Italy’s top court has overturned the acquittals Amanda Knox and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito received in 2011 from a lower court due to faulty DNA evidence used to convict them in the 2007 murder of Knox’s roommate, Briton Meredith Kercher. Prosecutors in the case told Italy’s Supreme Court that the acquittals were both “contradictory and illogical”. Evidently the top court agreed with them. It’s unclear at this point why the court overturned the acquittals. They have 90 days to announce the reasons for their decision.
What a weird and wacky judicial system Italy has. Instead of just overturning the convictions in the original murder trial, the appeals court actually acquitted Knox and her ex-boyfriend. The acquittals are now thrown out meaning that both Knox and her ex-boyfriend must face trial again for the 2007 murder. Why aren’t the original convictions allowed to stand?
Knox now lives in Seattle, Washington. She can’t be forced to return to Italy to again stand trial, but if she is convicted, Italy can try to extradite her back to serve her sentence in an Italian prison.
Speaking of Italian prison, Rudy Guede, a drug dealer from the Ivory Coast, was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering Briton Meredith Kercher. He is currently serving a 16 year sentence. Since the Italian prosecutors already have a convicted murderer in prison for the crime, it seems weird that they also want to convict Knox and her ex-boyfriend of the same crime.
If I didn’t know any better, I’d think that the Italian criminal justice system is stupid and probably very corrupt.