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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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121.

Elizabeth    

I have serious doubts about her guilt or innocence due to her weird behavior after the murder. If she is innocent, I bet she will know how to conduct herself in the future in another country.

1023 days ago
122.

MyOpinionOnly    

Man there are some retarded people on here who obviously didn't see any of the trial or read what was going on. This prosecutor has the reputation of lying and fitting the case to what he wants it to be. He will also be going on trial for his shady tactics. Amanda was railroaded from the beginning because she was young and naive. They hounded her for 50 hours straight and confused her and tripped her up purposely to fit their story when they knew it didn't fit anything. Then they get Rudy (who left DNA everywhere) to say they were involved by bribing him with time off his sentence! How is that justice? Amanda never even had a boyfriend before she met Rafaello! So for those who say she's this vixen and whatnot obviously only get their info from the salacious headlines and lies that the Italian Press put out. This was a truly tragic case for all parties involved, but Meredith DID get her justice since her TRUAE KILLER is in jail. Casey Anthony is nothing like this extremely bright, kind, shy girl. Casey is a lying, dirty ho who was able to lie her way to freedom. Casey is living her karma now. Amanda will never have that over her head since she was innocent from the beginning. I swear people, just do a little research and discover the truth yourselves instead of buying into the obvious political propoganda that this disgusting, perverted proscecutor has been spreading. With a crime scene of that magnitude, it's IMPOSSIBLE to not leave any DNA or shred of evidence of yourself. Duh!

1023 days ago
123.

yaok    

Americans are only happy becasue she is American...if this had happened in the US and it was the Italian being released there would be an uproar!

1023 days ago
124.

Vee    

You people sicken me put yourself in her position there were no eviddnce the other guy whos dna was found everyiwhere that night only got 16 years in prison and the girl that had nothing to do with the crime was given 26?! Ok next time someone gets murdered and the fingers is on you meanwhile u didnt do it and there is abs no valid evidemce will see how you will feel? Only god knows the truth but putting someone who lived with her to jail just because is ****** up not to mention that the guy who actually killed her is behind bars !

1023 days ago
125.

Cujeaux    

The trolls that are slamming people for their negative opinions about Ms. Slut are the least likely types to have the patience to look at ALL of the evidence and are quick to rush to judgement. Is it because she's american, a slut or both? How can you relate to and support such trash?

1023 days ago
126.

Rogue Warrior    

What up all you emotionally illiterate, Nancy Disgrace following, irrational, rode wet, mental midgets? NOT GUILTY, NOT GUILTY, NOT GUILTY!

1023 days ago
127.

Rogue Warrior    

I wanna buff Amanda's beaver!!!!!!!!!!!

1023 days ago
128.

Nyd    

People who think this chick murdered her Flatmate are retarded, Rudy Guede raped and murdered Kercher. I have no clue why the prosecutor came up with all this phoney sex/satanist rubbish.

The Prosecutor is the Geralado Rivera of Prosecutor's, whose under investigation himself.

1023 days ago
129.

John_Dunkel    

I find it amazing that people still play the race card when Rudy Guede the black guy himself confessed to have raped and murdered that girl all by himself. You make black people look stupid.

1023 days ago
130.

Lisa G    

So, she got 3 years for a false accusation. How many years will the schmuck who falsely accused her get??

1023 days ago
131.

Rogue Warrior    

I love hot women who get away with murder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1023 days ago
132.

Smashyb03    

I do not believe this girl is completely innocent. That's not for us to decide, I guess. Young women are smarter than the average bear these days... getting off for murder and all.

1023 days ago
133.

God-Of-Lyf    

GREAT, So your saying we now have two known killers walking the streets freely in the US? Lock your doors people. Just Saying...!

1023 days ago
134.

ernest    

Why on Earth didint this tomboy study in America ??????? the lousy tomboy

1023 days ago
135.

Maggie    

Free to kill again. Really funny to see that 75% of users of an American webpage believe that the American didn't kill her friend. You should start that poll in Europe, you would be shocked.

1023 days ago
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