News 06.19.13

Italian High Court Condemns Amanda Knox Acquittal

In October 2011, Amanda Knox’ murder conviction of the 2007 murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy was overturned on appeal, and she was released from prison. In March, that decision was overturned by the Court of Cassation, and yesterday Italy’s high court issued its written reasoning for doing so.

 

The critique faulted the appeals court and said its ruling was full of “deficiencies, contradictions and illogical” conclusions, reported the Associated Press. The 74-page document also blamed the judges for ignoring some evidence, considering other evidence insufficiently and undervaluing the fact that Knox had initially accused a man of committing the crime who had nothing to do with it.

 

Kercher’s body was found in her bedroom of the house she shared with Knox. Knox, now 25, and her Italian ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 29, were convicted of the crime despite the fact that the murder weapon was never found and the prosecution never suggested a motive. Knox and Sollecito maintained their innocence and have said they were not home at the time the crime was committed.

 

In a separate trial, Rudy Guede was convicted of Kercher’s murder and is serving a 16-year sentence.

 

Knox, who is now a student at the University of Washington, is confident she will be exonerated in the new appeals. No date for a retrial has been set and Italian law cannot force Knox to return.

 

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