For the first time since Amanda Knox was acquitted for the murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher, the Italian court is revealing what led them to their shocking decision — including that they believed Amanda was just a ‘scapegoat’ to appease the public.
Amanda Knox, 28, has finally been declared innocent by the Italian courts where she was accused of murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher, in 2007. Now, the courts have revealed their reasoning behind finding Amanda innocent, more or less bashing the “weak” investigation process that nearly led to keeping Amanda and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, behind bars for the rest of their lives.
On Monday, Sept. 7, the Court of Cassation unleashed on Italian police and prosecutors regarding their investigation into the murder of Meredith Kercher. In a 52-page opinion explaining the court’s decision to acquit Amanda Knox as the alleged murderer, the court said that both Amanda and her ex, Raffaele Sollecito, should have been excluded as suspects immediately due to the lack of “biological” evidence against them, reports NBC News.
Even more shocking is that the court slammed the investigation for putting Meredith’s murder on Amanda solely to “please” the public. This “did not aid the search for the truth,” writes the court, who finally acquitted Amanda of the murder charges in March 2015. “There was no shortage of glaring errors in the underlying fabric of the sentence in question,” read the courts statement.
For those of you unfamiliar with the case, Amanda’s roommate Meredith was found lifeless in a pool of her own blood after allegedly suffering up to 40 stab wounds. Both Amanda and her boyfriend at the time were arrested in connection to the murder, and prosecutors claimed that they killed Meredith as part of a “sex game.” However, both Amanda and Raffaele argued that they were home alone when the murder occurred. They were later convicted and served four years of prison time in Italy before the first acquittal in 2011.
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— Lauren Cox