Help me understand the Amanda Knox case?

I am so confused about all the appeals and verdicts, and I don't know anything about the Italian justice system. Can you just explain what happened with her trials in order? And what is happening now?

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  • 7 years ago
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    Amanda Knox was arrested on suspicion of murdering her roommate in Italy.

    Despite (VERY) questionable "evidence" she was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison in Italy.

    Eventually, her lawyer got her an appeal with a higher court in Italy that overturned the original conviction. Amanda Knox was released from prison, and promptly returned to the US.

    Upset that the higher court made them look like idiots, the original court decided they wanted a retrial. In the US this is not allowed (it's called "double jeopardy") However, apparently the courts in Italy allow these sorts of shenanigans.

    Not surprisingly, Amanda did not return to Italy for the retrial. Also, not surprisingly, the original court found her guilty. Again.

    Now what happens next is unknown. Technically, Italy could ask the US to hand Amanda Knox over to them under the extradition treaty we have with Italy (as we do with many other countries around the world.) The question is...will the US government go along with the sham of Italy's justice system or not?

  • 7 years ago

    It's believed that Knox was the main perpetrator of the murder. A knife was discovered that had Amanda's DNA on the handle and Meredith's DNA on the blade. Amanda's DNA was also found mixed in with Meredith's, which would've been impossible if Amanda was not present. Meredith was not attacked by one person. The other people involved were her boyfriend at the time and another male who is currently serving time. There was DNA evidence from all parties mentioned, and nobody has a straight answer. Several other factors, such as Amanda's cold-blooded reaction to the murder and her changing her account of what happened that night on multiple occasions, lead the authorities to believe that she was the murderer, and that the other two were responsible for assault, along with holding her down while Amanda stabbed her repeatedly.

    A lot of people want to believe she is innocent, possibly because she's female, which is ridiculous, and also largely be due to the fact that she is very convincing as an actor and uses charm to lure people on her side. Psychopaths are notorious for this, yet people continue to believe their lies.

  • 7 years ago

    The Italian justice system is incredibly fair, as it was designed to be foolproof in a country which has had communist and fascist terror groups, and four or five different Mafia organisations which attempt to intimidate politicians and judges.

    Therefore:

    You can always appeal against your verdict, and keep appealing until you get the 'right' answer. At the same time, the prosecution can then appeal to a higher court in case there has been some irregularity at the court which let you off.

  • 7 years ago

    Pooh bear has the gist of it. The only thing left out is that another person has also been arrested and found guilty of the murder, a person for whom there is in fact evidence he was involved. The Italian prosecutors changed their theory from Amanda and her boyfriend committing the murder alone, to somehow being involved with the third person. Despite there being no evidence Amanda and boyfriend were in fact involved with him, as you can see, the Italian system is determined to pretend that it is seeking justice, and not revenge for being shown up as incompetent and/or corrupt.

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  • Pete
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    7 years ago

    I think some people have answered your question, but have forgotten to mention that an Interpol warrant could be issued for her arrest, which basically means if she leaves the USA she could be arrested and sent to Italy to serve her sentence. Italy could also try to enforce their extradition treaty with the USA.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    She got away with it.

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