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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i want to know if amanda's bf Raffaele Sollecito got it up the butt in prison cause he is very cute.

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@fOOLS who the hell reads ET and People. Watched CNN dumbass. Evidence clearly showed she was innocent. Ineptness and a rush to cover their tracks led to the guilty verdict.

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To fools: I did read the original ruling & I believe she should have gone free. If you would have seen the video on evidence was handled maybe you would agree.

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The case about Casey Anthony, and Amanda Knox were different - I know it seems easy to say a murder trial is a murder trial, but they are not all the same. I don't know what to think about Anthony, but Knox got the sentence she deserved - freedom. I think it's time for the media to focus on who actually killed Meredith, since there is a family still waiting justice for their daughter.

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All who think she is innocent need to read the Micheli Report. The official judge's ruling. My heartfelt condolences to Meredith Kercher & her family. At least O.J. has a worthy girlfriend now. So sad you are fooled by E.T. People magazine takes on serious news.

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glad shes free. the entire trial was based off the press and things they found in her apartment with her fingerprints. i'm glad this young girl has her life back. maybe they should focus on finding the real killer in this case and in any other instead of looking for an easy closing

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Well now Casey Anthony will have a roommate! this girl should also hide, another killer is free!

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