Report: Faulty evidence used to convict Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox is comforted by her sister, Deanna Knox, during a news conference shortly after her arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Oct. 4, 2011, in Seattle. US student Amanda Knox arrived home a day after she was acquitted of murder and sexual assault charges and freed from jail in Italy, after a four-year ordeal.
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Amanda Knox during a news conference in Seattle on Oct. 4, 2011.
Amanda Knox during a news conference shortly after her arrival in Seattle on Oct. 4, 2011
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(CBS/AP) MILAN, Italy - Faulty evidence was the reason an Italian appellate court cleared American student Amanda Knox in the murder of her roommate, according to a newly released 144-page report.

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Knox and her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito had been found guilty in the November 2007 murder of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher, whose body was found in a pool of blood in the apartment they shared.

After spending four years in jail, Knox had her guilty verdict thrown out on Oct. 3. According to the report, the appellate court found that faulty evidence had been used to build the original case.

Knox, who is now back in her hometown of Seattle, recently hired a lawyer to help her broker a book contract.

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