With mounting proof that the evidence convicting her of murder was a crock, Amanda Knox may soon be released by the Perugia, Italy, court hearing her appeal in the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher. Knox's trial and conviction have been sharply criticized for their "witch-hunt" tone, and now the DNA evidence foundation has crumpled.
* The knife found in boyfriend Rafael Sollecito's apartment- the one the police described as a murder weapon whose blade allegedly contained Kercher's and Knox's DNA? History. Court-appointed experts say there was no blood or DNA on the knife blade, totally discrediting the prosecution's case. Knox's DNA was contained only on the knife handle.
* Meredith Kercher's bra clasp was supposed to be a key piece of evidence against co-defendant Sollecito, who was also convicted of murder. Prosecutors claimed his DNA was on the clasp, which they collected 46 days after the murder. Court appointed experts say not so, and they say the clasp should be excluded from evidence due to mishandling by police. The experts say police may have contaminated the clasp with their shoddy evidence-handling techniques.
* The experts noted that investigators handled evidence with dirty gloves instead of picking it up with tweezers as called for by international protocols.
* Rather than paper-bagging evidence, the investigators used plastic bags, risking contamination.
* After collecting some evidence, investigators passed it back and forth and even placed it on the floor to photograph it.
* Against protocol, the investigators wiped potential evidence for DNA.
* The forensics team failed to use control tests when testing the evidence.
* The prosecutor Giuliano Mignini, was himself convicted for abusing his powers in another high profile murder case. Prosecutor Mignini had a history of alleging bizarre sex rituals and Satanism in cases he prosecuted.
The Knox case turned on the DNA evidence. With the value of that evidence now shown to have been manufactured by either chicanery or carelessness, there's no case left. All that remains is for the court to issue final rulings in Sept., freeing Knox and Sollecito.
- Amanda Knox