October 3rd, 2011
05:10 PM ET

Live blog: Amanda Knox to go free after jury overturns murder conviction

For further updates please read the full CNN Wire story here.

[Updated at 7:30 p.m. ET] Business mogul Donald Trump told CNN’s Erin Burnett he hoped that Amanda Knox would somehow be able to rebound and make some “dividends” off her ordeal. “I”ve been supporting the family. I’ve been helping the family and will continue to help them,” he said.

“For her to have spent four years in a terrible jail is just outrageous,” he said. "I don’t think they [the Knox family] can leave [Italy] quick enough. She went to Italy to learn the language. Well, she learned the language,” he said.

[Updated at 6:54 p.m. ET] Rocco Girlanda, a member of the Italian parliament who became an advocate for Knox, said she was  "incredibly happy" upon leaving prison. He said Knox will leave Tuesday for Seattle, her hometown.

[Updated at 6:22 p.m. ET] Rocco Girlanda spoke briefly with the father of Raffaele Sollecito, Knox’s former boyfriend and co-defendant.

The family had no plans to meet with Knox and were “driving towards our home,” he said, according to Girlanda. “Raffaele is very spaced out,” Girlanda said Sollecito's father told him.

Read: Italian jury clears Amanda Knox of murder

[Updated at 6:15 p.m. ET] Jeffrey Toobin, a CNN contributor and legal analyst, said the evidence against Knox was “somewhere between thin and non-existent.”

[Updated at 6:09 p.m. ET] Amanda Knox is in an undisclosed location with family and will take the next flight to Seattle, Washington, CNN’s Matthew Chance reported.

“She’s told everybody that she wants to get back home as soon as possible. She told the court that earlier today. She begged them. She pleaded with them," Chance said.

[Updated at 6:00 p.m. ET] CNN’s Matthew Chance described the courtroom scene as the ruling was read: “It was absolutely electric. There were whoops. There were tears.” Amanda Knox “was in hysterics, in a positive way,” he said. Quietly sobbing, she was quickly led out of the courtroom. “She could barely walk,” he said.

Also present were members of slaying victim Meredith Kercher’s family, including her mother and sister, who cried on a man’s shoulder as the ruling was read.

“These were very different emotions sort of circulating through that courtroom,” he said.

[Updated at 5:49 p.m. ET] CNN's Becky Anderson, reporting from outside the courtroom, said the crowd, comprised largely of young people, seemed divided. “Many of them are absolutely furious over what they heard today. ‘How could they [court officials] have gone this far andoverturned on appeal?” she said, summarizing a viewpoint of those milling around the building in Perugia.

“Others say this shows that the Italian justice system works," she said.

[Updated at 5:34 p.m. ET] Rocco Girlanda, Italian MP,  tells CNN and other media outside the jail that Amanda Knox is meeting her parents a few miles from the prison. Her first desire is to lie down on a green field, he said.

Knox enjoyed a measure of support inside the prison. She jumped for joy when other prisoners said  “Well done!” CNN's Paula Newton reported.

[Updated at 5:10 p.m. ET] Amanda Knox has left the Capanne prison where she has been held for four years.

Knox was in the back of a black tinted car and is officially a free woman, CNN's Paula Newton reported.

"That was her private escort out of here,” said Paula of a Mercedes sedan that exited the prison. “I did get a very short glimpse of her. It was her."

A book author and Italian parliamentarian who was friendly with Knox said she was very happy about the ruling but was anxious to see her family.

Rocco Girlanda told reporters that Knox's passport is okay and she will leave for Seattle, Washington on Tuesday morning from Italy.

[Updated at 5:01 p.m. ET] Meredith Kercher's family returned to their hotel and issued the following statement according to a spokesman:

"We respect the decision of the judges but we do not understand how the decision of the first trial could be so radically overturned," the statement said. "We still trust the Italian judicial system and hope that the truth will eventually emerge."

[Updated at 4:41 p.m. ET] A tinted van drove inside the Capanne prison compound but there has been no confirmation that it contained either Knox or her co-defendant Sollecito. Authorities at the prison have remained tight-lipped about the process of when or how Knox will leave the prison.

[Updated at 4:35 p.m. ET] A convoy of cars with sirens is returning to prison, likely with Amanda Knox inside.

If she is indeed back at the prison she will likely pick up her remaining belongings, sign a few papers and leave.

There is a heavy security presence in front of the prison gates, CNN's Paula Newton reported.

Newton said they believe Knox was inside the convoy because they could hear cheers erupting from inside the prison, presumably on her arrival.

[Updated at 4:23 p.m. ET] Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman for the U.S.State Department said the following regarding the Knox verdict:

"The United States appreciates the careful consideration of this matter within the Italian judicial system. Our Embassy in Rome will continue to provide appropriate consular assistance to Ms. Knox and her family."

[Updated at 4:23 p.m. ET] An Italian court on Monday night ordered the immediate release of Amanda Knox after a jury overturned her murder conviction, Knox's lawyer, Carlo Dalla Vedova told CNN.

The prosecution can appeal the case to the highest court in Italy. Both will be freed and it will be up to Italy to make an extradition request to the United States should the high court overturn the appeals verdict.

[Updated at 4:22 p.m. ET] CNN's Becky Anderson reports that the crowd is continuing to mill about after the verdict.

"There are people who are protesting her decision here,” she said. ‘There have been shouts, screams.”

[Updated at 4:08 p.m. ET] One of Amanda Knox’s lawyers, Carlo Dallas Vedova, said outside court that “we are satisfied" with the jury's ruling.

"Amanda is released," he said. "She wants to go back home. She has always confirmed that she was a friend of Meredith."

He said that she will be leaving Italy "as soon as possible."

"She really wants to go back home," he said.

