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.