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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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106.

Ginger    

OK kids, for those of you who keep asking 'Well then who killed Meredith??' and saying 'Oh great, another white girl goes free,' Rudy Guede, whose DNA was all over Meredith and all over the house, who had Meredith's money and cell phone on him at the time of his arrest in Germany, is in jail for her murder. The insane Italian prosecutor decided he'd spruce up his career with a nonsense satanic sex murder angle, and two kids suffered for it. Here's hoping his career is now over.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Meredith_Kercher#Guede_trial_and_appeals

1024 days ago
107.

JoeFrancis    

Beautiful people get off (pun intended) more often than unattractive people, that is life.

1024 days ago
108.

john johnson    

troy davis didn't do it either!

1024 days ago
109.

Jeff Dranetz    

I am glad. I thought she was railroaded. We take our justice system for granted and expect other democracies to be as equally fair, which isn't the case.

1024 days ago
110.

lisa    

Here comes the interviews and autobiography ugh. BTY The Italian prosecution can go to the supreme court to appeal this verdict. Hopefully they will.

1024 days ago
111.

bboy    

...and people STILL believe in the death penalty????

1024 days ago
112.

JACK    

AMEN! THANK YOU GOD! CONGRATS AMANDA AND THE WHOLE KNOX FAMILY! I AM SO GLAD FOR YOUR FAMILY! FOR THOSE OF YOU WITH IGNORANT RUDE COMMENTS ABOUT THIS YOUNG LADY WHO TRY TO COMPARE HER TO CASEY ANTHONY ARE NUTS! SHAME ON YOU ALL!!! THERE IS NO COMPARISON!!!!! YOU HAD BETTER HOPE THOSE OF YOU WHO THINK SHE IS GUILTY DON'T EVER END UP IN A SITUATION LIKE SHE DID...ANYWAYS, RUDY GUEDE'S BLOOD AND DNA WAS ALL OVER THE ROOM AND ON AND INSIDE THE DEAD GIRLS BODY AS HE RAPED HER. AND BY THE WAY HER BOYFRIEND AND HER ARE NO LONGER A COUPLE ACCORDING TO NEWS SOME TIME AGO.

1024 days ago
113.

Erick    

Vergogna!!

1024 days ago
114.

Kevin    

Why is this even on TMZ? Stick to celeb nonsense guys.

1024 days ago
115.

John_Dunkel    

Stop acting stupid people, she is innocent. Rudy Guede's fingerprints were found on the bloody wall plus on the bra. Also he confessed the murder and told his inmates in jail he was the only one in the room during the murder. Italian police just messed up and found DNA in Amanda's room. So they busted her too. But here's the thing. Amanda lived in that room. Of course there would be DNA of her all over the place.

1024 days ago
116.

jack     

imagine living with the guilt of having murdered somebody and walking free?

1024 days ago
117.

CriticXtreme    

She was the caucasian version of Troy Davis (RIP) but with a better outcome. Being a different shade and with a vagina always wins.

1024 days ago
118.

Abi    

WOW!!! What's up with all white female party girls who kill left and right and get FREE for that!
Of course the marijuana boy - aka black boy killed her, right?!

And now as soon as she touches down american land she will be a millionaire! Book deals, interviews etc.

RIP Meredith!

1024 days ago
119.

Rich    

Great news, the Italian prosecutors are worst then those in the USA. They all are crooked and look to charge anyone with a crime, whether guilty or not.

1024 days ago
120.

jim nasium    

HAHAHAHHA - GLuck Amanda - oh and BTW - the S**t you got into has
cost your family MILLIONS in expenses!! - Thank god Daddy has a Deal for
a Television Movie with Tampon TV....I mean Lifetime Television

1024 days ago
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