[Updated at 4:06 p.m. ET] CNN's Matthew Chance said that before the verdict was read Amanda Knox “looked devastated. She was sitting on the chair sobbing, talking to her lawyer and the decision was delivered very quickly. What it means is that after four years in jail she can walk free tonight.”

[Updated at 4:06 p.m. ET] CNN's Richard Allen Greene reports that a mostly young and rowdy but cheerful crowd has converged on the square outside courthouse. There are at least hundreds filling the square, he reported.

[Updated at 3:58 p.m. ET] Deanna Knox, one of Amanda's sisters, spoke outside the courthouse thanking those who supported their family throughout the case.

“Not only did [defense lawyers] defend her brilliantly but they also loved her ... and lastly we are faithful to the court for having the courage to look for the truth," she said.

There were cheers of approval from the crowd in as she spoke.

"She suffered for four years for a crime that she did not commit," Deanna Knox said of her sister.

She then praised the jury's ruling.

"We are thankful to the court for having the courage to look for the truth and overturn this conviction," Deanna Knox told reporters.

She then asked that Amanda Knox and the family be given the privacy to "recover from this horrible ordeal."

[Updated at 3:58 p.m. ET] Meredith Kercher's family is still sitting inside the courtroom where two of the three people accused of murdering her have now had their convictions overturned.

Kercher's sister Stephanie is sitting stone-faced.

CNN's Matthew Chance reported that Kercher's mother appeared upset when the verdict was read.  The family was stunned and silent. Stephanie Kercher, Meredith's sister, began to cry.

He noted the family believed Knox and Sollecito were guilty of the crime.

[Updated at 3:55 p.m. ET] As one of Sollecito's lawyers left court a group outside the Perugia building began booing.

[Updated at 3:52 p.m. ET] There was an audible gasp outside the courthouse when the verdict was read in court.

Knox and Sollecito were swiftly taken out of the courtroom.

Knox's family hugged and celebrated inside the courtroom after hearing the news as Amanda Knox appeared to turn around and smile at them.

Knox and Sollecito will go back to prison to pick up their things and then will be free to leave.

[Updated at 3:48 p.m. ET] A jury has partially overturned the conviction of Amanda Knox.

The jury has overturned the murder conviction but upheld the conviction on the defamation charges after she accused club owner Patrick Lumumba of killing British college student Meredith Kercher in 2007 in Perugia.

The judge has called for silence in the courtroom as applause erupts.

The jury has also overturned the murder conviction of Raffaele Sollecito. Both will be free to leave. Knox will be given time served for the defamation charge.

[Updated at 3:44 p.m. ET] CNN's Matthew Chance tweets from inside the courtroom:

Matthew Chance @mchancecnn: Charged atmosphere inside court. The defendants, the families, the media all on edge. Silence!!

[Updated at 3:37 p.m. ET] Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito have entered the courtroom to hear their fate.

Knox, who is wearing a hooded black jacket, is flanked by three female guards behind her. She appears slightly nervous, and is beginning to tear up as she sits at the defendant's table awaiting the jury's ruling.

[Updated at 3:29 p.m. ET] CNN's Hada Messia reports that prosecutors Manuela Comodi and Giuliano Mignini have arrived in court.

Mignini greeted the Kercher family, shaking their hands and then kissing Meredith Kercher's sister Stephanie on the cheek.

Lawyers for the defense and the prosecution have shaken hands and exchanged a few words as they await the jury's ruling.

CNN's Richard Allen Greene notes that more than a dozen plainclothes police officers are now inside the courtroom.

[Updated at 3:18 p.m. ET] The family of victim Meredith Kercher has arrived in court.

CNN's Becky Anderson asked Meredith's brother Lyle Kercher how he was feeling. His response: "Nervous."

Anderson reports the entire Kercher family looked very tired and very emotional.

[Updated at 3:17 p.m. ET] CNN's Matthew Chance tweets from inside the courtroom:

Matthew Chance@mchancecnn: More than dozen judicial police in plain clothes in court "in case of public disorder" #AmandaKnox

[Updated at 3:13 p.m. ET] Italian media outlet ANSA reports that the ruling has been pushed back to 3:45 p.m. ET.

[Updated at 3:12 p.m. ET] Carlo Pacelli, the lawyer for Patrick Lumumba who was first accused in the crime, is in court, apparently the first from the prosecution side to arrive.

Last week Pacelli called Knox satanic and Lucifer-like. He's smiling and chatting with journalists. He fought for defamation damages for the bar owner Knox was convicted of libelling.

[Updated at 3:00 p.m. ET] CNN's Matthew Chance tweets from inside the courtroom:
Matthew Chance

@mchancecnn: Tension intense inside court among handful of journos allowed in #AmandaKnox #meredithkercher

[Updated at 2:55 p.m. ET] CNN's Richard Allen Greene reports from inside the courtroom: At least five plainclothes Carabinieri police in court in addition to the usual uniformed officers.

Defense attorneys Luciano Ghirga and Carlo Dalla Vedova  have arrived at court as well. When asked about Amanda Knox's mood, Dalla Vedova smiles and says "I don't know. I haven't seen her for a few hours."

Sollecito's lawyer Giulia Bongiorno has also entered the courtroom.

[Updated at 2:46 p.m. ET] So, what will happen when the jury hands down their ruling?

There are three possible outcomes for the defendants:

1) Verdict is upheld: In this case, Knox and Sollecito will continue serving their respective 26 and 25-year jail sentences. However, prosecutor Manuela Comodi has called for their sentences to be increased to life.

2) Verdict is overturned

3) Verdict is partially overturned, with a decrease in sentence (verdicts can be upheld on some counts but not others, this may result in a decrease in their sentences).

[Updated at 2:44 p.m. ET] Amanda Knox's family have just arrived at the courthouse. Her mom and dad, her stepmom, stepdad and her sisters are the first to enter the courtroom after journalists were let in.

