Amanda Knox hires DC lawyer to broker possible book deal

Amanda Knox motions as she describes flying home during a news conference shortly after her arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, in Seattle. Knox was freed Monday after an Italian appeals court threw out her murder conviction for the death of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher.
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Amanda Knox
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(CBS/AP) SEATTLE - Amanda Knox says she's hired a Washington, D.C., lawyer to help her land a book deal after an Italian court cleared her and her ex-boyfriend in the killing of her British roommate Meredith Kercher.

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Knox family spokesman Dave Marriott says Robert Barnett will represent Knox in discussions with publishers and help her evaluate other opportunities.

Barnett has represented the literary interests of a number of high profile people, including U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Knox isn't the only one getting into the literary game. Knox's deal comes about a week after her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, negotiated his own deal with Seattle-based Martin Literary Management, CBS Seattle reports. 

Both Knox and Sollecito were cleared of Kercher's death in October. Shortly after her release, Knox returned to her hometown of Seattle.

The 24-year-old had been in custody since 2007 and experts have suggested she could score a seven-figure book deal. She hasn't granted any interviews since her release.

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