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Amanda Knox

Released from Prison,

Murder Conviction OVERTURNED

10/3/2011 12:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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An Italian appeals court has overturned the murder conviction of Amanda Knox -- and the judge has ordered her to be released from custody.

Knox burst into tears -- and was immediately rushed out of the courtroom by armed police officers.

Knox's family plans to fly her out of Italy and back into the U.S. as soon as possible.

Cheers rang out inside the courtroom when the ruling was read. Outside the courthouse, the reaction was more mixed -- with people chanting, cheering and booing.

In 2009, Knox was convicted for the 2007 slaying of her former roommate Meredith Kercher. She was also found guilty of falsely accusing her former employer of the killing. But Knox appealed the verdict ... based, in part, on new information related to the DNA evidence in the case.

While the court overturned Knox's murder conviction, it UPHELD her conviction for falsely accusing her former employer of killing Kercher. Knox was sentenced to 3 years behind bars for that crime, but since she has already spent 4 years in custody, Amanda will not serve any additional time.

The court also overturned the murder conviction of Knox's ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito -- who was also ordered to be released from custody. 

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16.

c    

I'm so glad! There just wasn't enough evidence to convict her and half the prosecution's story didn't make sense. I hope she can get her life back together.

931 days ago
17.

Maria    

Finally justice is don fro Amanda. Now they need to get justice for Meridith.

931 days ago
18.

Miss Bu    

now she is free to kill an American!!

931 days ago
19.

Bubbles The Chimp    

Once again the victim is forgotten and a liar goes off. RIP
Meredith.

Vaffanculo, Amanda. May you live with torturous un-ending self-guilt even though you pretend to be innocent.

931 days ago
20.

RealityBites    

No go away I'm so sick of hearing your damn name you loser bitch....you are not innocent you had something to do with this and now you'll go make a lot of money, I hope Merediths family sues you for any money you make off it. Don't come back to Seattle we don't want you here

931 days ago
21.

adawg    

My heart goes out to Her. 4 years of her life are gone. I hope she gets back to the USA and starts living a normal life again.

931 days ago
22.

STFUP    

She has not been released yet - she won't be for at least a few hours. Your headline is misleading!

931 days ago
23.

shelle    

Praise God Amanda! Now get the hell out of that country and geton with your life! :)

931 days ago
24.

Casey Anthony    

Good for her. The evidence was never there and the police clearly had it in for her from the start.
Now get the hell out of that country and never go back,

931 days ago
25.

JAN    

GUILTY! GUILTY! GUILTY!

931 days ago
26.

Chuck    

Now get your butt back home where it belongs. The Italians are notorious for a lynch mentality syndrome. God bless America.

931 days ago
27.

lalaland    

BOYCOTT Italian imports and tourism for four years to return the favor of this farce tried in the tabloids.

931 days ago
28.

Trayphin    

Yippee, finally they got it right. She is NOT a murderer - maybe a liar but we were not in the room with her when they were questioning her. Now some peace for Meredeth and her family. The killer is already behind bars. Come home safely Amanda.

931 days ago
29.

casso    

She's free but I understand she must paid a lot of money to the other family

931 days ago
30.

Cujeaux    

This is all political. Italy was worried about their relations with the US and didn't want to go against the tide of public opinion here. She better keep her f*ing nose clean now.

931 days ago
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