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Amanda Knox lawyer appeals slander conviction in Italy

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(CBS/AP) SEATTLE - Amanda Knox's Italian lawyer has filed an appeal of her slander conviction in Italy, a Knox family spokesman said Monday.

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In October, an Italian appeals court overturned Knox's murder conviction in the 2007 death of her British roommate. However, the same court upheld Knox's conviction for slander - for falsely accusing bar owner Diya "Patrick" Lumumba of involvement in the murder.

Lumumba was freed from jail after two weeks for lack of evidence.

In regards to the slander conviction, Knox later said she was "manipulated" during her lengthy police interrogation.

Knox family spokesman Dave Marriott confirmed an appeal of the slander conviction was filed Monday. He is unsure when the Italian court might consider it.

Knox is back in Seattle after her murder conviction was overturned. She had been in Italian custody since 2007.

An Italian judge set Knox's sentence for slander at three years which is less than the time she spent in prison, so she was allowed to leave Italy.

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