Knox judge steps down in Panettiere film battle

Panettiere plays the title role in Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy, which focuses on the American student who was convicted of the 2007 murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher.

The movie aired on U.S. network Lifetime in February (11), despite protests from Knox’s lawyers, who are continuing their fight to have the show banned from the airwaves in Italy, where Knox is currently appealing against her 26-year murder sentence.

On Monday (04Jul11), Knox appeared at Perugia’s civil court in Italy for the second hearing in the case, in which her attorneys are also demanding millions of dollars in damages and for clips from the movie to be removed from the internet.

Monday’s hearing was immediately adjourned as judge Paolo Micheli, who originally indicted Knox back in 2008, stepped down after defence lawyers cited his previous involvement in her murder trial as a conflict.

The case will go back to court before a different judge on 24 January (12).