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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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61.

Giles    

So if Knox is innocent why did she try implicate a truely innocent man? Not really the behaviour of an innocent person is it? No matter what the police are supposed to have done (supposed being the word) if your innocent then you would stick to that rather then trying to screw over an innocent guy (at least she was convicted of that crime).

She shouldn't be allowed to leave Italy until the final appeal has been heard as the prosecution are going to appeal.
Nice to see the family statement mentioned Merideth, no matter how happy they are it would've been nice for them to acknowledge the tragic life lost. Lets remember the real victim in all of this, Meredith Kercher

1116 days ago
62.

ElJay    

I believed she was guilty until about 2 years ago when I spent some time reading a lot about the case. After that it was OBVIOUS that Guede did it and did it alone. His DNA, sperm, poop, footprints were all over the place while there was basically zero evidence of the others being involved. Guede might as well could have left a message "I did it, signed Rudy Guede" because there was so much evidence against him. After that he escaped to Germany while Knox and her boyfriend didn't escape. Guede never mentioned that the others were involved until he found out that he would get 10 years less if he blamed them and then he stuck to that(of many) story. Of course he blamed them. There was so much evidence against him that he would have dragged the Pope down with him if it would have helped him get less.
I would have been surprised if the jury hadn't freed her.
Maybe they should change Guede's sentence from 16 years to life now. THEN justice would be served.

1116 days ago
63.

Cheri    

This is really great

1116 days ago
64.

Diane    

I dont believe she murdered her but i do think she knows what really happened to Meredith, i never knew quite what to make of her she was smiling and waving at cameras- who does that on trial for murder if you're "innocent"

1116 days ago
65.

wow    

Very happy for this young woman. I followed the case from the beginning here in Canada. The true killer is in jail where he belongs.
The prosecutor is freaky and dangerous with an occult obsession. He was facing charges at the time he was prosecuting these two people.
At least the Italian appeal system is better than the US. Justice has prevailed.

1116 days ago
66.

Sociopaths are Sad    

Whether she held the knife that killed Meredith or not is debatable. But I totally think she had a lot to do with Meredith's death. She's a sexual freak and most likely a sociopath. And, because she got away with it, she will do it again. And again. Until she gets caught and pays for it. You'll see. All those people defending her - I hope you get into a sexual 3-way or 4-way or 5-way with her. Amanda seems to associate sex with blood and death - just not hers. SMH

1116 days ago
67.

VictoriaGirl    

Why is everyone calling this murdering little psycho hot? She's plain looking at best.

1116 days ago
68.

The Neko Nation    

PATHETIC! People get away with murder! What about the victim and her family?!?!? Everyone is glad Amanda gets away with murder while another family who lost someone has to sit there and be slapped in the face over and over again.

1116 days ago
69.

Dominga Davila    

She is NO CASEY ANTHONY!! PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BEING SUCH ******** THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT SHE KILLED HER.. THIS GIRL HAS GONE THROUGH HELL AND BACK MAYBE YOU SHOULD BE IN HER SHOES!!! FIND THE REAL MURDERER.. I AM SO HAPPY FOR HER AND HER FAMILY WHO NEVER GAVE UP AND FOUGHT TILL THE END.. THE JUSTICE SYSTEM STILL WORK.. CASEY ANTHONY AND HER FAMILY ARE THE PIECES OF ****.. LIES.. LIES AND LIES SHE LET THE EVIDENCE DISSAPEAR THEN FILED A MISSING CHILDREN.. TOO MUCH TV TEACHES HOW TO KILL AND GET AWAY WITH IT.. CONGRATS AMANDA FREE AT LAST.. MINGA ROCHESTER N.Y

1116 days ago
70.

Marie    

I don't think that poor girl Amanda Knox is a murderer. The italian media was witch hunting her. Glad she is freed.

1116 days ago
71.

jonas    

thank goodness .. that dum dum was already a murderer from the ivory coast !!!

1116 days ago
72.

alex    

its weird that i find amanda attractive,i wish to have sex with her

1116 days ago
73.

CLH722    

Ndingo: "Oh, if I didn't do something I NEVER would say that I did!" Have you ever been interrogated for over 50 hours in a foreign country without legal representation and without a full understanding of the language you are being interrogated in?? Then shut your ignorant pie-hole - the guy who killed Meredith has been caught and convicted and is currently serving his sentence. Why do you feel the need to destroy two other innocent lives to provide "justice" for Meredith? Stop eating all the BS that the media feeds you and learn to think objectively. They did NOT have the evidence to support conviction - hence, why both of these kids are now free to live the rest of their lives. Stop your belly-aching. Justice has been served. This is NOTHING like the Casey Anthony case and anyone who thinks it does spends too much time using TMZ as their only news source.

1116 days ago
74.

bambam    

there is no evidedence to hold her...the knife is a no, testimony from the bum...doesnt count...nothing to hold her on...read the story before making stupid comments...Casey Anthony...please!!!!

1116 days ago
75.

Jess    

I'm not sure why there was such a push for "justice" by keeping Amanda and Raf incarcerated – Rudy Guede was ALL OVER the crime scene, not specks of evidence against him but solid evidence he was there. Guede imprisoned is justice for Meredith. Amanda and Raf had so little against them that it was laughable. Italy wasted 4 years of their lives. That's shameful.

Not to mention, it was PROVEN that neither Amanda Knox or her boyfriends DNA were in the room where Meredith was killed..... When the police didn't follow a protocol and even the knife proved the police wrong.

1116 days ago
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