In about 45 minutes they will find out whether their daughter will remain in prison in Italy or return home with them after the four-year saga of the case.

[Updated at 2:39 p.m. ET] CNN's Antonia Mortensen reports that hundreds of onlookers have gathered around barriers places around the court entrance in hope of a glimpse of the families and Amanda Knox.

A young local Italian woman who is a student in Perugia told Mortensen this appeal ruling is like the event of the year in Perugia. She added that it has become a spectacle or a movie.

A middle aged Italian Perugian outside the court told Mortensen that he can't wait for this to be over so that the town can get back to normality. He calls this situation 'a circus'.

He added "the Italian legal system is very good and we should have faith in it."

Meanwhile, more police officers have arrived at the court, Mortensen reported, but so far neither Meredith Kercher nor Amanda Knox's relatives have arrived at the courthouse.

[Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET] A caravan of cars believe to have Knox and Sollecito inside has arrived near the courthouse in Perugia, Italy.

Two police vans have arrived with a police car escort, CNN's Richard Allen Greene reports.

Sirens are competing with clicks of dozens of photographers shutters, he said.

Onlookers appeared to rush after the vans to try and get a glimpse inside.

[Updated at 2:27 p.m. ET] A media vigil of sorts continues at the prison where Knox has been held for almost four years, CNN's Paula Newton reports.

Knox will return here no matter what happens - either to return to the same cell to finish out her sentence or to collect her belongings and officially leave Italy for Seattle, Washington.

We'll find out which of those scenarios it will be in about one hour when the ruling is read aloud in court.

[Updated at 2:24 p.m. ET] CNN anchor Becky Anderson reports there are barriers set up outside the entrance to the court holding back hundreds of camera crews and observers.

[Updated at 2:21 p.m. ET] The streets outside the court in Perugia, Italy are packed.

Journalists from hundreds of media outlets from around the world and members of the public have swarmed the area.

[Updated at 2:12 p.m. ET] When the ruling comes down it will be a decision made by eight jurors - six members of the public and two judges.

The judges take part and vote as part of the jury: their role is to guide but not to instruct the other jurors how to vote. The presiding judge, Claudio Pratillo Hellmann, who is also one of the jurors, will then read out the verdict.

[Updated at 2:04 p.m. ET] A van has left the prison where Amanda Knox an Raffaele Sollecito were being held while the jury deliberated.

It is believed Knox and Sollecito are in the convoy of vehicles that left the prison and en route back to the courthouse to hear the ruling.

Sollecito is normally not held in the same prison as Knox but was held there during the deliberations.

[Posted at 1:59 p.m. ET] An Italian jury has reached a decision on whether it will uphold or overturn the convictions of Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaelle Sollecito in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

The ruling will be read at 3:30 p.m. ET (9:30 pm local time), the court said Monday.

The jury deliberated for nearly 10 hours before reaching their decision.

Knox and Sollecito, who returned to prison after speaking in court Monday morning, are likely to begin heading  back to the court in Perugia, Italy, now to hear their fate.

Nearly four years after she was arrested on suspicion of having killed her roommate in this picturesque Italian university town, Amanda Knox stood up in court and pleaded with a jury Monday to overturn her conviction.

"I am not what they say I am. I did not kill. I did not rape. I did not steal," Amanda Knox said, her voice trembling with emotion. She was making perhaps the most important speech of her life, and it showed.

Knox and co-defendant Sollecito have been fighting to be acquitted of the murder. Prosecutors have called for the pair's sentences - of 26 and 25 years, respectively - to be increased to life.

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  1. Traveler

    Who is this woman, and why should we be interested here in the US?!?

    October 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • seattle cris

      She is a us citizen from Seattle and in jail for a crime with NO evidence. She is being convicted based on gut feelings and sensationalist tv. She could be you.. that is why.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • phearis

      Sooooo, how's that rock you've been living under for the last four years?

      October 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peach

      She's American.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      She's American. That's why it's an American interest story.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • seymourhair

      Gee, I dunno. Maybe because she's an American Citizen.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amber

      She is a United States Citizen from Washington State.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Answer

      She is an American living in Italy as a student.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Read about false confessions and consider the language barrier. Not to mention the DA is crazy.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jody

      Not much of a Traveler are you?

      October 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ally

      Just go back to sleep.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • June

      I am so praying for Justice for Meredith.. and in Justice for Meredith this means releasing the wrongly convicted Amanda Knox and Rafaele and focusing on the true killer. I am sick and sad for everyone in the scenario.. Unfortunately, the media has turned the focus from the true point of all of this.. someone was murdered. In the same breath innocent people should NOT be in jail. That is the case here. Hoping that the verdict is overturned.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anita

      Where have you been the last four years? She's an American...do you not watch or read news?

      October 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • BX

      An innocent citzen of US

      October 3, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • dudestski

      It doesnt matter its over- go back to sleep

      October 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • rocco

      obviously you should not be interested-who cares that you don't care!

      October 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • jjspaz1

      wow.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      Amand knox is a white american who deservedly was sentenced for three years for slander against her African ex- boss, who she wrongly attempted to implicate in Kercher's murder. But it should be said that since the DNA evidence against her and the ex- boyfriend was non-exisitent, then they were rightly freed on the murder charges for lack of evidence proving conclusively guilt.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      IDIOT!

      October 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • StephenM

      Where are you visiting from? Uranus?

      October 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • ryan

      This case has been going on and on. Her DNA was on the knife, then it wasn't. Iran hikers get set free. America may not know how to fix it's economy but is sure does know how to negotiate international crimes, and prevail democracy.

      October 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. James

    Do you think Al Qaeda is behind this!?

    October 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Keecee

    It is obvious she is guilty of murder.

    October 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • seattle cris

      Obviously not.. not one shred of evidence. Glad you can read crystal balls.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jmoney

      or, can you even read at all? there is ZERO evidence against her. she should be freed immediately!

