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Amanda Knox is finally free after overturned murder conviction Friday.

Updated on March 27, 2015
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Congrats Knox and Sollecito for your win

In what could have been one of the most heart-wrenching days for Amanda Knox and her ex boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, good news comes to Knox, Sollecito, and their supporters as Italy’s highest court overturns their murder convictions late Friday evening. This ruling brings an end to the 7 year battle between Know, Sollecito and the country of Italy, which captivated the world for so many years. Amanda Knox’s lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova said “it couldn’t be better than this, finished”. Amanda Knox and her ex boyfriend can finally breathe as their court troubles have finally come to an end, as the ruling is final and cannot be overturned in the future.

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The long hard road Knox and Sollecito traveled to get to their freedom

A worried and anxious Knox watched the verdict come down from the comfort of her hometown, Seattle, Washington while Sollecito heard the verdict live from Italy. Knox and Sollecito have maintained their innocence through-out the course of the past 7 years since the brutal and unnecessary murder of Knox’s former roommate, 21-year-old Meredith Kercher. Knox and Sollecito have traveled a long, hard road to get to where they are at today; and throwing their legal troubles on the back burner was simply not an option. Knox and Sollecito fought a very long and strong court battle between themselves and the Italian court system.

Knox and Sollecito were first convicted in Kercher’s murder in 2009, after spending some 2 years in prison. The young couple would sit a total of 4 years in prison before an appeals court overturned their convictions in 2011; allowing Knox to return to the loving arms of her family, and the United States. However, by then Amanda Knox was already a household name, a victim of judicial injustice, an excuse, an example, broken down and fearful to return to the country that had robbed her of her freedom for 4 years for a crime she knew she didn’t commit.

Knox did not return to Italy in 2013 after yet another appeals court issued a retrial for Knox and Sollecito, only this time they were re-convicted and Knox was sentenced to 28 ½ years in prison, while Sollecito was sentenced to 25. Knox and Sollecito once again filed another appeal which kept them from being apprehended and serving their sentences. So here we are a year later, the duo, while not together anymore are finally free from the hellish nightmare that had consumed nearly a decade of their lives.

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My heart goes out to the Kercher family.

First and foremost this case has and always will be about seeking justice for Meredith Kercher and continuing to support and sympathize with the Kercher family as they continue down the long, hard road of finding closure. The Kercher family believed whole heartedly within themselves that Knox and Sollecito killed Meredith; whether it’s intuition, shock, anger, or even from exposure to the media; the family believed that the young couple was responsible and so this ruling must feel like they have been punched in the stomach all over again, as Knox and Sollecito are walking away free of any wrong doing. No matter what happened that night in 2007, Rudy Grude admitted to being there and sexually assaulting young Meredith and has since been sentenced for his crimes, so in sense justice has been served and it is within my opinion that the real killer is already behind bars.

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      Amanda Seaton 2 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thank you for your comment. I agree that the Kercher family needs to be heard and definitely should be. Perhaps you are right and they have yet to reach out to the media regarding Meredith. This could simply be because Amanda was the star in this case, perhaps not intentional on Amanda's part, but it is what happened.

      The sheer coverage this case received because Amanda was an American being held on murder charges in Italy did take away from the victim and her family, which should never happen. Perhaps Amanda was not a nice person, which could be attributed to her immature nature, but no one will truly know.

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      Yves 2 years ago

      The Kercher family has not been heard as they should be, and I don't understand why. Perhaps they have not made a point of speaking to the media. The only thing I do know is that Amanda Knox appeared very disingenuous during the Barbara Walters interview on Prime Time television, and my understanding, still---is that the Kercher family wish to be heard...

      I pray that the Kercher family will (one day) get peace or justice. What I am saying is---I feel very badly for the Kercher family. From what I have learned, Amanda was not a nice person---far from it. Perhaps she was merely immature. I suppose only Meridith knows---but the dead cannot speak.