Appeal Trial Grants Amanda Knox's Request of Reviewing Evidence

CNN reports that Amanda Knox appealed her conviction of the murder of her British roommate on Saturday in the Italy.

Fox News reports that Knox won an important victory in her appeals, when the court ruled that it would allow an independent review of crucial DNA evidence. In the lower court trial, which convicted Knox of murder, this request was denied. The defense argues that DNA traces presented at the firs trial were inconclusive and may have been contaminated when they were analyzed.

Fox News reports that the court selected two experts from Rome's Sapienza University to review the evidence. The Prosecuting lawyer Giancarlo Costagliola opposed the review, stating that it was "useless" because "this court has all the elements to come to a decsion.

CNN reports that former American student Amanda Knox along with her former Italian boyfriend were convicted of killing Knox's roommate, Meredith Kercher. Kercher was found with her throat slashed in their shared villa in Perugia in November 2007. Knox was sentenced for 26 years in prison, and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito was sentenced for 25 years in prison. Both were found guilty of the murder.

Fox News reports that Knox has been in prison in Perugia since Nov. 6, 2007, four days after her roommate's body was found in their villa.

This news story is notable because it is a follow-up story on a case that previously received a lot of media attention. Many people are familiar with the Amanda Knox case and the charges against her and her boyfriend for being guilty of murder. This story is significant because it has the potential to change the ruling on this case. Not only is this a story that refreshes the public's memory of what happened in 2007, but because the court ruled that the evidence will be re-evaluated there is an opportunity for the charges to be changed.

I thought that the story was significant because it displays the significance of the court's rulings on cases, and also how evidence can be mishandled. Although the review has not begun yet, because the court ruled to allow a review it shows that there is potential that the evidence was manipulated. This shows the other side of news stories that deal with crime, not just the act and the punishment, but the manipulation that can take place to charge a suspect.



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