      October 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • max

      She lied 4 times but yet she is a poor victim of bad italian judges...

      October 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • phorse

      Obvious? Maybe to the uninformed.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Answer

      The murder weapon (knife) with Knox's DNA and the victim's DNA was found in a shoebox in the back of a closet at Knox's boyfriend's place. Her bf's DNA was found on the victim's bra clasp. Knox's bloody footprints were found at the scene, but she claims to have not been there. She changed her alibi twice of where she was that night. She blamed the murder on her former boss who fired her, but he has an alibi. Lots of evidence here.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony

      WHat??

      October 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • question

      the DNA on the knife from Meredith was so low that it should not be ruled as enough for a definite match – to highlight this they pointed out how there was not enough left to perform a second test.

      No traces of blood could be found either – only potato starch – which they said would have been washed away if it had been as thoroughly cleaned with bleach as police and prosecutors insisted.

      It also did not match a bloody outline of a knife left on Meredith's bed and was also far too big to have caused the wounds on Meredith's throat.

      The clasp was also dismissed as it emerged that it had been left lying on the floor for six weeks before being collected by forensics officers – and even then there were more than 50 breaches of internationally recognised protocol.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • WL

      And the "bloody shoeprints" could not be identified as Amanda's, but were said to be "of the same type" of shoes as the ones she wore. Cnsiderable doubt was place on all this "evidence".

      October 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ginny

      Really??? How obvious would that be??

      October 3, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mcfly

      KeeCee – – IF you were aware of all of the evidence, you might see that she is clearly NOT guilty. There is far more to this story than you are apparently aware of. It is the prosecution that has made a circus out of this trial.

      October 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • jjspaz1

      She is not guilty.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • g flanders

      I hope you're never a juror in a murder trial with your snap decisions from afar.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jodi

    CNN is only stating the facts – they(CNN)will find out what that verdict is along with the rest of the world when the jury delivers it at 3:30 ET.

    October 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mandy

    they are letting her go.. i can see the look in her eyes ..]

    October 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • FreeWillie

      The City will advertise that any American female choosing to stay in their little town will get a free pass on murdering their roomate. Meanwhile Knox will get a huge payday on the talk show circuit.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. A'Drew

    What's all the hoopla concerning this girl, she probably did do all that she's denying. The media needs to leave this alone and let the Mafia system deal with it. She's not even an attractive white girl, I'll give her 6.5/10. The media needs to find a more attractive white girl to fixate on.

    October 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doakes

      I may have to agree. This seems extremely racist. I think that Ms Knox and her boyfriend (especially) are guilty of this crime and have not had reason to believe otherwise. It appears Ms. Knox's family has enough money to make it go away. The parents of Ms. Knox has kept our attention on this trial. Someone else's daughter is gone for life, while they make sure their daughter isn't confined life behind bars in Italy. Disappointing. Don't speak for me when you say she is innocent. Nothing has been proven otherwise to me. Justice should prevail honestly.

      October 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      be you should watch the trial and read more then, because it was PROVEN that neither Amanda Knox or her boyfriends, DNA was in the room where Meredith was killed..... When the police didn't follow a protocol and even the knife proved the police wrong. Wake up, yes, the other family lost a daughter, so someone innocent should pay for something they didn't do. We are not talking about Casey Anthony here...... I wonder if it was you and you knew you were innocent would you still feel the same way? Really? I doubt that. As for Amanda Knox's parents having money that couldn't be further from the truth. Get your facts straight which ever face I am speaking to.

      October 3, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • brown

      Exactly :)

      October 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary Lou Palladino

      Bravo!! Debbie

      October 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • cbozey

      Yea and her killer has already been convicted and sent to jail. So, the family has had justice served.

      October 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bystander

      Good for you, Debbie!

      October 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • GT66

      Right. She was innocent as a babe in the woods but thought it wise to blame Lumumba just to be safe? Give me a break. They just a let a murderer walk. Perhaps now that you're done praying for Knox, you should start praying for her next victim.

      October 3, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • L

      Justice was served here today! For all of you that believe this girl was guilty, you are insane! The drifter is the one who killed this young girl! I'm sorry but the stupidity of some of you is really amazing! Thank goodness this is over for now, until the family tries to appeal.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gam

      Only God is the best Judge. So who are we to point out and judge?

      October 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marq

      "...but its INNOCENT until proven guilty... not guilty until proven innocent." Don't tell me you don't believe in this?

      October 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • DS

      That is exactly right, get your facts straight! She is INNOCENT and if you follow this case then you would clearly see that she and this young man were both innocent! The murder was awful, but making innocent people serve the time because the prosecuter never looked any farther, is also awful. The Knox family lost their daughter 4 years ago to corruption, I'm just glad that she gets to come home now. The prosecuter is corrupt and facing many legal charges outside of this case and his own jail time!

      Welcome home Amanda! It's just a shame it took 4 years!!!

      October 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      Good for you Debbie I agree with you 100%.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Memory

      I totally agree with you, Debbie. There was absolutely NO evidence to convict them in the first place.
      Thank you Italian jury for your correct verdict this time.... I will never believe they did that, as they had no motive or intent. I don't think money had anything to do with this verdict. Not guilty!!!

