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Amanda Knox Found Guilty of Murder in Italy

Amanda Knox, the 22-year-old American on trial in Italy for the last 11 months, has been found guilty of murdering her roommate. The jury also convicted Amanda's 25-year-old former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito.

Amanda has been sentenced to 26 years in prison, following a trial that many considered less than fair. The prosecution described Amanda as a "dirty-minded she-devil," and at one point she had to explain why she possessed a sex toy. Amanda's defense tried to paint her as a naive young woman caught up in the system, but it appears that the prosecution, with the help of the Italian media, convinced the jury that Amanda was guilty. What do you make of the verdict?

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Erleucht Erleucht 7 years
If what anonymous has posted is halfway true, I can understand the guilty verdict. Since there is so much "misinformation" posted on the internet, who is to proclaim this guilt or innocence, as a bystander/reader of all of the internet hearsay. I can only say that like anonymous I know Scott Peterson was convicted strictly on circumstantial evidence. And don't forget the angelic sweet face of Susan Atkins, one of the female ringleaders of Charles Manson. One can't always tell a book by the cover nor can one know everything that the jury heard. Let me say that I pray if she is innocent, that her conviction is speedily overturned.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
^ comment. your wrong on so many points I cannot even go into it. but thats is maybe why you came on anonymously.
plasticine1 plasticine1 7 years
the picture the prosecutors are trying to paint about what happened makes me imagine an outlandish "reefer madness"-type scenario, which, is totally possible, i mean some people out there must be capable of pulling-off something that crazy. i wonder if the public now will simply forget about this once the media coverage is over. we shouldn't. "a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." i'm 21 and own a vibrator, if this can happen to her, it can happen to me. i wish this isnt ignored
mkls6044 mkls6044 7 years
Clear skies and cotedazur- the Italian police "decided" that since that other guy was already convicted, with actual evidence, that there must have been a conspiracy that Knox and her boyfriend were involved WITH Guede. Seems to me like if people fault Amanda for changing her story, they also have to fault the police for changing their theory to fit the crime!
clearskies clearskies 7 years
There are a million things I'd like to say about this trial but the main thing is who wasn't a "dirty-minded she-devil" in college!??! I don't think that is a strong enough case against her. Also, I agree with cotedazur about the Ivory Coast guy, who they found his dna inside of her, was already convicted of the does this all work together?
foudini foudini 7 years
Ditto to what VSugar said! There is just something not right about this case. I'm not buying what they're selling. It's like that nagging feeling you get when you know something's not quite right.
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 7 years
It wasn't proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Pretty sad especially if she is innocent!
gigill gigill 7 years
Wow, I'm shocked at the outcome. Can she appeal?
Akasha Akasha 7 years
I went to school in Italy and while it was an amazing experience and most of the people were super friendly and helpful, but non-Europeans are treated very differently by the police. While there my housemate, who was from Brazil, was mugged and had her passport stolen. Because her father is an ambassador she has a very specialized passport that allows her to bypass a lot of customs, so it was very important that she notify all the proper authorities immediately. When we went to the Italian police they kept her for 4 hours insisting that she sold it because it would have been worth around 60,000 euros in the black market. Despite the fact that she's worth millions,and her father is a government official they were sure that she was a criminal.
jocupcake jocupcake 7 years
The evidence that the prosecution used against her is just ridiculous. The knife wounds do not match the knife that they claim she used (as testified to by an expert witness). The prosecution also argues that Amanda's dna is on the handle while the victim's is on the blade. Since that knife was a kitchen knife in a home they both shared, it is not unlikely that their dna would be all over it. There is simply no real evidence against Amanda and I am a bit shocked that the jury managed to convict her despite this. It certainly seems as though they relied mainly on their prejudices against her - it seems that justice is not blind in this case.
mirandapanda195 mirandapanda195 7 years
Personally, I do think she's guilty. Thats the problem. The whole trial was based on assumptions, opinions, and media sensationalization. I think that, guilty or not, she deserves a real trial. Yes a real one- I've decided that Italian trials are fake. I hope she does well, overcomes this and moves past this horrible event in the years to come.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
Handling cases poorly seems to be a trend in Italy. the book The Monster of Florence comes to mind. It's a true story about a number of murders in Italy where the killer was never found, but the cases were all handled so poorly.
mkls6044 mkls6044 7 years
I also think its very interesting and unjust that Guede was already convicted for her murder- with physical, DNA evidence against him- yet Knox and her boyfriend were still convicted as well. And that the jury was unsequestered- that's crazy in a trial with this much media attention. That alone would be enough for an appeal in the US- I wonder what the appellate process is like in Italy. The criminal justice system in America isnt perfect, but it sounds amazingly better than Italy's!
Florida-Snow Florida-Snow 7 years
I really don't think she did it. It's a shame to see beauty shut away so.
Vsugar Vsugar 7 years
I just don't believe that she committed this murder. There is no clear motive. She was harassed and possibly beaten during an interrogation at which there was no lawyer or translator present. The "evidence" presented by the prosecution is barely viable. The window into the poor dead girl's room was broken from the outside. The bloody footprints and shoe prints match Rudy Guede's, who's DNA was ALL OVER HER. I think this is a sad story of the Italian prosecutors trying to save face. They went after Knox and Sollecito with a vengeance, and then when this other person (Guede) who is CLEARLY guilty of this crime, came to light, rather than backing off and admitting they were wrong, the prosecutors changed their version of what they think happened by including Knox and Sollecito in a weird drug-fueled sex game. Are we actually supposed to believe that this girl was engaged in three way sex with this mentally ill drifter, and was so filled with annoyance and hatred for her roommate that she managed to get these two guys to rape her and slit her throat to show their love and devotion to her??? It's such a weak and obviously untrue story. This young woman is going to prison until she's 50 because she did cartwheels in the police station during a moment of overwhelming stress, and because she's admitted to smoking pot, and having pre-marital sex with her boyfriend in an overwhelmingly Catholic nation. The prosecution assassinated her character in a media blitz, and the UN-SEQUESTERED jury believed it. Guede committed this murder. He has a history of breaking and entering, and it is so obvious to me that he broke into this apartment, raped this girl, and then killed her. There is AMPLE evidence to prove that this is what happened, and virtually NONE linking Knox and Sollecito to her murder. This is a terrible miscarriage of justice, and we should all be quaking in our boots about how easily it could happen to any one of us.
cotedazur cotedazur 7 years
I'm confused about how a 20-year-old drifter from the Ivory Coast can be found guilty of the same murder in 2008, yet they pursued the case against Amanda and her boyfriend. And of course she changed her story - she was questioned for something like 3 days, and has filed a civil suit against the Italian government claiming she was beaten and abused during her questioning and her comments were coerced. As someone who studied abroad in Europe, I find this trial terrifyingly injust.
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