Italy's Top Court Slams Acquittal of Amanda Knox
It releases reasoning for March decision
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2013 8:03 PM CDT
In this Oct. 4, 2011, file photo, Amanda Knox appears at a news conference in Seattle after being freed in Italy.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(Newser) – Italy's highest court today spelled out why it thinks Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito should be retried for the murder of Meredith Kercher. The Court of Cessation blasted the logic behind their acquittals as "absolutely inadequate" and marred by "shortcomings, contradictions, and inconsistencies." Among the specifics, as reported by Reuters, the AP, and the Guardian:

  • Knox's false accusation: Knox initially told police that local bar owner Diya "Patrick" Lumumba was the killer, though police later determined he was innocent. "Even though she was young, Knox was a mature girl with an adequate level of culture, born and raised in a country whose laws don't permit one to gratuitously accuse someone else just to get out of an embarrassing situation," the high court wrote. It felt the appellate court gave this too little attention. (Knox has said police coerced her.)
  • Written statement: Knox's statement to police states that she vaguely remembers being in the kitchen and trying to cover her ears to avoid Kercher's screams. The high court considers that another piece of undervalued evidence.

  • Sex game: The high court resurrected the theory that Kercher was killed during an "erotic game" that spun out of control. It wants the new trial to more carefully examine the theory, along with the notion that Rudy Guede—the only person still jailed for the slaying—didn't act alone. Fine, says Sollecito's attorney. "If there was an erotic game then there needs to be a search for the other people involved, who are certainly not Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox."
  • Big picture: The high court "said the judges in the appeals case had underestimated the evidence against the two accused, assessing clues one by one and not stepping back to view the big picture," says Reuters.

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Over the Road Steve
Jun 19, 2013 7:22 PM CDT
Don't they have the concept of double jeopardy over there? She was charged, tried in a legal trial, and found innocent. Right or wrong, she was found innocent. She certainly couldn't be tried again for the same crime in this country. If she is currently in the US, she shouldn't have to go back to Italy. She beat the rap.
Jun 19, 2013 7:01 PM CDT
Oh, right. Side with a corrupt prosecutor and news about the case as presented by by gossipy tabloids! As an Italian-American, I am totally ashamed of the way the Italian court system has handled this case. Everyone involved in this witch hunt needs to get down on their hands and knees and apologize profusely to Knox and her family.
Jun 19, 2013 1:34 PM CDT
Crap. They had a crap case that revealed their crappy halfwitted "legal system" to the rest of the world, revealing them for the clowns that they are, and are now viciously doing anything to try to wipe just a little bit of the egg off of their face.