      October 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Knox's family is not rich and are basically broke having spent retirement savings, etc. just to fly back and forth and having to live month on end in Italy. This case was a horrible tragedy for the Kerchers, but it was a circus prosecution from day one.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Natibear

      Thanks for stating the obvious so well. I'm so happy and relieved for Amanda and her family.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      Then, once again the black guy is the one to blame.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • lessismore

      Debbie,
      You should be watching the trial and read more. Some of the evidence was missed handle my the police, but some of the miss handle evidence pointed to them being in the room at the time of the killing. If Police had missed handle the evidence she would be spending the 25 years in jail. All that was proven was theere the police did not do there job.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • lessismore

      Debbie,
      You should be watching the trial and read more. Some of the evidence was missed handle my the police, but some of the miss handle evidence pointed to them being in the room at the time of the killing. If Police had missed handle the evidence she would be spending the 25 years in jail. All that was proven was there the police did not do there job.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sgt Pinback

      Ooh Debbie you're so full of righteous anger but I notice there's one thing you carefully ignore: Knox attempted to frame Patrick Lumumba for the murder, a completely innocent man with a young family. I don't know who is worse, Knox or her odious 'supporters' like yourself.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheryl

      Totally agree with you Debbie. The young girl who lost her life was not the only victim here, Amanda and her boyfriend were too. Now I hope they can heal from all of this.

      October 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustSaying

      STOP POSTING THE SAME THING!

      October 3, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Italiano

      Yep Debbie continue to listen your stupid media.

      October 3, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bas Horneman

      Ttell me why did she confess that she was at home and had to cover her ears to drown out the screams as Patrick Lumumba was murdering Meredith? What sick diabolical person would lie to destroy an innocent person's life? Amanda Knox that is. For this charge she has still been found guilty! And how could she not be guilty of that. It was recorded by the police. And let me tell you this. Any person capable of destroying an innocent man's life should receive a life sentence in my opinion.

      October 3, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • clbresponse

      agreed. ppl need to get educated on the facts. there are many sides to this story. but the facts show that this young woman suffered from slipping through the cracks of the italian justice system. meredith kerchners family should get more than they did. they should know who ended their daughters life. but clearly, justice is flawed. knox, in my mind, has paid enough. but then again, it doesn't matter what i think.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
    • EK KADIDDLEHOPPER

      Debbie, you are correct! The young lady is totally innocent! A problem with our system today, all over the world, is that DAs, prosecutors and persecutors are given bonuses, pay increases and promotions based on their success rate. They are self-serving and do not care who they hurt. Guede admitted to other prison inmates that he committed the murder. He confessed to police, but changed his story to get a light sentence. He needs to at least serve the full 30 years he was originally given. We need to use truth serum and lie detector tests as a standard procedure.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
    • V

      I dont care if she is or isnt guilty... but its INNOCENT until proven guilty... not guilty until proven innocent.

      October 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • dudestski

      thank you, You dear sir/madam may be the only sane person following this info-tainment/media circus.

      October 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eagleman2015

      Not in Italy

      October 3, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anita

      In the US it is innocent until proven guilty, but she's in Italy, not the US so she's subject to Italian law, not American. Personally, I don't know if she did it or not I do know...I wouldn't want to be in her shoes.

      October 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mack Beemerf

      Not in Italy! Europena jurisprudence has a different presumption: the burden of proof is on the defendant to establish innocence; In the U.S.A., the burden is on the state to prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" that the Defendant committed the crime.

      M

      October 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • K

      In Italy it is the defense that has the burden of proof. You are guilty until proven innocent.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joy Lynskey

      We all wish it could be that way, unfortunately, the actual truth is that you are definitely guilty until proven innocent. Ask Troy Davis's family if they agree.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • jjspaz1

      No...not in Italy.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • RollingMyEyes

      Different country. That's how it works in most places outside the U.S.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • So Sad in Seattle

      V- Actually that's just in the U.S. Most countries believe that they'd rather risk putting an innocent behind bars during a trial than risk leaving a criminal on the street, endangering others, during the trial. It's all a matter of perspective.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh

      Actually, she was proven guilty, so in this case it is guilty until proven innocent.

      who lets people like you post?

      October 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • SA

      Innocent until proven guilty is the motto for the UNITED STATES. In case you haven't noticed Italy's justice system is nothing like the US.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ButterSquash

      In America, but not every country is like that.. There are still plenty of countries where you are GUILTY until proven innocent.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL @ V

      Thats only in America. Its guilty until proven innocent everywhere else. ROFL

      October 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scratch

      That's the U.S. system. Is it the same in Italy?

      October 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • novajosh

      It should be innocent UNLESS proven guilty.

      October 3, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Garth

      Err... she was found GUILTY in a court of law...

      October 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faberm

      YES in the USA and maybe Britain, but NOT in Itlay.

      October 3, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robita

      Well it is in the United States, but other countries have their own versions of "Presumption of Innocence". Turns out that Italy does subscribe to "Presumption of Innocence". Just wanted to clear up that the US justice system dosn't apply to places outside the US.

      October 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krista

      I totally agree with you.

      October 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lestat

      Thank You, OJ and Casey will appreciate that comment

      October 3, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Totally.

      October 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • queenbee

      I"nnocent until proven guilty..." isn't that an American idiom and dictate for trial? Because I could have sworn Amanda was tried for a crime in Italy by an Italian court..Funny how Americans always try to use their laws and rules on other countries where they may not apply. Italian laws in Italian courts for Italian crimes–just be thankful for all the work the State Dept must have been doing behind the scenes.

      October 6, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Judgement

      So I guess your justice is guilty until proven innocent. Nice....

      October 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daymond42

      That's the American way, it seems..

      October 3, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hugo

      At least she wasn't in jail for 18 years like over here in the States...

      October 3, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donald E. Gould

      Not guilty does not mean innocent.

      October 3, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      I hope you're never on a jury. There is more than enough reasonable doubt. Tainted evidence, assumptions, crappy police work... she's innocent.

      October 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Very much soo!! Come back home and don't look back!!!

      October 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tiffany

      Exactly!!!!!! People don't understand that. They are ignorant to the facts and assume, assume, assume! Hello!!??

