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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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46.

Jade    

Poor Meredith...Yall forgot about her. Either white girls come up missing or get away with murder...geesh! Her and Casey should write a double story book titled "How We Got Away With It: The Benefits of Being an American White Woman."I hope the Kercher family gets a huge chunk of the proceeds.

1059 days ago
47.

Abysmal     

There's no scientific evidence that Jesus Christ existed. Please don't believe everything you're told.

1059 days ago
48.

Ron`    

The family had better have a police escort and private jet standing by, and hope the prison Prosecutor can "immediately re-file" and charge her with these crimes all over again. This particular prosecutor has done this on numerous occassions, so Amanda is still very,very,very much in danger until she arrives in US air space. They do not have double jeopardy in the Italian Judicial system- and a delay at the prison can hold her up long enough for the charges to be re-filed and the entire trial to begin again

1059 days ago
49.

3Storms    

Good. Justice served. The real murderer is in jail while an innocent woman is free.

1059 days ago
50.

TheMarshmallowMan    

See that kids, you can get away with murder and get RICH. I bet Dancing With The Stars is already calling for next season,

1059 days ago
51.

Concerned_one    

Free at last!

1059 days ago
52.

katie10    

Ron`: about a minute ago

The family had better have a police escort and private jet standing by, and hope the prison Prosecutor can "immediately re-file" and charge her with these crimes all over again. This particular prosecutor has done this on numerous occassions, so Amanda is still very,very,very much in danger until she arrives in US air space. They do not have double jeopardy in the Italian Judicial system- and a delay at the prison can hold her up long enough for the charges to be re-filed and the entire trial to begin again

No kidding, this prosecutor has major legal issues to deal with himself, he's a total NUT! They should lock him up now. Amanda is free, thank god! Can't imagine the horror this woman has been through. Hey, nutjobs on this site...it's not Casey Anthony all over again. The guy who killed her confused and his DNA was all over the walls and Meredith. Yes, poor Meredith...absolutely...but Amanda Knox didn't do it. DUH! Read the facts, do some research before you make such ignorant comments, good grief! Innocent from day one. Shame on ITALY for this complete injustice to Amanda Knox. Get the hell out of there, now!

Thank god she's free!

1059 days ago
53.

Abysmal     

Jesus Christ is about as real as Santa Claus; they both don't exist ;). Your parents give you false hope in a god in order to try and protect you from reality.

1059 days ago
54.

Del    

@ndingo, they arrested the guy who murdered her, he is serving a 16 year jail term. He admitted it. His name is Rudy Guede.

1059 days ago
55.

Catie LeDuc    

I really wish people would stop comparing her to Casey Anthony! there is NO comparison! If people would take the time to see that they had no evidence, no motive just trumped up charges and DNA that belonged to a known criminal that was no way connected to Amanda or her boyfriend.

1059 days ago
56.

en Todo Momento!!    

maybe she should do lunch/dinner with dr murray. wonder what she'll have? chicken, steak, fish or pork? well, those would be my choices...maybe she likes brain and that kind of stiff.

1059 days ago
57.

Keith    

Offer to pose in Hustler in 5...4...3...2...

1059 days ago
58.

Chris    

Casey Anthony's new roommate.

1059 days ago
59.

Soetoro    

who would put such a hottie in jail

1059 days ago
60.

jpierce26    

This case is so weird. I think the dude she had sex with that night killed her. Not Amanda or her boyfriend. The girls who was killed, the guy she had sex with had DNA everywhere. There was none found of Amanda or her boyfriend. I think they knew about it, but I am just not certain they did it. Its so confusing.

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