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Fri Mar 27, 2015, 05:41 PM

BREAKING: AMANDA KNOX and RAFAELE SOLLECITO conviction OVERTURNED by Italian Supreme Court!!!

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Statements-from-Amanda-Knox-her-family-6163972.php

Statements from Amanda Knox, her family
SEATTLEPI, COM
Published 3:18 pm, Friday, March 27, 2015

Amanda Knox released this statement through an attorney on Friday after Italy's high court overturned the murder conviction against her:

I am tremendously relieved and grateful for the decision of the Supreme Court of Italy.
The knowledge of my innocence has given me strength in the darkest times of this
ordeal. And throughout this ordeal, I have received invaluable support from family,
friends, and strangers. To them, I say: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your
kindness has sustained me. I only wish that I could thank each and every one of you in
person.


The attorney also released this statement from her family:

We want to express our profound gratitude to all of those who have supported Amanda
and our family. Countless people – from world-renowned DNA experts, to former FBI
agents, to everyday citizens committed to justice – have spoken about her innocence.
We are thrilled with and grateful for today's decision from the Supreme Court of Italy.
And we are grateful beyond measure for all that so many of you have done for her.


https://twitter.com/hashtag/amandaknox?src=rela

Andrea Vogt ‏@andreavogt 4m4 minutes ago Rome, Lazio
#amandaknox convictions have been completely overturned. She is a free woman.

CNN is now reporting that there will not be a retrial. They are free.

More at HuffPo:

Italian Court Overturns Amanda Knox's Murder Conviction
Posted: 03/27/2015 5:45 pm EDT Updated: 3 minutes ago

Italy's highest court on Friday overturned the guilty verdicts against Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

The court acquitted Knox and Sollecito in the murder of Meredith Kercher, a 21-year-old exchange student who was found dead in the home she shared with Knox and two other roommates in the Italian city of Perugia.

In November 2007, Meredith Kercher was discovered stabbed in the neck on her bed in the Perugia apartment. Investigators alleged that Knox, then 20 years old, and Sollecito killed Kerchner along with Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast national raised in Perugia. Knox and Sollecito have always maintained their innocence.

This is the second time Italy's highest court has looked at the case, and the verdict ends a long series of legal twists and turns...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/27/amanda-knox-trial_n_6934608.html

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Reply BREAKING: AMANDA KNOX and RAFAELE SOLLECITO conviction OVERTURNED by Italian Supreme Court!!! (Original post)
FourScore Mar 2015 OP
CTyankee Mar 2015 #1
geek tragedy Mar 2015 #2
Gothmog Mar 2015 #3
joeybee12 Mar 2015 #6
cwydro Mar 2015 #8
cpwm17 Mar 2015 #4
joeybee12 Mar 2015 #5
Nye Bevan Mar 2015 #7
StevieM Mar 2015 #9
KamaAina Mar 2015 #10
Nye Bevan Mar 2015 #11
geek tragedy Mar 2015 #13
KamaAina Mar 2015 #14
FourScore Mar 2015 #12
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2015 #15
FourScore Mar 2015 #16
CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2015 #17
riderinthestorm Mar 2015 #18
OldHippieChick Mar 2015 #19
FourScore Mar 2015 #20
FourScore Mar 2015 #21
McCamy Taylor Mar 2015 #22

Response to FourScore (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 05:52 PM

1. Good! I'm glad this melodrama is over and done with and we don't have to hear

anything about Amanda Knox again.

My only interest in this was that she was a student in Perugia. I really liked the town when I was there in 2005. Lots of students who were "stranieri" there studying, a bunch of them Brits...

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 05:57 PM

2. And the other defendant goes free and has his life back, if no more trials allowed

 

Please let this be the end of this farce

No. More. Trials.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 06:01 PM

3. This is great news

I am glad that this ordeal is over for Ms. Knox

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 06:14 PM

6. I always felt worse for the boyfriend...

 

He was still in Italy and really would have been in trouble had this not been thrown out...I hope they can both get on with their lives.

