What Do You Think? – Amanda Knox Trial: Did the Victim Get Justice?

In 2007, Meredith Kercher was found dead in her locked bedroom with her throat slashed and a blanket covering her body. Three people were charged with murder: Rudy Guede, Amanda Knox, and Raffaele Sollecito. Rudy Guede opted for a “fast-track” trial, which eliminated his right to challenge the evidence in a full trial but would give him a more lenient sentence. Both Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito opted for a full trial, which began in January 2009. The trial resulted in both Knox and Sollecito’s conviction and they were sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison respectively.

Amanda Knox is surrounded by family members shortly after her arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Oct. 4, 2011, in Seattle.

Recently the media has been ablaze again with the Amanda Knox trial as both she and Sollecito filed appeals contesting the original verdicts. After a court ordered review of the DNA evidence in the case, serious doubts were cast over the main evidence that linked Knox and Sollecito to the crime.

Many think that Knox and Sollecito deserved to be free as they were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned initially, while others feel that this is yet another failure on the part of justice systems or poor evidence collection. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.



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