Overheard on CNN.com: Knox innocent, readers say
Amanda Knox's murder conviction and eventual exoneration on appeal have stirred strong opinions in the U.S. and abroad.
October 4th, 2011
12:35 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Knox innocent, readers say

Comment of the morning:

“Justice prevailed and Amanda Knox is free. Enough said.” - Guest

Knox free and coming home

After nearly four years, Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were dramatically cleared of the murder of Meredith Kercher on Monday in Italy. While Kercher’s family is still seeking the truth, Knox is already on her way back home to her native Seattle.

Thousands of CNN.com readers posted comments about the overturned convictions. Most say they believe Knox is innocent - mainly pointing to evidence against Rudy Guede, who was convicted separately of involvement in the killing and already is serving 16 years in prison.

jimmy009 said, “The strange thing is this is actually a pretty straightforward case. Every sign points to a drifter with a violent past, who is now in jail for the crime.”

Plainlogik said, “The guilty person whose DNA was ALL over the BLOODY crime scene is already in prison. How do you conclude that if three people are involved, two people wipe down their bloody prints, DNA, hair fibers, semen and come out with no marks ... and perfectly leave the third person's DNA all over the room. Rudy Guede is CLEARLY the guilty person. How much more clear does it need to be?”

allacces responded, “I think most Italians know that Knox is guilty, but the verdict reflects what is in the best interest of the Italian government and people rather than the best interest of the victim's family. If Knox (were) from Thailand, for example, (there would) not be so much pressure to release her. Knox's testimony is very compelling and consistent with guilt; she was there and it is proven. IF she was there, she is guilty!"

bestamerican said, “I don't believe Amanda Knox did this;  she had no reason to do so. ... But, more importantly, this should send a message to the courts: We cannot lock people away with shoddy police work and tainted evidence; we expect more proof than claims from losers and people who switch their stories. ... I am so happy this jury (which had three judges on it) saw through this. I am happy to (see) Amanda come home. Let's welcome her home!”

bpascal responded, “How about a dead British girl stabbed three times in the neck? How about 'Foxy Knoxy' accusing a guy who wasn't there? Grow up.”

TheKithless responded, “@bpascal She didn't accuse him, not in the sense you're implying. The police led her through the story themselves, with a ‘what if.’ Bear in mind that interrogation tactics such as this have an extremely high rate of false confession. How easy would it be for the police to coerce a false implication?”

oops69 said, “The evidence against Rudy Guede: admitted he was in the room; DNA was found all over the crime scene; DNA was found in and on Meredith's body; DNA, along with Meredith’s blood, was found on Meredith's purse; his excrement was found in the toilet; shoe prints set in Meredith’s blood were found in the bedroom and hallway; handprints in Meredith’s blood were found on a pillow case in Meredith's room and on her wall; had a cut on his right hand that was still visible when he was arrested; fled the country.

"All of the evidence at the crime scene pointed to Rudy Guede. Amanda and Raffaele left no evidence at the crime scene. Why? Because Amanda and Raffaele were not there. Rudy Guede murdered Meredith Kercher and he acted alone.”

SayNoLies responded, “The same Italian prosecutors who convicted Guede prosecuted Knox. This may make your mind explode, but do you seriously believe they would have carried on pursuing Knox if they didn't already know from Guede that Knox was involved? But Guede can't testify because of the plea deal. Your mind did explode, didn't it?”

jmtaylor700 responded, “@say no lies. Just like the case against Amanda, you have fabricated your own facts. Guede did not plea-bargain and he did appear to testify in the case against Amanda, but under Italian law he has the right once convicted not to offer any testimony - he invoked his right. It was not some part of some plea-bargain deal that never occurred."

victora said, “This prosecutor should be fired. He sought a conviction with no evidence, just mere speculation and imagination. He is a fool. This poor girl was robbed of four uears of her life and will forever have this stigma over her head. I will never visit Italy, even though I had planned to soon.”

Austrain responded, "I wouldn't give up on all of Italy; many people there also believed she was innocent.”

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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. MM308

    Notwithstanding the haphazard job of the local police department -hardly a rarity in your average american small town- this things is not finished. The "black evil drifter" was allowed in by someone and without forcible entry. during his trial the conclusion was that Knox and Sollecito allowed him in and forcible entry was faked after the homicide. now what? his conviction stands on the fact that he had accomplices who knew the victim. who else had motive opportunity and means? Knox and Sollecito are prime suspects: they changed their story multiple times, lied to close friends -and police-, contradicted their stories multiple times, came up with various alibis and even tried to implicate the wrong black guy, which she knew quite well (Knox was convicted to 3 years in jail for defamation, sentenced to time served...I guess for some americans any random black guys is fair game...sounds familiar, right?)...these are facts that remain to be explained. the same type of facts (lies, contradictions and a flaky character) landed the husband of Lacey Peterson, and hundreds more prosecuted here in the US, on death row. and no automatic three levels of judgement there neither.

    so, people, let's keep the uplifting faux-triumphalism down....

    October 4, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt Sewell

      Wihtout forcible entry? You do realize that the window to Meredith's bedroom was smashed in with a rock, which was still inside the room, right? And you do realize the Guede has a history of breaking into buildings through the window, right?

      No forcible entry, do you know nothing of this case?

