Thursday, January 30, 2014

Amanda Knox Found Guilty!

In a strange twist of events, Amanda Knox has been found guilty of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy during a retrial.

The trial, which ended today sends Knox to prison for nearly twenty-nine years. Her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito was sentenced to twenty-five years; the couple have since split. Knox, 26 did not attend the trial in Italy as she is a student at the University of Washington but CNN does not believe that she will serve any time. She has already spent four years in prison during the initial trial, which was originally a twenty-six year sentence. After being convicted, Knox had this to say: "First and foremost it must be recognized that there is no consolation for the Kercher family. Their grief over Meredith's terrible murder will follow them forever. Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system. The evidence and accusatory theory do not justify a verdict of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Rather, nothing has changed. There has always been a marked lack of evidence. My family and I have suffered greatly from this wrongful persecution. This has gotten out of hand. Most troubling is that it was entirely preventable. I beseech those with the knowledge and authority to address and remediate the problems that worked to pervert the course of justice and waste the valuable resources of the system: overzealous and intransigent prosecution, prejudiced and narrow-minded investigation, unwillingness to admit mistake, reliance on unreliable testimony and evidence, character assassination, inconsistent and unfounded accusatory theory, and counterproductive and coercive interrogation techniques that produce false confessions and inaccurate statements." We will have more news as we receive it!

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