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December 5, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Amanda Knox hires super-lawyer for book deal

Amanda Knox, sequestered since her return from four years in an Italian prison, has hired Washington D.C. super-lawyer Robert Barnett to represent her in a book deal and “other opportunities,” her family’s spokesman said today.

Barnett has represented everyone from Barack Obama to Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto, and now will help Knox negotiate with “various book publishers who expressed interest in Amanda writing a book,” spokesman David Marriott wrote in an email, without elaborating.

A book deal is widely expected because Knox, a former University of Washington student, was a prolific writer before and after her 2007 conviction for murdering British roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy. Knox wrote so much in prison that her step-father injured his back carrying out boxes of her work, according to family friends. Book industry speculation put Knox’s potential advance into the low seven figures.

Knox has been occasionally spotted around Seattle since October, including walking near an Occupy Seattle protest and arm-in-arm with another UW student in the International District. She was spotted by a Seattle Times reporter dining in Sodo on the recent election night, but has not talked with the media aside from a brief press conference upon landing at SeaTac.

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