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Amanda Knox Freed From Italian Prison, Exonerated On All But One Charge
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Amanda Knox Freed From Italian Prison, Exonerated on All But One Charge

American college student, Amanda Knox was freed from an Italian prison after the jury found her innocent on a number of charges, including sexual assault, robbery and murder. Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito had both stood accused of the bloody murder of Knox’s British born roommate, Meredith Kercher. The pair were reportedly at Sollectio’s home when they returned to find Kercher’s naked body, dead on the floor.

From the start, both Knox and Sollecito had maintained their innocence but were both convicted of the crimes and sentenced to serious prison time, 26 years for Knox and 25 years for Sollecito. A third man was also arrested and convicted for that crime as well. Initially, Knox accused Patrick Lumumbo, the owner of a club that she occasionally worked in. That man was later found to be innocent of the crime and sued Knox in court for defamation. An Italian court awarded Lumumbo a sum of 40,000 euros ($54,000 USD) for that defamation. During the appeals hearings, she was guilty of a criminal charge of defamation and sentenced to three years in prison. Knox has spent four years already, so she will be released after her final paper work is completed.

Sollecito spoke to the jury first, quietly restating his innocence and asking that they allow him to be free, saying “ I have never hurt anybody”.  Knox spoke afterward, passionately pleading with the jury for her freedom, telling them that she was not what the prosecution had tried to paint her as. Throughout the appeals process, the prosecutors have tried to show Knox as demonic, a wanton woman hell bent on sex and willing to do anything to get her way. Their allegation was that the murder was meant to cover up a sexual assault, that Knox had envisioned a threesome with herself, Sollecito and Kercher.

DNA evidence presented at the case has been described as erroneously gathered and tagged and at times, potentially contaminated. Individual labs disputed the findings that were used in the original trial, including DNA found on the knife used to commit the murder and Kercher’s bra clasp. The third defendant’s DNA was found on a pillow beneath Kercher’s nude body. Prosecutors discredited and disputed the opinion of the outside labs as well as the other experts brought in to testify during both trials, sometimes to the point of arguing with their own experts.

Knox and Sollecito gave conflicting statements on the night of the murder, backtracking a statement they gave to police at the scene. Knox would later say that a language issue created the confusion.

Deanna Knox, Amanda’s sister thanked her attorney as well as others for their faith in her. Amanda herself became hysterical during the reading of the jury’s verdict and had to be helped from the courtroom by two people. The victim’s family expressed disbelief and outrage, some of them shouting at Knox and her family when they left. After some final paperwork, Knox will be leaving for Seattle.


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