Amanda Knox Trial and verdict

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The conviction of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito is a vindication of the strategy of Giuliano

 Mignini, the chief prosecutor, who battle
d doubts about his reconstruction of the crime as they

 mounted during the 11-month trial.

Mr Mignini’s supporters in Perugia said that he immediately saw beyond the obvious solution of

 a single killer and “thought the unthinkable”. His critics say that he constructed a case far too

 hastily, almost as soon as Knox and Sollecito were arrested, proclaiming that it was “case

 closed” — a sentiment echoed by Edgardo Giobbi, the chief police investigator, who declared

 at the start: “We were able to establish guilt by closely observing the suspects’ psychological

 and behavioural reactions during the interrogations.”

A main thrust of the prosecution case was the DNA testing carried out by Patrizia Stefanoni, a

 police scientist. They had to overcome defence claims that the DNA found was too contaminated or

 too insignificant to be usable — in particular traces on a kitchen knife found at Sollecito’s flat,

 which the prosecution said had Knox’s DNA near the handle and Ms Kercher’s at the tip.


Knox and Sollecito have been found guilty of murdering Kercher, who was stabbed to death in November 2007.

She was sentenced to 26 years in prison, he 25 years.  The Seattle Times spoke to Knox's family, which plans to appeal:

 "They didn't listen to the facts of the case," said Knox's aunt, Janet Huff, who watched coverage of the verdict on television from her West Seattle home. "They listened to the
media lies that were put out there. They didn't listen to the facts. They didn't have the courage to do it.

"In jail, she's heard stories of how things work there. I think she probably knew this was coming. She's a very strong person. She's stronger than the rest of us are."Of course we're proud of her. But she should be coming home. It's just so wrong. It's just so stupid … She is innocent."

Family members said Knox's attorneys plan to file an immediate appeal, which could take years to wind through the courts.

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