Friday, October 7, 2011

Amanda Knox Leaving Italy

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Shouts of joy from Italian prisoners and family members were heard as 24-year-old, Amanda Knox, was taken away from her jail cell and sent back to the United States. Plenty of “Welcome Home Amanda” signs filled her home town of Seattle, Washington and half priced drinks were served in celebration for Knox’s overturned murder conviction, but all the merriment in the world will never ease the pain of murder victim, 21-year-old-Meredith Kercher’s, family or help find the other people responsible for Kercher’s death.

“If those two are not the guilty parties, then who are the guilty people?” Lyle Kercher, a brother of the victim, asked.

The Italian appeals court threw out Knox’s conviction on Monday in the sexual assault and fatal stabbing of her British roommate under the international spotlight due to doubts over compromised DNA evidence. The court’s decision to remove the conviction that placed Knox as one of three people who killed Kercher stunned the victim’s family and angered the prosecution leaving everyone following the trial with no sure way of knowing what actually happened.

The victim’s family, at one point, was all certainly convinced that Knox, her former boyfriend, Raffael Sollecito, 27, and Rudy Herman Guede, a drug dealer, were all guilty of the crime. The family had answers and was ready to put the trial behind them, but they were left with daunting questions when Knox and her ex were exonerated by the appellate panel.

The original trial was so watered down with uncertainty that such things like Knox telling police that she was there in the room when her roommate was murdered and then retracting her statement and saying that she was never there will keep your head spinning. The way the fickle trials took place only adds to the opinions of the Italian justice system being not at all as it is cracked up to be.

It leaves everyone but Knox, Sollecito, and Guede only speculating as to what really happened. Everyone can cogitate as to what might have happened but they weren't there to see it come to pass and anything at the crime scene possibly pointing to any one individual had to be thrown out because it was mismanaged.

Knox’s home town is also populated with individuals that trust the Italian justice system and believe that she is innocent. They assume that she was just a young college student caught up in a difficult situation. But there are many people who have followed the case and still think that Knox is guilty like after the first trial had proved and think that she should have served the 25 years in prison she was originally ordered to do, but because all of the evidence and testimony were compromised there is no way of knowing who’s right.

Without concrete evidence no one can ever know if Knox, Sollecito, or Guede was telling the truth, and with that, the realization of not knowing who else was really involved in the sexual assault and murder Merideth Kercher will haunt her family for years to come. No one will quite ever know if Knox was really innocent of the heinous crimes committed and it’s partially the fault of the sloppy police work used to collect the evidence to blame. 

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