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December 15, 2011 at 1:39 PM

The Guardian: Judge ridicules attempts to demonize Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox the day she arrived back in Seattle

The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. has a piece today,
Amanda Knox trial was flawed at every turn, says appeal judge, on the 143-page statement by Italian Judge Pratillo Hellman, who presided over the appeals trial that overturned Amanda Knox’s conviction in the killing her British roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, in 2007.

The Guardian reports that Judge Hellman found the police investigation and evidence faulty and does not see it pointing to either Knox, of West Seattle, or her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. The judge notes that in the statement by the judge in the original trial, the word “probably” was used 39 times.

From The Guardian story:

Hellman ridicules attempts to demonise Knox because she bought G-string underwear days after the murder “rather than a more conservative type of underwear,” and dismisses investigators’ suspicions of Knox after she kissed Sollecito before questioning and turned cartwheels at the police station. Her behaviour, he writes, “was part of a need to find a minimum of normality in the context of a tragic situation.”

Judge Hellman did not speculate on just what happened the night Kercher, an exchange student from England, was stabbed in the neck and bled to death in the apartment she shared with Knox and two other roommates.

A third person, Rudy Guede, was convicted in Kercher’s death.

Knox is back in Seattle after spending four years in an Italian prison. She was acquitted and arrived home in early October.

Today her family released a statement regarding the judge’s findings:

We are pleased that the motivations, filed by the judge in Amanda’s appeal trial, reiterate and reaffirm what we have known all along, that Amanda had absolutely nothing to do with the tragic and terrible murder of Meredith Kercher.

As the motivations point out, there was never any evidence or proof against her. The prosecution’s theory against her was only that…a theory that had no basis in fact and therefore could not be proven.

Amanda and we are satisfied with the motivations and take heart in the strength of the judge’s words and proclamation of her innocence.

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