      October 5, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      I think it is very obvious what's going on here. Those who believe Knox and Sollecito are guilty base it on heresay and coerced confessions (without lawyers present), not on actual evidence. Those who believe they are innocent base their opinion on facts that have been unveiled during this long meticulous trial. Let me remind everyone that those jurors in Italy can go home everyday and talk to the villagers in the piazzas, discuss the case, watch tv, read tabloids and then turn around and show up in court the next day. They are never screened for bias. So I ask the Kercher family and everyone else, How you can you be so shocked that the verdict was dramatically different in the appeal? Once the world was watching and the independent forensic teams got involved (rather than basing it all on botched police work and cover ups) the truth came out, finally. Let me remind everyone also that the head prosecutor Mignini has his own legal battles for corruption and tampering with evidence in past cases. I lived in Italy for 6 years, I'm very familiar with the cronyism that goes on amongst law officials. If you believe and base this case solely on "he said, she said" then, well, you're just among the other "villagers" that don't understand what's actually occurred.

      October 5, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |


    October 4, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mats

      Sir, your Caps Lock is on. If you would turn it off your point would appear much more valid.

      October 4, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. GC

    You people who think she is guilty should be put thru the same crap! The prosecutor should be condemmed to rot in hell because he is the source of the falsities! And he will. The rest of you need to get some brains!

    October 4, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sam

    You cannot take away twenty five years of a person's life if you cannot follow basic procedures. Amanda Knox should have been released whether she had anything to do with the murder or not because of this fact alone. Unfortunately because of utter incompetence her involvement will never be established, which is unfair on her if she is innocent and unfair on the Kercher family. It furthermore seems wrong that her conviction for falsely accusing Patrick Lumbamba was not also overturned. If I was accused of murder I cannot honestly say I would not have done the same.

    October 4, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pk

    nothing worse than a hysterical prosecutor with his career on the line. add in the nonsense of 'mysterious powers of evil women', the easily led (misled) Italians who rarely act on reason and fact, a media that swoons for international opportunities as this and Lots and LoTS of MONEY, and you have justice that takes longer to fix than a parking ticket in NYC. the sheep are so easily amused indeed!

    October 4, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Suffering_idiots

    @DIANE JASSON. I genuinely feel sorry for you. That chip on your shoulder must be very painful. Guede was not convicted because he was black. He was convicted because his DNA was all over the crime scene. Amanda Knox was not acquitted because she was white or because she was American. She was acquitted because her DNA was NOT anywhere in the crime scene. When will racist people like you realize that we are not all racist. This may surprise you but not all decisions are made based on race.

    October 4, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • KMS

      Well Said Suffering_idiots in regards to DIANE JASSON post. While I know that racism in America is alive; don't think every white person is racist either!!!! Become better then that Diane and raise your kids not to be racist like you.

      October 5, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Andreas Moser

    I am surprised that Silvio Berlusconi didn't invite her to a date: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/a-match-made-in-italy/

    October 5, 2011 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. SSS1

    For everyone who is "so sure" that Amanda Knox is guilty I'd like to steer your direction towards two things: Idaho Innocence Project and the background of Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini.

    October 5, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |

    GUILTY? Simply put...the evidence does NOT support that conclusion! HOWEVER, I'm curious to know what evidence, IF ANY, the jurers were privy to that was NOT shown in the media?? Based sole on WHAT THE MEDIA HAS SHOWN, it is intutively OBVIOUS that Amanda had NOTHING TO DO with this crime.

    How any other conclusion could be arrived at is beyond me.......and I'm NOT that smart!!

    October 5, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Fasteddie

    For some perspective on the corrupt Italian justice system, read Douglas Preston's book "Monster of Florence", which coincidentally features the same Italian prosecutor as Amanda Knox had.

    October 5, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luigi

      If someone belives in the writer,Douglas Preston,you can also belive that dogs fly.
      But dog's don't fly.

      November 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ha

    Aww poor Mignini- lost his case. tsk tsk, also he's exposed to the world for the bum that he is. Appeal you but off, bum- we won't sent an american citizen to a greasball 4th rate sumbag country- anyway. This whole case was a great education for many of us. from an italian american

    October 9, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jackson

    Finally, some thinkers on this site! Cogent thinking. Indeed, the only so-called evidence against Amanda was provided by police after 50 hours of relentless interrogation, none of which were tape recorded as required. And Amanda never admitted to killing Meredith. The police simply broke her down to the point where she allegedly conceded to their supposition: that her African boss could have killed Meredith. But again, this is the result of police manipulation. If not, where are the tapes of this confession as required by law? Why wasn't a lawyer present? Why did the final session, in which Amanda capitulated, go 14 hours?! I would likely say anything to escape someone hammering me for 14 hours!

    Guede, a thief known for break-ins and carrying a knife, killed Kercher. Period. He was with her when she died, although he claimed he was in her bathroom when she was stabbed. Wow, what an alibi?! And such a good one that he fled immediately to Germany...with knife wounds on his hands!

    The entire case was conspiracy nonsense. As absurd as our juries can be (see OJ, Caycee Anthony), I don't think even our simplest minds would find this case credible. Of course, Italy is a beautiful place and should not be avoided over this one case.

    October 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dani D

    Amanda and Raffeale may not have actually held the knife that killed Meredith, but they EACH know something more than what they are saying. Why change stories several times, even when in jail and saying the other person could have even done it Raffeale said he wasn't even sure if she was there the whole night; why turn cell phones off at same time and turn them on early in the AM but told investigators they slept in; why say they were on the computer all night but it was proved the computer had not even been turned on; why wouldn't at least Amanda go to the memorial service; why was her mop at Raffeal's to clean up a leak under sink that in later statements she said could have been cleaned up with a towel; why would she take a shower when she saw door unlocked and and why was a drop of her blood in the bathrom that proved it had been there for one day? Who in their right mind woudl take a shower after admitting to thinking someone had broken in?! I think she was there-not part of the nurder plan, but maybe didn't help because she too was scared to intervene or was part of something until thigns went bad. She was a good girl who got mixed up in the wrong crowd in a foreign country.

    October 10, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
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