Amanda Knox Edges Closer to Freedom

Even prosecutor now thinks she may be released
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Sep 8, 2011 1:16 AM CDT
Amanda Knox attends an hearing of her appeals case at the Perugia court in Italy yesterday.   (AP Photo/Stefano Medici)
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(Newser) – Amanda Knox can almost see daylight. Court developments in her murder trial appeal are all falling her way, strongly indicating that she could soon be released. Even the once-confident prosecution is prepared for the case to go either way, reports ABC News. "The judge and his assistant are clearly against us," a lead prosecutor tells the Daily Mail. "I can see both Knox" and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito "being freed, which will be a shame as they are both involved." As for Amanda, she's "happy and hopeful," said dad Curt Knox, reports People.

The judge in the case has refused to allow new DNA testing of evidence after original findings in the 2007 murder of Knox's British roommate were challenged by expert testimony. He has also blocked prosecution moves to introduce newly discovered records about the original tests and to present a new witness. They have "no case left," declared Curt Knox. The hearing has been adjourned until late this month when final arguments will be presented. Amanda's parents will be allowed to visit her in prison tomorrow.

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