October 3rd, 2011

And Justice For All...

I have nothing to say beyond the AP report on this.

I spent 10 years of my life covering murder trials for Gannett and knew that she got the bad end of the stick.

I feel so good at this result that I want to buy a bottle of champagne even though I'm allergic to wine:

(AP) --- An Italian jury has overturned American student Amanda Knox's murder conviction in the 2007 death of her British college roommate Meredith Kercher.

Knox, who will now be freed, was led from the courtroom in tears.

Knox's co-defendant, Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, also had his conviction for murder overturned.

Kercher was found semi-naked with her throat slashed in a villa she and Knox shared in the central Italian university town of Perugia.

Knox and Sollecito's appeal focused largely on DNA evidence found on a knife and on a bra clasp belonging to the victim. Prosecutors and police said Kercher's genetic material was on the blade and Knox's was on the handle, and that Kercher's bra clasp found at the crime scene had Sollecito's DNA.

Defense lawyers and independent experts argued strenuously during the appeal that the DNA testing process was badly flawed and the results should be in admissible.