Kercher lawyer: Knox presence at law panel "inappropriate"

Amanda Knox attends a cocktail for the opening of the Innocence Project conference, in Modena, Italy, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Knox has returned to It...
Amanda Knox, right, and her boyfriend Christopher Robinson attend a cocktail for the opening of the Innocence Project conference, in Modena, Italy, Th...
Amanda Knox holds hands with her fiancee Christopher Robinson as they attend a conference during a Criminal Justice Festival at the University of Mode...
Amanda Knox holds hands with her fiancee Christopher Robinson as they attend a conference during a Criminal Justice Festival at the University of Mode...
Amanda Knox, right, and her boyfriend Christopher Robinson attend a cocktail for the opening of the Innocence Project conference, in Modena, Italy, Th...
Amanda Knox attends a cocktail for the opening of the Innocence Project conference, in Modena, Italy, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Knox has returned to It...
Amanda Knox attends a cocktail for the opening of the Innocence Project conference, in Modena, Italy, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Knox has returned to It...
Amanda Knox, right, and her boyfriend Christopher Robinson, center, talk with a guest as they attend a cocktail for the opening of the Innocence Proje...
Amanda Knox, right, and her boyfriend Christopher Robinson, center, talk with a guest as they attend a cocktail for the opening of the Innocence Proje...
Amanda Knox holds hands with her fiancee Christopher Robinson as they attend a conference during a Criminal Justice Festival at the University of Mode...
Amanda Knox holds hands with her fiancee Christopher Robinson as they attend a conference during a Criminal Justice Festival at the University of Mode...

Amanda Knox attends a cocktail for the opening of the Innocence Project conference, in Modena, Italy, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Knox has returned to It...

Amanda Knox, right, and her boyfriend Christopher Robinson attend a cocktail for the opening of the Innocence Project conference, in Modena, Italy, Th...

Amanda Knox holds hands with her fiancee Christopher Robinson as they attend a conference during a Criminal Justice Festival at the University of Mode...

Amanda Knox holds hands with her fiancee Christopher Robinson as they attend a conference during a Criminal Justice Festival at the University of Mode...

Amanda Knox, right, and her boyfriend Christopher Robinson attend a cocktail for the opening of the Innocence Project conference, in Modena, Italy, Th...

Amanda Knox attends a cocktail for the opening of the Innocence Project conference, in Modena, Italy, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Knox has returned to It...

Amanda Knox attends a cocktail for the opening of the Innocence Project conference, in Modena, Italy, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Knox has returned to It...

Amanda Knox, right, and her boyfriend Christopher Robinson, center, talk with a guest as they attend a cocktail for the opening of the Innocence Proje...

Amanda Knox, right, and her boyfriend Christopher Robinson, center, talk with a guest as they attend a cocktail for the opening of the Innocence Proje...

Amanda Knox holds hands with her fiancee Christopher Robinson as they attend a conference during a Criminal Justice Festival at the University of Mode...

Amanda Knox holds hands with her fiancee Christopher Robinson as they attend a conference during a Criminal Justice Festival at the University of Mode...

ROME (AP) — The lawyer of the family of slain British student Meredith Kercher has described Amanda Knox's invitation to the Italian Criminal Justice Festival as "inappropriate."

Knox, a former American exchange student who became the focus of a sensational murder case, arrived Thursday in Italy for the first time since an appeals court acquitted her in 2011 in the slaying of Kercher, her roommate.

Knox is on a panel discussion Saturday titled "Trial by media" in the northern city of Modena.

Lawyer Francesco Maresca told The Associated Press on Friday that "inviting her to a technical panel on justice was a mistake." He says "lawyers for both parts should have been involved."

Knox's 2011 acquittal was part of a long legal process that saw multiple flip-flop rulings before she was definitively acquitted in 2015 by Italy's highest court.