Amanda Knox, the American exchange student convicted a year ago of murdering
her roommate in Italy, has won her appeal and will be free to return to
the U.S. Knox’s roommate was found brutally murdered in November 2007.
The 21-year-old Meredith Kercher had been
raped and had her throat slashed. She also had dozens of other wounds on her
body. Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted of Kercher’s
murder. A man from the Ivory Coast, Rudy Guede, was also convicted and
remains in jail.
An interesting article in The Telegraph lays out the contradictory and
complex evidence that came to light during the trial, conviction and appeal
of Knox. In announcing the overturning of the conviction, the judge said
that the evidence used to convict Knox was not reliable. This included
DNA evidence present at the crime scene that outside experts had also
analyzed for the defense and called insignificant and unreliable.
Knox confessed under questioning by police that she had been in her apartment
the night of Kercher’s murder and had heard her scream, but the
confession was given under extreme distress due to the circumstances of
her friend being murdered. She was also not allowed to have a lawyer present
during her all-night questioning and testified that a police officer had
cuffed her around the head and had told her that she would go to jail
for decades if she did not cooperate. She also only spoke basic Italian
at the time.
Knox is from Seattle and her supporters and family are eagerly anticipating
her return following the ordeal.
Source: The Telegraph, “Amanda Knox: Guilty or innocent, five reasons why,” Nick Squires, Oct. 3, 2011