Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Update: Prosecutors File Appeal to High Court to Set Aside Knox, Sollecito Reversals

Earlier today (February 14), Italian prosecutors filed a 111-page appeal to Italy's highest criminal court against the overturning of the murder convictions of American Amanda Knox, 24, and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 27, in the brutal slaying of British exchange student Meredith Kercher, 21.

COMMENT: The appeal will represent the prosecution's last option of setting aside the reversal of prison sentences of 26 and 25 years, respectively, ordered by the lower court, in the November 1, 2007, stabbing death of Ms. Kercher.

Unfortunately, the High Court's ruling is not expected until later this year.

A third defendant, Ivory Coast-born drifter Rudy Guede, was convicted in a separate trial of sexually assaulting and stabbing Kercher. His 16-year sentence, reduced in appeal from an initial 30 years, was upheld by Italy's High Court in 2010.

Regrettably, and exclusive of legal strategies, neither the prosecution or the defense established how, why or by whom Meredith Kercher was killed, thus denying justice to both the victim and to her family.

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