in acquiring her "confession" and a atmosphere of preconceived guilt in the Italian press and the court itself.

At the center of her appeal will be the questioning of DNA evidence used in the original trial that her lawyers say was inconclusive and possibly tampered with. They are also expected to argue that there was no motive for Knox's involvement and no "smoking gun" that links her to it.

In Italy, the media's response to Knox was utter vilification as a promiscuous temptress who lured in Kercher with her American charm, only to brutally kill her later. In the States, and especially in Seattle, Knox has been held up often as a hero, a victim of a foreign country's prejudice.

A Capitol Hill park was nearly renamed "Perugia Park" after the case, but the idea was scratched after her conviction.

We'll see if it's brought up again now that her appeal trial has started.

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