      October 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ariana Newcombe

      I also believe she is innocent. With all the evidence inconsistency in this case Meredith's family found Amanda&Rafaele guilty long before. I understand that they wanted somebody to pay for the death of their daughter, but
      to convict an innocent for a crime he/she never commited is as worse as the crime itself. Nobody can give Amanda & Rafaele those 4 years back.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • frank

      They should hang the Italian prosecutor outside the Courthouse by his heels like they did to Benito Mussollini.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr Bob Jowitt - Slovakia

      It's nice to see that there is a country, and its legal system, which can publicly admit they made a mistake. American dept.of Jjustice please take note ! guilt should be proven to the satisfaction of the society which the law serves, NOT the interests of elected politicians who seek only re-election. This is a great day for the Italian judicial system.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • With All Due Respect

      There's a difference between being proven innocent and actually being so. The former was certainly true for all the reasons you stated. But was she actually innocent? I kinda doubt it.

      October 3, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • gtalum06

      I'm not sure how racism plays into this at all... and as far as guilt/innocence, I doubt anybody but them knows for certain. That's where the court/lawyers/jury come in...it sounds to me like the prosecution has had a difficult time proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, though seems plenty of people have forgotten that it's not "guilty until proven innocent."

      Besides, didn't somebody else already confess, get convicted, and is now serving time for this crime? Yeah... that seems odd if this girl is so guilty of the crime.

      October 3, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • madwhite man

      Amand freed, Solicito freed,Casey Anthony freed.
      Guede guilty, Davis Executed God Bless Black people

      October 3, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • madwhite man

      Amanda freed, Solicito freed,Casey Anthony freed.
      Guede guilty, Davis Executed God Bless Black people

      October 3, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Handyandy

      Yep, guilty till proven innocent

      October 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • GT66

      Just like in America!

      October 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      Are you serious? On the basis of what evidence? DNA? There is none. Motive? There is none. Evidence of either of the two defendants at the crime scene? None.

      October 3, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steph

      If you were following this case then you would know that Amanda's family doesn't come from money. Get your facts straight.

      October 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • morbus gravis

      her pr firm said that, the same one that they paid a million dollars to....the one they hired.....lol

      October 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      They will be VERY RICH NOW!! BOOK DEALS, TV APPEARANCES...BLOOD MONEY. SHE IS GUILTY AS HELL!!! IN MY OPINION..

      October 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      It's called innocent until proven guilty!!! There is nothing proving her guilty!!

      October 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fmrlobbyist

      @ Lisa & V:: In Italy and the rest of world the legal system is based on being GULITY until proven INNOCENT! The rest of the world is not like American courts.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • really

      So how do you explain the man already convicted of this crime. They had actual evidence against him for the crime, but they had to throw these two into it with him, without any evidence.

      October 3, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ed

      totally agree. Italian prosecutors needs to be exam-med instead. Now the victim family will never know the true.

      October 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • John N. Seattle, WA

      I used to get my coffee every morning from Amanda. Talking with her over the course of a year, I find it IMPOSSIBLE that this girl could do what she was accused of. She is a very bright, cheerful, warm person...and I am sorry, but she is simply incapable of murder, regardless of what some people think. I am glad this horrible ordeal is finally over for her, and my thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family!

      October 3, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      It is not possible to have coffee with a person and determine she is incapable of murder. There are thousands upon thousands of examples that prove such a thing cannot be done. Until we can read minds, that is impossible.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • mleach32

      OJ was a success too! You're right, sociopaths are typically always psycho right? They couldn't possibly be nice to you in the morning and then be in the basement making a hairdoll of you in the evening.

      c'mon... geeze! I guess you think Casey Anthony is innocent too?

      Do you realize that it's almost impossible to convict someone of murder now? She's guilty!!!! There was even DNA! They got her off on a technicality!

      October 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • zzk

      This is the same thing people said about terrorists who are their neighbors.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob todd

      WOw ..Based on her serving coffess you know that she coulsn't have committed a crime of this nature.. Most likely the very same perosn that didn't see the fuss made when Black Americans are convicted on the basis of even less evidence..

      Hypocrites .. Oh to be caucasian..

      October 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fastcat

      John, are you just saying nice things so you can try to hit that when she gets back home? Nice!

      October 3, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • s1e00865

      i grow sick of persons saying...someone is brights, nice, and friendly...they cannot commit an evil act...get real...every serial killer in the world is described as being such...i do not know if this woman is guilty or innocent, but i do know nonsense when i read, see, or hear it...

      October 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bozobub

      I frankly agree that Amanda Knox is probably innocent, but getting coffee from her every AM does NOT mean you know her. At all.

      October 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don't Believe It

      Well of course, YOU would know better wouldn't you? No evidence, no DNA, nothing to prove her involvement, yet your guy instinct is more than enough. Luckily for us, you are not the one to decide. That's up to a court, based on EVIDENCE.

      October 3, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amused

      Well, one would hope that the trial was based on evidence, but in this case it appears that the Italian Court blatantly IGNORED DNA evidence when they presumed her to be guilty!

      October 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      It is not the accused's job to prove their innocence, it is the prosecutor's job to prove the guilt. Who cares what anyone herre thinks about the case? I don't care how much anyone thinks she's guilty - case was not proved. Evidence was not there. And for all you out there who are disappointed she is now free, I hope you never find yourself in a similar situation. And, before you say it won't happen becuase you wouldn't commit a henous crime – remember, the evidence simply doesn't support the notion that Knox did.

      October 3, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • KMS

      There was no solid evidence to convict this girl! What a horror she endured for 4 years. All because people wanted her guilty because she was American! MY prayers were answered! Thank you God for letting those jurors see the TRUTH !

      October 3, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • BX

      Not true.Other guy had bloody hand print under pillow

      October 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • TODAY

      Agree...she got away with this...Another Casey Anthony...no evidence...She was there when her roomate was murdered involved into same sick game...and now...oh she's any angel...Feel sorry for Meredith Kercher family

      October 3, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gdenni

      I agree.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Davethecanuck

      Really.... have not had reason to believe otherwise? Not one?

