Amanda Knox Breaks Down in Tears, This Time Tears of Joy and Relief.
In tears Amanda Knox pleaded with the Italian court to return her to her home in the US after she professed her innocence of the 2007 crime of murdering her British roommate. She had been imprisoned for four years and this was the last day of the appeals trial. Moments after she finished her ten minute address to the court, they left for deliberations whose verdict eventually did arrive. Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were declared innocent of the sexual assault and murder of UK citizen Meredith Kercher according to up-to-date news reports.
During her last statements pleading for herself, Knox said, "I've lost a friend in the worst, most brutal, most inexplicable way possible," she said then added, "I'm paying for my life for things I didn't do."
Amanda has been in Italy and not been home since being put through the ordeal of two sensational courtroom trials. In the first she and co-defendent, Raffaele Sollecito were tried and convicted in 2009 of the sexual assault and murder of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher,a British student who was studying in Perguia, Italy and living with Knox. Kercher was found stabbed to death in a pool of blood and covered by a duvet. Knox received 25 years in prison and Sollecito received 25 years. Also charged in a separate proceeding was an Ivorian, Rudy Hermann Guede, who along with 24-year-old Knox and Sollecito deny their responsibility in the sexual assault and murder.
In the second trial, the appeal, Knox and Sollecito's positions had improved because a court ordered independent review cast serious doubts over the main DNA evidence linking Knox and Sollecito to the crime. (New Zealand Herald online.)Two experts found that police conducting the investigation had made irresponsible "errors in evidence-collecting and that below-standard testing and possible contamination raised doubts over the attribution of DNA traces, both on the blade and on the bra clasp, which was collected from the crime scene," 46 days AFTER the murder. (New Zeland Herald) Since no concrete and verifiable motive had emerged in the case, neither the trial nor the appeal beyond the prosecution's fantastic embellishments (see Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi ) and the witness testimonies were contradictory, the independent review appeared to be the lynchpin in closing the lid on the prosecution's insistence that Knox was not the innocent she portrayed herself to be.Continued on the next page