Amanda Knox Verdict: Not Guilty, Murder Conviction Overturned!

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Amanda Knox learned her fate at last as the verdict in her high-profile appeal of a murder conviction was read aloud in an Italian courtroom this evening.

It was overturned. The jury found her not guilty of murder, but guilty of defamation. She was ordered to be set free immediately after her acquittal.

Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, also cleared today, were sentenced to 25 and 26 years in prison following their 2009 convictions.

The 24-year-old student tearfully denied brutally killing roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, 2007, pleading for freedom earlier Monday.

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"I am not what they say I am. I did not kill. I did not rape. I did not steal," Amanda Knox said this morning, her voice trembling with emotion.

It was the most important speech of her life. It showed, and it worked.

"People always ask me, 'who is Amanda Knox?' I am the same person that I was four years ago, exactly the same person," she continued.

"The only thing that now separates me from four years ago is my suffering."

Knox and her family, present in Perugia, Italy, for the verdict, have always claimed that Amanda's imprisonment was a monumental judicial mistake.

Prosecutors, in turn, have depicted Knox as a manipulative liar, and were seeking to increase her sentence to life in prison. Instead, she's free.

The jury was made up of the presiding judge, a side judge and six jurors, five of them women, and had several options regarding deliberations.

They could acquit both defendants and set them free, which they did. They also could have upheld the conviction, but changed the sentence.

Over the course of the trial, the defendants’ appeal had significantly improved, mainly because a court-ordered independent review cast serious doubts over the main DNA evidence linking the two to the crime.

Prosecutors maintain that Knox’s DNA was found on the handle of a kitchen knife thought to have killed Kercher, whose DNA was on the blade.

They also said Sollecito’s DNA was on the clasp of Kercher’s bra as part of a mix of evidence that included the murder victim’s genetic profile.

But the independent review - ordered at the request of the defense, which had always disputed those findings - reached a different conclusion.

The two experts found that police conducting the investigation had made glaring errors in evidence-collecting and that below-standard testing and possible contamination raised doubts over the attribution of DNA traces.

In the end, a jury agreed. Unlike the Casey Anthony case, however, it appears that, at least to a degree, evidence helped clear Knox rather than simply being absent to the degree that she couldn't be convicted. What do you think? Was justice served?

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October 5, 2011 at 4:37 am Hi, this is a conmemt.To delete a conmemt, just log in and view the post's conmemts. There you will have the option to edit or delete them.

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Knox and Sollecito are completely innocent and there is nothing wrong with their testimony. There's been a ton of disinformation promulgated by British and Italian tabloids and fueled by the corrupt Italian prosecutor, Mignini, who used his own lurid sex fantasy in place of evidence. Knox was the target of a witch hunt straight out of the Middle Ages. Kudos to the appeals court judge, Hellman, who had the courage to stand up to Mignini and release these two obviously innocent people. Now and then in this world, courage triumphs over ignorance and corruption. It's a joy to see.

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*Sandy~Be careful who You Admire...Life is to Short....it was for Meredith Kercher.

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No matter what she did I like her

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Very Sad Verdict!! My Heart and Prayers are with Meredith Kerchers Family and Friends.

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just another casey anthony verdict.

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Amanda, congratulation on the "overturned verdict" I hope you are able to get on with your life and that people allow you. I don't know what your plans are but, I'm sure the first night in your own bedroom will be an emotional one, good luck and God bless you richly, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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I've followed this case from day one & it was extremely sloppy work. I'm so glad she is free. It's the outcome it should have been 4yrs ago. I'm happy for her family and glad she finally gets to come home. What a mess the police made of this girl's life, ran her through the mud. I feel horrible for Meredith & her family, but putting an innocent girl in jail was NOT justice. When I heard the verdict this morning I was in tears.

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I WONDER IF HER GOOD LOOKS, HAD ANYTHING TO DO, WITH THE FINAL VERDICT. I.E. CASEY ANTHONY.

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And the very same thing happens in US courtrooms all the time. So quit thinking all we're doing is dissing the Italian courts here.

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