Yesterday, Italy’s highest court spoke out about the controversial murder conviction of Amanda Knox and why it was ultimately thrown out.
The five-judge panel explained in its Marasca Report that it threw out convictions against Knox and her then-love Raffaele Sollecito in the 2007 slaying of British student Meredith Kercher because of “stunning flaws” and “glaring errors” in the case — namely, that there was no solid evidence tying the young couple to the scene of Kercher’s murder that night.
They also said prosecutors never established a clear motive for why Knox would want to kill Kercher in the first place.
Knox released a statement on her website about the judges’ comments on Monday, saying, “I am deeply grateful that the Italian Supreme Court has filed its opinion and forcefully declared my innocence. This has been a long struggle for me, my family, my friends, and my supporters. While I am glad it is now over, I will remain forever grateful to the many individuals who gave their time and talents to help me.”
According to USA Today, one of Knox’s lawyers, Carlo Dalla Vedova, noted that she and Knox were both “very satisfied and happy to read this decision,” it’s also “a very sad story … because Meredith Kercher is no longer with us, and this is a tragedy nobody can forget.”
In her statement, Knox also said that she hopes to help other people who have been wrongfully accused as she moved forward with her life.