Italy’s Supreme court on Monday blasted everyone involved in the conviction of Amanda Knox, who was jailed for allegedly killing her former college roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007.
In a no-holds barred, 52-page report explaining the reason why they overturned Knox’s conviction earlier this year, the country’s highest court blasted the police, prosecutors and lower court judges involved in the case for conducting a trial that ‘had oscillations which were the result of stunning flaws, or amnesia.’
What the report was referring to is pretty obvious. In 2009, Knox and her then-boyfriend Rafaele Sollecito were found guilty of Kercher’s murder and each was sentenced to more than 20 years imprisonment. After spending four years in prison, Knox and Sollecito were acquitted by an appeals court. But in 2014, they were again found guilty of the same crime, but the Supreme Court tossed out the conviction in March this year.
In their ruling, the court noted that no biological traces of Knox or Sollecito were found at the crime scene in Perugia, which was a sharp contrast to the ‘copious’ amount of biological evidence left on the scene by Rudy Guede, the suspect who actually carried out the murder. This alone, the court says, should have been enough to prove that they were innocent.
‘There was no shortage of glaring errors in the underlying fabric of the sentence in question,’ the court wrote, adding, ‘The international spotlight on the case in fact resulted in the investigation undergoing a sudden acceleration, that, in the frantic search for one or more guilty parties to consign to international public opinion, certainly didn’t help the search for substantial truth.’
In a statement posted on her website, Knox said, ‘I am deeply grateful that the Italian Supreme Court has filed its opinion and forcefully declared my innocence. This has been a long struggle for me, my family, my friends, and my supporters. While I am glad it is now over, I will remain forever grateful to the many individuals who gave their time and talents to help me. Today would not have been possible without your unwavering support. I will now begin the rest of my life with one of my goals being to help others who have been wrongfully accused.’