The highest court in Italy, the Supreme Court of Cassation, has officially overturned the murder conviction against both Amanda Knox, 27, and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito for the 2007 murder of Knox’s then roommate, Meredith Kirchner, 21. Knox, from Seattle, Washington and Sollecito, from Italy, were both acquitted in 2011 on appeal. Knox returned to the United States after the appeal. In 2013, the pair were retried and the acquittals were overturned. Knox was then sentenced to 28 years in prison and Sollecito was sentenced to 25.
Knox told the NPR in an interview in 2013 that the Supreme Court’s ruling was hanging over her and she stated, "It’s this horrendous thing that just never ends. I do not think that I will be convicted because there just simply is not that evidence. I just simply did not do it. I feel like I'm having to prove my innocence as opposed to have the prosecution prove my guilt." This case has had many changes going from one direction to another since it began in 2007 after Kirchener’s murder.
This ruling handed down today will be the final ruling in the case and will end the extensive legal battle that has ensued for several years. Knox and Sollecito have maintained their innocence since day one. Knox was waiting for the verdict in her hometown of Seattle while Sollecito was in Italy during the court proceedings after releasing his passport to the courts weeks ago.
During the initial trial, the evidence showed that none of the blood, DNA or witnesses pointed to Knox or Sollecito. Another man, Rudy Guede, was extradited back to Italy from Germany and was officially charged and convicted for the murder and is currently serving a 16 year prison sentence.
A representative for the Knox family, David Marriott, told Reuters that the verdict was unexpected. He stated, "I personally feel overjoyed that the truth won out, that she is innocent.” Knox’s attorney, Carlo Della Vedova, was outside of the courthouse and stated, "It’s a victory of justice. This was a mistake from the beginning."
The Supreme Court of Cassation has ruled that they will not order another trial. This ruling means that the judges have concluded that a conviction could absolutely not be found through the evidence presented to the courts. They have not just overturned the convictions but they have completely annulled them and declined to order another trial in the case. Their reasoning for the decision will be officially released within 90 days. #Police #Society