- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Amanda Knox is working as a freelance reporter for the West Seattle Herald as she struggles to return to a normal life nine months after an Italian court convicted her of murder for the second time.

Ms. Knox has been working at the small neighborhood daily for a few months, Web Editor Patrick Robinson told The Daily Beast. She initially started writing under a pen name, but then revealed her real name after she “got her feet wet,” he said.

“We approached her originally to give her the opportunity of a normal life,” Mr. Robinson said. “We simply asked her as we would ask anyone of that age and stage, if they would be interested in writing for us as a qualified writer of that scale and this level of journalism.”

Ms. Knox is covering everything from human interest stories to reviewing local theater, The Daily Beast reported.

Mr. Robinson said there was “some note of caution” in hiring a convicted murderess, but insisted her notoriety is not why the paper hired her.

“It doesn’t matter what people say or think—the truth is that she’s a West Seattle resident, she grew up here,” he told The Daily Beast. “Why not give her the opportunity to be an actual human being versus a celebrity?”

Ms. Knox was found guilty of murder in 2009 and spent four years in prison, along with boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, before a court acquitted them in 2011, The Daily Beast reported. Ms. Knox returned to the U.S., but a court this year upheld the guilty verdict and sentenced them both to more than 25 years. Ms. Knox has not been extradited to Italy as the case is appealed, The Daily Beast reported.

Mr. Robinson said the outcome of the case has “little to nothing” to do with Ms. Knox’s relationship with the Herald.

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