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Amanda Knox: heading for extradition fight?

Updated Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 | 12:15 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — From Roman Polanski to Edward Snowden and Manuel Noriega, the famous and the infamous have been caught up over the years in the legal process called extradition. That determines whether one country will turn over fugitives from justice to another country.

It may eventually be the turn of Amanda Knox. Her murder conviction in the stabbing of her roommate has been reinstated by an Italian court, raising the specter of a long extradition fight. She says she'll never willingly return to Italy.

Knox's case is special because it raises the question of whether the U.S. government would send one of its own citizens to a foreign country to face a decadeslong prison term. It's been done before, though in less high-profile cases involving the governments of Canada, Mexico and others.