Experts: Knox Cops Botched DNA

    American student Amanda Knox arrives for a hearing of the trial where she is accused of murdering her flatmate, British student Meredith Kercher, in Perugia, Italy, Monday, July 25, 2011. Independent experts presented the conclusions of their review of the DNA evidence collected against Amanda Knox and  her co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito.  DNA evidence played a crucial role in securing the convictions of Amanda and Raffaele Sollecito in the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, who was stabbed to death in the apartment she shared with the Seattle exchange student. (AP Photo/Stefano Medici)

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    Things are looking up for Amanda Knox: Forensics experts confirmed on Monday that investigators made major errors while collecting genetic evidence used against the Seattle native in trial, wearing dirty gloves, not wearing caps, and not following proper "protocols and procedures." Prosecutors had initially declared that Knox's DNA was found on the handle of a kitchen knife—the alleged murder weapon—and that the DNA of the victim, Meredith Kercher, was on the blade. But given that the weapon was mishandled by investigators, the risk of contamination may now override any DNA traces. "The Kercher family is very worried over this inquisitorial atmosphere around the serious job done during the investigation," said one of the defense lawyers.

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