Amanda Knox Acquittal: Italian court slams prosecutors for 'glaring errors' - Italy's top criminal court on Monday came down heavily on the prosecutors for presenting a flawed and hastily constructed case against American girl Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend.
The Court of Cassation said that decided to reject the convictions of the two for the 2007 murder of her British roommate in part because the prosecutors failed to produce evidence that Knox and her boyfriend were in the bedroom where the woman was stabbed to death.
The formal written explanation was issued by the court as it is required by Italian law, for its March ruling - acquitting the pair for their alleged involvement in the murder of Meredith Kercher in the apartment the two women shared while students in Perugia, Italy.
In its explanation, the court wrote there was an "absolute lack of biological traces" of Knox, an American, or of co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito in the room or on the victim's body.
The court added that the path of the case was "objectively wavering, whose oscillations are ... the result also of stunning weakness or investigative bouts of amnesia and of blameworthy omissions of investigative activity." Had the investigation not been so shaky, "in all probability" the defendants' guilt or innocence could have been determined from the earliest stages, the panel said.
According to the top court, media hype was one of the important factors in what was ultimately a flawed case. "The international spotlight on the case in fact resulted in the investigation undergoing a sudden acceleration," the judges wrote.
In March, Knox, now 28, and Sollecito, now 31, was acquitted of murdering 21-year-old Kercher.
"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," Knox said in a statement posted Monday on her website.
"I will now begin the rest of my life with one of my goals being to help others who have been wrongfully accused."