This is the right verdict, made possible very likely to corruption of the Italian prosecutor being revealed. The turnaround is so distinct, the Italian people originally hated Amanda Knox, and tonight cheered the new verdict. Congratulations to the Italians for doing the right thing. The bad news, of course, is that the Italian police have clearly botched the Meredith Kercher murder investigation with what has been termed as a “vendetta” against Knox. Now they will have to start again, years after the originally murder. In addition to Knox being cleared, so was her then-boyfriend who had been convicted as well.
Amanda Knox freed: cleared of murder of Meredith KercherA jury in Perugia, where the murder took place four years ago, overturned Knox’s 26-year jail sentence for the sexual assault and murder of the Leeds University student.
She will walk free from Capanne prison, outside Perugia, after serving four years for a crime that the appeal court ruled she did not commit.
Her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito also had his murder conviction quashed.
Knox’s family, who had always believed in her innocence, were ecstatic.
American television networks are reportedly offering large sums of money for her first interview, and a book and film are also said to be in the pipeline.
American Amanda Knox received the one verdict that has set her free to go home with her family to Washington state, but mental health experts say the 24-year-old’s traumatic journey is far from over.
Since her conviction in the murder of British roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007, Knox has said that she longs to go home and daydreams of catching up on Harry Potter movies and lying in the grass of her Seattle back yard.
After spending four years in a cramped cell in an Italian prison, Knox appeared elated but emotional as an appeals court in Perugia overturned her 26-year sentence.
But her pale face and thinning hair show the toll prison life has taken on the young woman psychologically.
Even before her fate was sealed, cameras showed her nervous breathing and a face buried in hands, ready for the heaving tears that would follow.
“She still has had a horrific experience and her sense of trust in police and in people is gone,” said Ann Rosen Spector, a professor of psychology at Rutgers University. “Some people may still believe she did it and will treat her differently. Her name is well known.
“It will take time to get back to normal,” said Spector, a clinical psychologist who specializes in depression, stress and anxiety issues. “She lost four years of her life.”