1. Breakthrough

    Amanda Knox Scores Legal Coup

    US defendant Amanda Knox (R) arrives on June 18, 2011 in court for the start of her appeal trial at the Perugia courthouse. Knox was sentenced in December 2009 to 26 years in prison for the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher in a drug-fuelled sex game that turned violent. She has repeatedly protested her innocence. She is currently appealing the sentence, claiming that key forensic evidence used to convict her is unreliable and should be rejected.

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    An Italian judicial panel has found that some of the DNA evidence used in Amanda Knox’s murder conviction may have been contaminated. During the trial, prosecutors had said that Knox’s DNA was on the knife, a possible murder weapon, and her ex-boyfriend Rafael Sollecito’s DNA was on the bra clasp. However, the clasp was not collected by police for several weeks after the murder. In their new report submitted to the panel and obtained by The Daily Beast, the experts stated, “One cannot exclude that the results obtained could have derived from phenomena of environmental contamination and/or contamination, which could have taken place in any of the phases of the evidence gathering and/or manipulation.”

    Read it at BBC News