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Amanda Knox Acquittal Overturned

Updated on March 27, 2013

Amanda Knox's Defense Needs to Build a Case

Amanda Knox was acquitted of the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher, but the Italian Supreme Court decided Monday that she should be re-tried. I think this will be a fact finding mission.

However, it will be emotional for Amanda Knox who was studying abroad during the murder and later returned to the U.S. in 2011 after four years of imprisonment. While Amanda Knox described her new ordeal as painful, I think it shows that defense attorneys cannnot rely on finding errors in murder investigations to get an acquittal. Knox also does not have to return to Italy for the trial.

Knox was acquitted because her attorneys said that the prosecution did not find a murder weapon and had given no motive for Kercher's murder.

The lack of a weapon or motive does not mean that the murder did not occur. It simply means that more information needs to be sought. Kercher's sister agreed and said, "There are still so many unanswered questions." The issue with the acquittal stems form the fact that this will complicate things because a black man was arrested for the murder. If Amanda Knox is re-tried, then what happens to him?

Kercher was murdered in 2007.

Knox is planning on releasing a book about her life on April 30.


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