Judgment Day

Amanda Knox Is Free

American student Amanda Knox is free. A jury in Perugia, Italy, has overturned her 2009 conviction for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, but found her guilty of defamation, although she was immediately released after serving nearly four years in jail. Knox broke down in tears after hearing the verdict. Her codefendant Raffaele Sollecito also walks. Knox was found guilty of defaming Patrick Lumumba, whom she initially accused of the crime. Lumumba hired Knox to work as a waitress weeks before the murder of Kercher, and was arrested by Italian police after Knox said that she was in the kitchen while Lumumba, the owner of the bar Le Chic, killed Kercher in the bedroom. Knox later withdrew the statement, and Lumumba was cleared after witnesses proved he had been working at the bar that night.