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Following acquittal, tearful Amanda Knox says she is ‘incredibly grateful’

Lawyer Giulia Bongiorno (Center) talks to the media in front of the Italy’s Court of Cassation palace in Rome March 27, 2015.(Reuters/Remo Casilli) Italy’s highest court ended Amanda Knox’s long and high-profile legal saga Friday by overturning her murder conviction. Knox, 27, and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 30, are cleared in the 2007 death of Knox’s British roommate Meredith Kercher, the court ruled. Amanda Knox in 2007. (Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi/Files) “Finished! It couldn’t be better than this,” Knox’s lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova said after the decision was read, the Associated Press reports The ruling means the Court of Cassation’s  judges concluded the evidence doesn’t support the original murder convictions, but the court’s reasoning will not be made public for another 90 days, AP reports. The ruling ends a legal back-and-forth that stretched over years, with courts repeatedly reversing decisions. Knox and Sollecito were were convicted in 2009 in

Kercher’s death. The 21-year-old British student had been found dead in her apartment; her throat had been slashed and police said there were signs she had been sexually assaulted. Knox was initially sentenced to serve 25 years in prison. But in 2011, an appeals court acquitted Knox and Sollecito and they were ordered free from prison. Knox returned to the United States. Two years later, the country’s supreme court reversed those acquittals and an appeals court opened a third trial. The pair was re-convicted and sentenced to serve more than 20 years in prison each. Friday’s ruling came because Knox and Sollecito appealed their convictions again. Knox said in statement that she was “relieved and grateful.” “The knowledge of my innocence has given me strength in the darkest times of this ordeal,” the statement said, CNN reported. “And throughout this ordeal, I have received invaluable support from family, friends and strangers. To them, I say: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your kindness has sustained me. I only wish that I could thank each and every one of you in person.” MORE READING: Marriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox Italy’s highest court reviewing Amanda Knox’s fate


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