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Response to joeybee12 (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 06:24 PM

8. Me too.

Very happy for them both.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 06:04 PM

4. Obviously the correct decision

 

It is highly unlikely that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito had anything to do with the murder.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 06:13 PM

5. Didn't see yours...I just posted...

 

I guess this is finally over.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 06:20 PM

7. And John Kerry heaves an enormous sigh of relief

and enjoys a celebratory beverage. Whether or not to extradite her would have been a complete lose-lose situation.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 06:24 PM

9. Thank God. Finally some justice, however shamefully delayed it is. I'm just sorry that the actions

of the prosecutors have allowed the real killer to get off with a ridiculously light sentence. Rudy Guede should have gotten about 30 years under Italian law.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 06:25 PM

10. Justice at last!

 

This must be how African Americans felt after the OJ verdict.

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #10)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 06:27 PM

11. Yes. When OJ was convicted of armed robbery, justice was finally done (nt)

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #10)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 07:54 PM

13. A very dubious comparison, as

 

OJ was guilty as hell.

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #13)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 11:38 PM

14. True, but many African Americans felt he had been railroaded.

 

He hadn't, of course, but it's easy to see why they felt that way.

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 07:39 PM

12. In dubio pro reo n/t

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Response to FourScore (Reply #12)

Fri Mar 27, 2015, 11:42 PM

15. How about a translation, for those of us who don't know Latin? n/t

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #15)

Sat Mar 28, 2015, 05:17 PM

16. Oh, gosh! I'm sorry!

I don't know Latin either, but saw this phrase posted a lot yesterday in regards to the Knox/Sollecito decision. So I looked up the meaning, liked it and posted it here on DU. I really should have posted the meaning! Duh!

From wisegeek: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-in-dubio-pro-reo-mean.htm

The Latin phase in dubio pro reo translates "as in doubt, for the accused". A more expanded definition is that courts and juries must take the side of an accused party when there are doubts about the charges. This is connected to reasonable doubt and to presumed innocence, which are a foundational part of many justice systems. It also affects the rule of lenity, when judges must make interpretive decisions about ambiguous laws in favor of someone who is accused.

Throughout history, many judicial systems have been established on the principle that an accused person cannot be convicted if reasonable doubt exists. The exact definition of what doubts are “reasonable” is definitely a gray area. In most cases, though, the idea of in dubio pro reo prevails. All a defendant must do to retain his innocence is establish credible doubt about a prosecutor’s case.

For example, a jury that hears conflicting but reasonable testimony about the whereabouts of the defendant on the night of the crime is being given an opportunity to doubt the charges. When juries are unsure, they cannot vote for a conviction. Instead, they must find for the accused based on the underlying principle embodied in dubio pro reo.
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Response to FourScore (Reply #16)

Sat Mar 28, 2015, 07:56 PM

17. Thank you so much! I used to study Latin, but that was about 50 years ago, lol!

I really appreciate your going to all that trouble.

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Response to FourScore (Reply #12)

Sat Mar 28, 2015, 09:30 PM

18. This judge went a step further and said there's no doubt they are 100% innocent

 

They're completely exonerated, not just innocent because there's insufficient evidence.



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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #18)

Sat Mar 28, 2015, 10:12 PM

19. Now I pray for the victim's family to

accept this decision and stop believing Amanda was guilty. They have been through enough and need to let go of this Italian myth.

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Response to OldHippieChick (Reply #19)

Sat Mar 28, 2015, 10:31 PM

20. I agree. I have thought so much about this, too.

I hope, with time, they can see that they were given a false narrative. It must be very hard for them to believe.

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #18)

Sat Mar 28, 2015, 10:32 PM

21. I didn't realize that! n/t

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Response to FourScore (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2015, 11:13 PM

22. Great news!

Now, if you have ever asked yourself "Why do so many people have such strong opinions about this case (involving people they do not know)?" I have something for you to read. You can get it at Amazon for 99 cents, or you can send me a private message and I will send you a free word document of the text.

http://www.amazon.com/Fiction-Imagination-Including-Selected-Quotations-ebook/dp/B00I82HFJ6/ref=sr_1_20?ie=UTF8&qid=1427598639&sr=8-20&keywords=Mccamy+Taylor

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