Fans rejoiced in October when Amanda Knox was freed after four years in an Italian jail. On Thursday, a 143-page report was released by the judge who presided over the court’s aquittal, and there are some convincing and interesting details in the report. Many supporters throughout Scottsdale and across the world followed the case for years, convinced that Knox was not involved in the murder of Meredith Kercher. There are those who are not convinced, but perhaps some of the details of this new report will pave the way for Knox getting out from under the cloud of doubt once and for all.
In the new report, broken down by The Guardian, judge Pratillo Hellman says there was no doubt that the evidence did not point to Knox or her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, having done the crime. Hellman ridicules the attempts by prosecutors to make Amanda Knox look suspicious, noting that the often-discussed kiss between Amanda and Raffaele after the murder as one that was “part of a need to find a minimum or normality in the context of a tragic situation.”
Hellman also acknowledged the over-the-top tactics of the investigators during the early days after the murder, where Amanda Knox was pressured at all hours without legal or interpretive assistance. Judge Hellman wrote, “By giving the name [of Patrick Lumumba, who was later cleared] to those who were interrogating her in such a tough fashion, Amanda Knox hoped to end the pressure, which had become, after long hours, a real torment.” The judge goes on to point out the statement she later signed was clearly done by Knox out of “total confusion.”
Also highly criticized by Hellman was the supposed DNA evidence that originally was used to convict Amanda Knox and Raffaele Solllecito. As has already been noted, the murder weapon was never found, and the DNA claimed to have been found had been subjected to tests that “were not completely in line with international scientific protocols.”
All-in-all, supporters of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are glad to see such a detailed report from the judge. While prosecutors claim they will be filing an appeal of her acquittal with the Supreme Court of Cassation, Knox, her family and her supporters are relieved to see the details of the decision so specifically and clearly laid out. Amanda is back in Seattle enjoying a quiet life with her family and boyfriend James Terrano, and many think she will start studies at the University of Washington again soon.