Amanda Knox Exonerated — Italian Court Overturns Conviction

Chelsea Hoffman

Amanda Knox can breathe a sigh of relief after more than seven years. That’s because her conviction in the murder of Meredith Kercher has just been overturned by the highest court in Italy. After several days of deliberation, the verdict was announced late at night — after 10:00 p.m. in Italy — causing an immediate wave of shock across the world. Reactions to the verdict are mixed, but the verdict was still a surprise to most after seeing so much evidence publicized against the Seattle woman and her codefendant. NBC News was one of the first mainstream media outlets to announce the verdict.

Twitter has always been a go-to place on social media to discuss the Knox case, and the #AmandaKnox hashtag is on fire right now, with thousands of people expressing their sentiment about the final verdict in this drawn-out saga.

Meredith Kercher was violently slain in 2007, sparking a case that gripped international headlines — mostly because of the involvement of American girl Amanda Knox, her “Harry Potter lookalike” boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, and their acquaintance, Rudy Guede.

Now, Rudy Guede is the only one who stands convicted of killing Meredith Kercher, and his sentence is only a fraction of what Knox and Sollecito were given prior to this acquittal. Both former lovers were given sentences of around 30 years each. Meanwhile, Guede is expected to be a free man in as few as eight years, after he won an appeal and had his sentence reduced.

What do you think about the exoneration of Amanda Knox? The Denver Post reports that this is the end of the case, a close to the saga that has gripped headlines for close to a decade. Still, there is someone that has been forgotten over the course of all of this courtroom madness, and her name was Meredith Kercher. Nobody will ever know exactly what happened the night she was murdered, but everyone can agree that she is the only person involved in this entire case that won’t move on to have another chance at life.

[Photo: Meredith Kercher/The Murder of Meredith Kercher Wiki Page]