Amanda Knox Acquitted, Truth Remains Unkown

Amanda Knox and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito have been acquitted of the murder and rape of her roommate, Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy after an appeal on Monday. Knox collapsed after the verdict was read. She was free to return to the United States after spending almost 4 years in prison.

Both Knox and Sollecito were convicted in 2009 of murdering UK student Kercher, who was from south London, two years before that. Both defendants were cleared by the eight-member jury after issues were raised regarding the procedures used to gather DNA evidence.

The Kercher family expressed confusion at how the original verdict was so “radically turned.” However, they added that they still trusted the Italian justice system and “hope the truth will eventually emerge.”

Despite Knox’s acquittal of all the other charges, the judge still upheld her conviction for slander after she implicated bar owner Patrick Diya Lumumba in the crime. This sentence was for three years, time already served by Knox. [Read more…]