Nearly four years after she was first arrested on suspicion of murder, an Italian appeals court has overturned Amanda Knox’s murder conviction and order her released. Her co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito’s conviction was also overturned:
Both were expected to be freed after being returned to prison to collect their belongings.
Earlier Monday, a tearful Knox told the jury that she did not kill her British roommate, pleading for the court to free her so she can return to the United States after four years behind bars.
Knox frequently paused for breath and fought back tears as she spoke in Italian to the eight members of the jury in a packed courtroom, but managed to maintain her composure during the 10-minute address.
“I’m not a promiscuous vamp. I’m not violent … I have not killed, I have not raped, I was not there, I was not present,” the 24-year-old American told a packed courtroom in Perugia.
“I want to go home, I want to go back to my life, I do not want to be punished and to have my life taken away from me for something I have not done, because I am innocent.”
The eight-member jury weighed whether the 2009 convictions and prison sentences — 26 years for Knox, 25 years for Sollecito — should stand, be dismissed or altered.
I’m not sure what to say here, I haven’t followed the Knox case closely, but from what little I have read two things seem clear: the Italian p0lice hopelessly botched their investigation into the murder Meredith Kercher and the tabloid media held what amounts to a virtual public lynching of Ms. Knox… Something that is becoming far to common both here and abroad.