Hope for Amanda Knox: Court Grants DNA Review
Her appeal hinges on it
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2010 12:53 PM CST
Amanda Knox is escorted by penitentiary guards.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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(Newser) – A rare bit of legal good news for Amanda Knox: An appeals court in Italy has agreed to allow an independent review of the DNA evidence used to convict her and Raffaele Sollecito, reports the Telegraph. The review is their best of hope of having their murder convictions overturned in the slaying of Meredith Kercher. Prosecutors used DNA evidence found on a knife and on Kercher's bra strap to help convict the two.

"Finally a little bit of good news," said Knox's mother, Edda Mellas, who is in Italy to be near daughter over Christmas. It comes a few days after an appeals court upheld the conviction of a third person, Rudy Hermann Guede, in the attack. As for Knox, both AP and the Telegraph used the phrase "hunched and pale" to describe her today.