Italian High Court Annuls Amanda Knox's Murder Conviction

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Italy's highest court has overturned the murder convictions of Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in the 2007 death of Meredith Kercher. This latest acquittal appears to mean that the case is truly over after eight years in court. Both Knox and Sollecito have already spent four years in jail.

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Knox and Sollecito were first tried in 2009 and found guilty, then acquitted in 2011. But the acquittal was overturned in 2013 and both were found guilty, sentenced to 28 and 25 years in prison respectively. Knox, now 27, refused to return to Italy for this latest trial. If convicted, she could have been extradited to Italy to serve her original 28 year sentence.

Knox is living in Seattle and is engaged to marry musician Colin Sutherland. Sollecito attended the trial with his family and new girlfriend. The Kercher family attorney told the BBC this week that they hoped this would bring an end to the legal wrangling: "They hope that this will be the final stage of this judicial process and they will at last... be able to remember Meredith outside of the court room [process]."

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lindseyj-romain
lindseyj.romain

Did anyone else read her book? I agree that this entire case was handled terribly, but I got the weirdest vibes from her. Her general sort of creepy detachment from everything that wasn't working and making money really skeeved me (also her total lack of interest in anything besides Harry Potter?), and even though I don't think she killed Meredith, I do think there's something... off about the whole situation. I wish I could put my finger on why her perspective disturbed me so much – I read the book wanting to like her/believe her, but I finsihed it thinking "hmmm, I don't much care for her."