“it’s like I’ve just been diagnosed with cancer. There’s nowhere I can go where there’s not this knowledge that I’m this girl who is convicted again. I’m never going to be OK with the idea that somebody can quote some judge’s decision and say I’m a convicted murderer,” Knox told The Guardian newspaper.
“Everyone is telling me to go on with life and it’s going to work itself out, but I don’t know what that means and I don’t know what I can hold on to.,” she adds from her home in Seattle.
Their original 2009 conviction had been overturned in 2011 and the pair was set free. But italian law allowed the court to take a second crack at the case, and they were again found guilty last month, a decision they are now appealing.
Knox has vowed she’ll never willingly go back to Italy but the threat of extradition hangs over her if her appeal is unsuccessful.
I feel so much safer here in the US, where people still believe in me, but when I talked to you about feeling marked – being marked as an exoneree is one thing and being marked as a criminal is another. It hurts. It’s not OK,” she says.