      Well then there's no hiding it... you... are a complete idiot.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • caw

      Do you spend time in the prosecutor's head? Because his fantasies are about the only evidence presented against Knox.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • US

      Above all.........if they were room mates? Of course her DNA would be all over the room. I am so glad she was declared innocent! Wow – that is awesome!

      October 3, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • no name

      that is why her parents are broke. Are you kidding me? Use your head!

      October 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeepG

      While one girl did lose her life, that does not mean tht Ms Knox should go to jail just to compensate. It has not been proven that she or her boyfriend committed murder.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miller

      I guess all the DNA evidence helped you with your decision making? It's about DNA...not opinions!!!!!!

      October 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      I think the jury disagreed.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      And justice prevailed honestly...

      October 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • cj

      Amazing how white girls get off scott free and black men and women are jailed for life except OJ. Wait bright and cheerful women can kill...

      October 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • I smell crap

      Why don't you just come out and say what you think. Don't hide behind race, we know that you think, it was George W Bush or a Tea Party member.
      As for me I think it was Colonel Mustard, in the Library, with a Candlestick.

      October 3, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • lalchi

      Justice did prevail! There was ZERO evidence to tie Amanda and Rafaelo to the crime. The guilty man in behind bars and two innocent young people will finally be free. If you know of evidence that ties them to the murder, you probably should have come forward with it instead of posting things online saying that you KNOW they're guilty.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teleri

      What evidence is there that makes those screaming murderer so certain? No motive, no physical evidence, nothing – plus the actual murderer is behind bars serving time right now (Rudy Hermann Guede). Where does all this misdirected hate come from?

      October 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damian

      And you know this how Einstein? They had no eveidence on her..........Van Der Sloot is another story and he's admitted to killing the girl in Peru.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don't ask don't tell

      Don't hide behind race, tell us what you really think. You think it was George W Bush or some Tea Party member!
      As for me, I think it was Colonel Mustard, in the Library, with a Candlestick.

      October 3, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Riot Police

      Amen

      October 3, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • robh

      Really, you didn't see she was innocent? Did you even pay attention? Did you even know the prosecutor was convicted of a crime because of his own misconduct in another trial? And guess what, he used the same thing on Knox, which the court had to throw out. Neither she nor her boyfriend were guilty of this horrible crime. The guy that did it is serving 16 years.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • yes

      idiot , she was just released

      October 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris R

      What you mean to say is "My opinion, at a remove of several thousand miles, about Knox's guilt outweighs the opinion of an 8 person jury (including two judges) who sat in on the evidence and testimony for days."

      October 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • strat4jazz

      I'm sorry Doakes...... we you at the scene? Were you present for every minute of trial and evidence disclosure ? If the Appeals court is justified in their finding then that young lady is free to leave. STOP passing judgment upon things you weren't present to view or involved with the case. Good Lord

      October 3, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      Guilty? there was nothing connecting her to the crim. The police screwed up the first time and now that the truth has come out.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • eab

      Someones isn't guilty until proven otherwise. A little nugget you should take with you.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ceri

      Why should anyone have to prove she is innocent? The question is whether there is enough reliable evidence to prove her guilty. There was not, so she should go free.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • rick

      BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT........Keyword here......

      October 3, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • s1e00865

      does it matter

      October 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      and justice prevails honestly...

      October 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • g flanders

      Your's is the kind of mind set that leads to the execution of the innocent in the USA

      October 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miranda

      You people are ridiculous. You're complete strangers and you think you know that she killed her? Nobody will really know for sure except the two on trial. But the fact that there is not one piece of ACCURATE evidence supporting that theory, an educated individual would have to assume she is innocent.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nix

      Ditto to what Debbie said.
      And Doakes, please educate yourself on the details of this case before you make comments without any basis. The man who committed this horrible murder is in prison. His DNA was found all over Meredith's bedroom and body. No one else's DNA was found in her room. I think this speaks volumes to innocence, for Amanda and Raffeal.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • comment

      I read from a very early on article that Knox's family is not rich. Her money had to borrow money to buy a ticket to fly out to Italy. So no, I don't believe she got off because of her rich family. The appeal court must have found little evidence to keep the two. Even independent investigators have said the evidence was all contaminated per CNN article....But still, sad for the roommate.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • B-real

      Why racist? In America the evidence at hand would have been clearly insufficient to convict.........whether she was white,black,rich or poor. Anthony Davis wasn't rich or white but his case stayed in the spotlight far longer. I see no basis for racist/rich remarks here!

      October 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      How about another man's DNA all over the body and in the body? Did you hear about that? Is that enough evidence for you? Idiot!

      October 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seen it All

      You should read Douglas' "Monster of Florence". Mignini is a corrupt and incompetent government official who shouldn't be allowed near a court room.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • northernCA

      The prosecutor needs to be charged with criminal behavior for abusing his position AGAIN. And you should be prosecuted for blindly following the Pied Piper. You need to learn to think for yourself.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nunya

      justice has prevailed!!

      October 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      How do you know she's guilty, other than your own ignorant "gut feeling".

      October 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • firefly

      What makies you think her fsamily is rich?? they held a lot of fundraisers topay for her defense and for them to travel back and forth. they are a middle class american family!!!

      October 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Val

      I agree that it probably was money and/or heavy influence from the State Department which was her saving grace. Sometimes justice seems reserved only for the wealthy.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alison

      Nothing has proven that she is guilty either.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • StarryEyed

      Racist? Please the only DNA found was from African dude, who obviously killer Meredith.

      I guess you couldn't possbily understand that concept though could you. Hope you are never on a jury.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      They can always lock someone else up for the crime.

