ROME (AP) – A lawyer says the Perugia magistrate who prosecuted U.S. student Amanda Knox for murder has been convicted in an unrelated case of abusing his office.
A Florence court convicted Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini and an Italian police investigator Friday of abusing their positions during an investigation into the serial murders of young couples in Tuscany from 1968 to 1985.
Defense lawyer Marco Rocchi says Mignini will be able to continue as prosecutor as he appeals the conviction and 16-month suspended sentence. He says Rocchi is innocent of accusations he tried to influence an investigation into the death of a doctor whose body was found in 1985.
Knox was convicted of the 2007 murder of British roommate Meredith Kercher and imprisoned for 26 years.