Italian Court Completely Acquits Book Author Amanda Knox; Court Slams Prosecutors and Media for Knox’s 8-Year Ordeal
The highest court of Italy released an official statement on Monday that finally acquitted Amanda Knox from the murder case. Did the court commit errors? Read on for more details.
The Italian Supreme Court of Cassation further explained their stand through a 52-page statement as to why they withdrew their sentence of murder against “Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir” author Amanda Knox, 28.
The decision was reportedly due to “glaring errors,” “investigative amnesia,” and “guilty omissions” made by the prosecutors. The court also said the prosecutors were not able to provide the “whole truth” that would prove Knox’s guilt, CNN reported.
The Italian court said if these mistakes were not committed, the decision to acquit Knox and Rafaelle Sollecito, Knox’s ex boyfriend, would have been made earliest as possible.
The court, instead, slammed the media for giving too much attention, which reportedly led to putting pressure on the Perugian authorities. The court called it “sudden acceleration” especially during the first stages of the investigation.
“That has meant that the investigations suffered a sudden acceleration, which, in the frantic search for one or more culprits to be delivered to international public opinion, certainly did not (facilitate) seeking the truth,” the judges reportedly said.
Knox, along with ex boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, were first convicted of murdering Meredith Kercher last 2007. The two defended themselves for almost eight years due to doubts on evidences presented.
And because of the court’s decision of complete acquittal, Knox and Sollecito can move on and enjoy their lives freely.
In her personal website, the “Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir” author thanked all her supporters who stood beside her along the years.
“Today would have not been possible without your unwavering support,” Amanda Knox said.
Photo source: Scott335 via Wikimedia Commons/Amanda Knox