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Amanda Knox Co-Defendant Raffaele Sollecito Graduates College with “I’m Innocent” Thesis

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Amanda Knox’s murder trial will no doubt go down in history for the Internet frenzy it generated, but one of the key figures is already capitalizing on the case’s notoriety by writing his university thesis about the case’s social media trends, reports ABC News.

Raffaele Sollecito, Knox’s ex-boyfriend and co-defendant, graduated from Verona University with an information technology degree that hinged on a final project where he ran analytics on his own name, how it was used in social media and possible influences it may have had one the outcome of the case.

Although Sollecito did not run Amanda’s more prominent name, his findings in his own study showed that more people associated his name with innocent than they did with guilty. While this isn’t exactly hard evidence to prove Knox or Sollecito are not murderers, it does offer a fascinating insight into what the way that 21st-century social media has engaged with this trial as well as other sensational trials like Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias, who were accused of killing their child and boyfriend respectively.

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito still await innocent verdict

Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito await an appeals trial.

Sollecito wrote the thesis in English but defended it in Italian, according to Italian news agency ANSA. Although Knox has still not returned to school, this is Sollecito’s second degree. He formerly graduated from Perugia University while awaiting trial in 2008.

Amanda Knox is currently living in Seattle, with an extremely low possibility of being extradited should she face conviction in the newest ordered repeat trial for the case. Knox and Sollecito spent nearly 4 years in Italian jail including the pre-trial period and after their initial conviction in 2009. Two years later, Amanda and Raffaele were freed in an appeals trial, but last year, Knox and Sollecito’s nightmare began again when the Italian supreme court ordered a retrial.

When that retrial finished in January of this year, Amanda was sentenced to 28 years in prison and Raffaele 25 years in prison. They both appealed the decision and are free until the appeal is over. Knox was convicted in absentia as she has not returned to the country since her initial release. While Sollecito is currently walking free in Italy, Amanda has made a vow to never enter the country again.

The role of the media and specifically social media in the Amanda Knox trial has been written about extensively, both academically and by the media itself. A recent post in GroundReport.com analyzed the way Knox and her ex-boyfriend have been pitted against each other as antagonists in the trial, even when their actions were often to the contrary.

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11 Responses to “Amanda Knox Co-Defendant Raffaele Sollecito Graduates College with “I’m Innocent” Thesis”

  1. Patrick King

    While it's hardly surprising. I'm sure Raffaele Sollecito has a hard time thinking about anything else. But it would be great if Raffaele could change this conversation and use the fame that's been inflicted on him to another entire subject that will show his talent and real interests to the world.

  2. Patrick King

    While it's hardly surprising. I'm sure Raffaele Sollecito has a hard time thinking about anything else. But it would be great if Raffaele could change this conversation and use the fame that's been inflicted on him to another entire subject that will show his talent and real interests to the world.

  3. Michelle Celestial Easterly Moore

    Go Raffaele, and also to the Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito Defense). You are not going to let a bunch of nutters and a Taboid Media define or control you . By standing up to them and to the corruption still going on in Italy,,I could see you ending up as a Politician someday. Don't laugh. :) You are looked up to now as a voice for real change for your people, who live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. You never know where you'll end up. someday. You are not a "yes" man and will not bow down to those who allow themselves part of corruption. This courage and ability to speak out on it is a huge strength that might never have known till going through this intense nightmare. . I am very happy for you, and for your family. I would be extremely proud if I were them. :) ~xoxox We look forward to seeing these things you are already working on! Hi and hugs to Francesco Sollecito and to Vanessa Sollecito on this celebratory time. God will provide justice, not us. I completely believe He will. ~x. m.

  4. Michelle Celestial Easterly Moore

    Go Raffaele, and also to the Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito Defense). You are not going to let a bunch of nutters and a Taboid Media define or control you . By standing up to them and to the corruption still going on in Italy,,I could see you ending up as a Politician someday. Don't laugh. :) You are looked up to now as a voice for real change for your people, who live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. You never know where you'll end up. someday. You are not a "yes" man and will not bow down to those who allow themselves part of corruption. This courage and ability to speak out on it is a huge strength that might never have known till going through this intense nightmare. . I am very happy for you, and for your family. I would be extremely proud if I were them. :) ~xoxox We look forward to seeing these things you are already working on! Hi and hugs to Francesco Sollecito and to Vanessa Sollecito on this celebratory time. God will provide justice, not us. I completely believe He will. ~x. m.

  5. Michelle Celestial Easterly Moore

    Go Raffaele, and also to the Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito Defense). You are not going to let a bunch of nutters and a Taboid Media define or control you . By standing up to them and to the corruption still going on in Italy,,I could see you ending up as a Politician someday. Don't laugh. :) You are looked up to now as a voice for real change for your people, who live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. You never know where you'll end up. someday. You are not a "yes" man and will not bow down to those who allow themselves part of corruption. This courage and ability to speak out on it is a huge strength that might never have known till going through this intense nightmare. . I am very happy for you, and for your family. I would be extremely proud if I were them. :) ~xoxox We look forward to seeing these things you are already working on! Hi and hugs to Francesco Sollecito and to Vanessa Sollecito on this celebratory time. God will provide justice, not us. I completely believe He will. ~x. m.

  6. Michelle Celestial Easterly Moore

    Go Raffaele, and also to the Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito Defense). You are not going to let a bunch of nutters and a Taboid Media define or control you . By standing up to them and to the corruption still going on in Italy,,I could see you ending up as a Politician someday. Don't laugh. :) You are looked up to now as a voice for real change for your people, who live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. You never know where you'll end up. someday. You are not a "yes" man and will not bow down to those who allow themselves part of corruption. This courage and ability to speak out on it is a huge strength that might never have known till going through this intense nightmare. . I am very happy for you, and for your family. I would be extremely proud if I were them. :) ~xoxox We look forward to seeing these things you are already working on! Hi and hugs to Francesco Sollecito and to Vanessa Sollecito on this celebratory time. God will provide justice, not us. I completely believe He will. ~x. m.

  7. Joseph W Bishop

    One correction in an otherwise excellent article: Amanda has been taking classes at the University of Washington.

  8. Alejandro Santos

    Bestial Porn Lover, Knife Boy, Raffaele Sollecito will end up in the Prison's Sexual Offender Unit where he was housed before.——–And God will provide justice because he was there and saw the whole thing and knows Amanda Knuts and Knife Boy murdered Meredith Kercher.

  9. Michelle Celestial Easterly Moore

    Uh…OK then…. MY God WILL provide justice, it's just that MY God is about truth and justice. You are making up things that I know or fact aren't true. Do you know him? I do. Do you really believe Tabloids like this? :( I am going to pray for you too, for wisdom and for help