Amanda Knox Cleared of Final Remaining Bogus Charge: ‘Slandering Italian Police Officers and Prosecutor’

Ollie Gillman reports: Amanda Knox has been cleared of slandering police officers and a prosecutor in Italy.

Knox, who was cleared last year of murdering British student Meredith Kercher, was charged with slandering police in Perugia by claiming they interviewed her under duress.

The 28-year-old, who shared a student house with Miss Kercher when she was killed, said she was yelled at, slapped and threatened by police.

A judge in Florence threw the case out on Thursday after ruling that her comments were not slanderous.

Italian media said lawyers for Knox, who returned to the U.S. after her successful appeal and is now working as a journalist in Seattle, said she was ‘very happy with the acquittal’.

If she had been found guilty she would have had to pay each of the seven officials 15,000 euros ($16,300).

Knox was charged with slandering the officers back in 2011, when she was being questioned on charges of separately slandering Congolese bar owner Patrick Lumumba.

He spent two weeks in jail in 2007 after Knox accused him of murdering Miss Kercher, which was found to be untrue.

Her conviction for slandering Mr Lumumba is the only one that still stands against her name, with today’s hearing the last in her lengthy and highly documented legal tussle with Italian prosecutors. Read the rest of this entry »


BREAKING: ITALIAN COURT RULES NOT GUILTY, AMANDA KNOX ACQUITTED

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Amanda Knox’s conviction overturned by Italian court. She will not be sent back to prison

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Italy’s top court orders acquittal of Amanda Knox in Meredith Kercher murder case

ROME — Italy’s highest court overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Friday, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated people on both sides of the Atlantic.

‘‘Finished!’’ Knox’s lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova exulted after the decision was read out. ‘‘It couldn’t be better than this.’’

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The decision by the supreme Court of Cassation is the final ruling in the case, ending the long legal battle waged by Knox and Italian co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito. Both Knox, who was awaiting the verdict in her hometown of Seattle, and Sollecito have long maintained their innocence in the death of British student Meredith Kercher.

The supreme Court of Cassation overturned last year’s convictions by a Florence appeals court, and declined to order another trial. The decision means the judges, after thoroughly examining the case, concluded that a conviction could not be supported by the evidence.

Their reasoning will be released within 90 days.

The case has aroused strong interest in three countries for its explosive mix of young love, murder and flip-flop decisions by Italian courts…(read more)

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TIME reports: The Italian Supreme Court overturned Amanda Knox’s conviction Friday for the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher.

Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted as co-conspirators in Kercher’s murder in the apartment they shared as exchange students in Perugia in 2009. But that conviction was overturned in 2011 and in 2014, after prosecutors argued that evidence had been omitted in the appeal, the original guilty verdict was reinstated.

But Italy’s Supreme Court ruled Friday afternoon to finally acquit the American of the long-hanging charges over her. She had faced extradition to Italy if the conviction had been upheld. Read the rest of this entry »


The Italian judicial system, Amanda Knox, Rafael Solecitto, and Rudy Guede

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Ace is among the few notable bloggers who’s read not just the news reports on the Knox trials, but has devoured books and court documents about it, including the Hellman-Zanetti Report (the official report of the court of appeals that freed Knox and Solecitto) Here’s some highlights of Ace’s commentary after yesterday’s verdict:

…However, Rafael Solecitto — every bit as innocent — is an Italian citizen, and they’re determined to jail Amanda Knox, but they can’t, so they’ll jail the guy no one cares about, Rafael.

[I have (but haven’t read yet) the ebook edition of Knox’s book Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir, you can get it at Amazon]

The Italian judicial system has a quirk unlike ours. When a trial court pronounces you culpable, you’re not actually convicted of the crime — not yet. The actual conviction only occurs when a court, sitting in review, confirms the conviction…

Thus, Rafael is in this odd twilight, again, where he stands to be convicted of murder, and yet is not actually convicted of murderer, while the actual murderer, a drifter and repeat burglar named Rudy Guede, whose DNA was found all over the crime scene (and yet none of Rafael’s or Amanda’s– the prosecutors wisely explained that they had cleaned the crime scene of their own DNA, while managing to leave behind a great deal of Guede’s; the prosecutors have never explained what type of bleach could permit this selective removal of genetic material), remains in jail, but with a reduced sentence in exchange for implicating Knox and Solecitto, because all he did was burglarize, sexually violate, and then slaughter Meredith Kercher, whereas Rafael Solecitto and especially Amanda Knox provided the inspiration and stage direction for this crime, even though they weren’t even there, but who cares, it’s Italy, and she’s a Foreign Whore, and Foreign Whores must pay…

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