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.”

Do you feel your views align with those of these commenters? Post a comment below or sound off on video

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

soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Mark L.

    100% Agreed with statement, "“Justice prevailed and Amanda Knox is free. Enough said.”

    Amanda Knox – WELCOME BACK HOME !!!!

    October 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. beachrat

    1. There is no reason to believe that more then one person committed this horrible crime, and in fact all the evidence reflects that . The only reason Amanda Knox was accused and convicted was due to the sick fantasies of the lead prosecutor.Jusstice was finally done Monday.

    October 4, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andreas Moser

    If only Amanda had met Silvio: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/a-match-made-in-italy/

    October 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Monica Benziger

    First let me say that my prayers go out to Meredith Kercher's family. Your love one Meredith will never be forgotton here in the USA or Italy.
    I am happy that Amanda Knox and her ex boyfriend are FREE. I have been following this story from day one and you
    could see that all the prosecutor wanted was to twist the facts and victimize the innocent Amanda, Raffaele, and most
    especially the Kercher family by having them believe that the DNA evendence pointed to Amanda, and Raffaele. When it all poined to Rudy Guede, He is the only guilty one .

    October 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • guigui2k5

      Please tell me how this can happen – Rudy Guede is in jail, convicted of the crime of murdering Meredith Kercher. He then testifies (where this testimony take place, I do not know) against Knox and her boyfriend and, for doing so, has a THIRTY YEAR sentence reduced to SIXTEEN years (FOR MURDER!). Subsequently, yesterday to be specific, Knox and her boyfriend are acquited of the charges. Does Guede still get the reduced sentence? Does no one else see how obvious a reason he had to testify against them? Wouldn't you have? Shouldn't his sentence be returned to the original THIRTY YEARS, which for this brutal murder seems incredibly light to begin with?

      October 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anomic Office Drone

    Website commentors seem to know even less than the people on Jay Walking. That said, none of us can really know what happened that night. With so much doubt, whether actual or stirred up by the media, it's nice to know she is coming home and getting some shot at normalcy.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I'll visit Italy one day...

    October 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u.

      Just don't do it as a student.

      October 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pmk1953

    This prosecutor tried to bring charges against a journalist who wrote a book about this case. He tried to say that since the writer knew so much about the case, he must be involved. The writer was interrogated for several hours, but didn't fall into the traps the prosecutor tried to set with brow beating and double talk.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. M. jenkins

    I think it's very sad that she was kept in jail all that time. it seems like the priority was saving face rather than seeing justice served. It was served yesterday! I have prayed for Amanda and I am so happy that the truth has prevailed in this situation for both she and her former boyfriend. We all still have to be mindful that a family lost their beloved daughter on that day and we should continue to pray that justice would be served for that family, and that the true criminal would be prosecuted for this terrible, terrible crime against that beautiful young woman. it shouldn't matter to us what country she was from we should always want to see justice served. I hope ahd pray that the prosecutor comes to the realization that he didn't have a leg to stand on in this case. I hope he will let it rest and expend his energy on the more important matter, prosecuting the real criminal.

    October 4, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      I will say that I actually do not sympathize with the Kercher family at this point. They lost their daughter, and that is terrible, but they railroaded an innocent person, and there is a lot of evidence to show they did so for financial gain.

      In Italy you are allowed to take civil action alongside a criminal trial. If they had been found guilty, the Kercher family would stand to gain $36 million in damages.

      They did NOT, however, seek out such damages from Guede, whose DNA is in the body, presumably because he is in poverty.

      My theory is that the Kercher family saw their payday, and sought to put two innocent people in jail so they could make millions of dollars. I think it is time to put them on trial.

      October 4, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod in Texas

      Sadly, the prosecutor isn't going to let it rest. He's already said he's going to file an appeal to Italy's High Court. I wonder if their high court has the same luxury as ours and can choose not to hear the case? I think even if they did overturn the appeal, the US would not extradite Amanda Knox back to Italy. Not with that shady of a case.

      October 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Yucaipadave

    Welcome home, Amanda.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mimsy

    @M. Jenkins:
    She was in prison because she was convicted... Her conviction was appealed and overturned. Obviously, the first jury saw fit to convict her.

    October 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mimsy

    In fact, that's how the courts work. Get a trial, get convicted, get an appeal. Simple. Sometimes convictions get overturned, like this one did. She WASN'T found innocent...remember that, people...

    October 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod in Texas

      Actually she was! If a guilty verdict is overturned, she therefore becomes Not Guilty which is the same as Innocent. Ever hear of the phrase Innocent until proven Guilty? She is no longer Guilty which again, makes her Innocent.

      October 4, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jan

    I believe the judge who read the decision did acquit them and declare them innocent.

    October 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Baci from Perugia

    Giuliano Mignini should have lived during the faschist era...... He is still there, probably a leftist and a disgrace of the Italian justice system. Maybe the Italians enjoy theatrics in the first instance, only to become serious in the second..Opera Buffa.....

    October 4, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. guigui2k5

    Sara, please join us here on planet earth. That diatribe about financial motivation by the Kerchers for seeking justice where they were lead by a bizarre italian prosecutor is beyond the pale. Their daughter was brutally murdered, they were lead to believe what the prosecutor seduced them too, along with an incredibly inattentive jury in the first trial. C'MON!

    October 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rod in Texas

    People are comparing this case to Casey Anthony and these two cases aren't even close. It was quite obvious that Casey Anthony killed her daughter. It was proven beyond a reasonable doubt that she buried her daughter in the shallow grave. The ONLY reason she was acquitted is because the coroner couldn't positively say how the child died. If he could have proven she was murdered, Casey Anthony would have been found guilty. In this case, the victim was murdered. There was DNA evidence EVERYWHERE and none of it belonged to Amanda Knox. They said they found a very tiny spot of blood on a knife. Check my kitchen and I'm sure you'll find blood on my knives as well. People cut themselves while cooking. The apartment was overridden with DNA evidence from Guede and the only DNA they could find of Amanda was on a knife. That is stupid. She was innocent all along.

    October 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
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