      The burden of proof is on the accuser, if you don't like it, leave the Council of Europe.
      The US doesn't have a spelled-out mandate as they do.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Max

      Who are you to say? Have you read the trial transcripts? There was no evidence against Amanda and her boyfriend. All the physical evidence (inside Meredith and in the room where she was killed) belong to Guede. There was no evidence that put Amanda and her boyfriend at the scene, no motive, nothing. There was only a vendetta by the Italian prosecutor (who himself was just recently CONVICTED of prosecutorial misconduct!) The true killer is behind bars.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • incognito

      and what makes you think she is guilty??? the false confession that was given under a brutal interrogation, with no lawyer, no interpreter, no sleep for over 50 hours? or the total absence of and physical evidence including DNA? What seems to be overlooked by everyone that thinks she is guilty is that they already have the murderer in jail, the ONLY one that they have DNA evidence against. There is absolutely no physical evidence what so ever that puts her and her boyfriend in that house, none, zip, Nada, nil...you cant convict on speculation and innuendo alone...can you?

      October 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seattlite

      Although it is true that there wasn't clear evidence that she was completely innocent you have to remember that someone else plead guilty to the crime, and the police completely tore this case apart you can't blame her for shoddy police work. And about the comment of her parents having enough money that isn't true they had help paying for trial cost by many supporters, and independent organizations. Although it was an unfortunate series of event she can't be held accountable for something that detectives can't even prove, and besides its not as if she can just pick up and continue on with her life as if nothing happened she will always be plagued with the quilt and sadness and sorrow that all of this has brought about.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • MelB

      The facts are that the man whose fingers prints and DNA were all over the room inside and outside of that poor girls body ~ is in jail. There is absolutely NO EVIDENCE supporting Amanda or Raffaele were ever one foot into that bedroom! Instead of all blaming the "pretty little american girl" maybe you should look at the pure facts. Also ~ how many of you fact finders know that the Prosocuter was convicted himself from tampering with evidence and unlawful prosecution?? I wonder when that particular cult enthusiast will start spending his time behind bars for that little miss-step.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      My wife and I arrived home last week from three weeks in Italy visiting her mother and grandmother who turned 100. Our family, relatives and friends in Italy believed that Amanda Knox was innocent from the beginning and have always believed that their judicial system and the police wanted make her a martyr because she was young, naive and from the USA. Many want to see her in prison only because she is young, nice looking, from the USA and all think her family has money. The Knox family went into debt like most any family would do to free their innocent daughter or son.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CJ

    Seriously, if you can't be bothered to read the actual article, don't be bothered to comment.

    I'm not extremely familiar with the Italian judicial system, but I'll still be surprised if they overturn the verdict. And has anybody else noticed that she ALWAYS seems to be smirking? I can't decide if she's actually smirking or if it's just her resting facial expression.

    October 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • seattle cris

      So she should rot in Italy because you can't read her smirk? come ON

      October 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      No, actually, just stating that it's hard to tell. Also, if you'll read my initial comment, you'll see that I don't say whether I think she's guilty or not-guilty. I just don't expect them to overturn the verdict.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Smirking? Are you serious? Such superficiality. Shoo.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chris

    CNN you say there's a verdict. Where is it? Come on now!!!!

    October 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Capercorn

      Typically, there is a delay in between the announcement that a verdict has been reached, and the actual reading of the verdict.

      CNN reported just that. The actual verdict will be read in about 70 minutes.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      READ THE FREAKING ARTICLE. It says the verdict will be announced at 3:30pm, ET.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. us1776

    Guede = career criminal = confessed = GUILTY

    Knox & Sollecito = no evidence = not there = INNOCENT

    October 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jmoney

      testify!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      October 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • B-real

      Like it or not the evidence is lacking for a conviction for Knox. In America she'd be free long time ago. People please stop reading facial expressions as a sign of guilt.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damian

      Exactly!

      October 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tiffany

      Exactly! The guilty one(with DNA evidence) is already in prison. Why did they waste 4 years of Amanda and Rafael's life? Because they wanted to be "heros" and find the killer. I am surprised they even found evidence with Mr. Guede!!!!!

      October 3, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriously..

      Sollecito's DNA was in her bra clasp. And he claimed Amanda was with him at his house that night...it just doesn't make sense... they have to be guilty.

      October 3, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mandy

    I can tell by the look in her eyes they are letting her go ..

    October 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennifer

      Wow, you and she are both mind readers. She doesn't have a clue what the verdict is yet. I'd be surprised they let her go. They may overturn part of the verdict but I don't think they will overturn the entire thing.

      October 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Patrick

    Seriously, who gives a damn...

    October 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ally

      Dude, just go back to sleep.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mama Mia

    Hope you like pasta.

    October 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Laurijst

    @bobcat – why would CNN wait? The jury has stopped their deliberations, a verdict has been reached that will be announced at 3:30. You don't think that's news?!

    @Karen – oh, you must have been there! Did you testify at the trial? Or at least you must have watched the entire trial, right? Or read the complete transcript? And understand Italian law? Otherwise by all means explain what you base your statement.

    October 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lawyer2021

    She'll be found innocent and allowed to come home to the US!

    October 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • L

      Rightfully so!

      October 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damian

      Yes! And she should!

      October 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • FreeWillie

      She is doing cartwheels as she exits the courtroom

      October 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Caitlin

    If there's anything right in this world Amanda will have her conviction overturned and be set free. The real murderer, Guede, is already in prison. There's your justice for Meredith. I'm sure she would no longer wish to see her friend/roommate imprisoned for her murder to which Amanda did not commit.

    October 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • A'Drew

      And you know this how. Were you creeping that night?

      October 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caitlin

      @A'Drew Naturally.

      October 3, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Damian

      I agree when looking at the case and all the flimsy eveidence.....she should be freed and was !!

      October 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
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