Trials & Litigation
Amanda Knox Wins Appeal, Is Cleared
Posted Oct 3, 2011 2:53 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
Convicted in late 2009 by an Italian jury and sentenced to 26 years for murdering her roommate in Perugia, while both were students participating in a foreign exchange program, an American woman has won her appeal.
After a retrial of the controversial case against Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend, both have been cleared in the murder and rape of Meredith Kercher. However, Knox was found guilty of libeling a bartender that she accused of the crime after being interrogated by police, according to the Associated Press.
She was sentenced to three years, but will be released immediately because she has already served more time than that. She must also pay a fine of nearly $30,000.
Earlier, Amanda Knox told the jury, in Italian, that she had nothing to do with the crime: "I've lost a friend in the worst, most brutal, most inexplicable way possible," she said of Meredith Kercher's slaying, the Associated Press reported at the time.
"I'm paying with my life for things that I didn't do," Knox said.
ABAJournal.com: "Italian Jury Finds US Student Guilty of Murder, Gives Her 26-Year Sentence"
ABAJournal.com: ""Judge Faces Ethics Case for Writing Letters to Court About Amanda Knox Murder Trial
ABAJournal.com: "Amanda Knox was Denied a Lawyer, says Wash. Judge, Seeking Obama’s Help in Italian Murder Case"
ABAJournal.com: "Italian Prosecutor Says He Can’t Place Amanda Knox In Murder Room"
Reuters: "Kercher family still cannot forgive her murder"