A statistic that people are unaware of is that one in every twenty-five people put on death row are likely innocent. In the US alone, they are two million people behind bars which makes the US the leader for the most incarcerations of its citizens in the world.
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According to HuffingtonPost.com, “A wrongful conviction rate of 1 percent would translate to 20,000 people punished for crimes they didn’t commit.”
Amanda Knox was a twenty-year-old born in Seattle, Washington who attended college at the University of Washington when she decided to travel to Italy. There, she planned to spend a year at the University for Foreigners. During her time in Perugia, Italy, Knox had a roommate named Meredith Kercher. Kercher was a twenty-one-year-old student from London who was also studying abroad.
Not long after arriving in Italy, Meredith Kercher was found dead in her apartment on November 1st, 2007. Right away, Amanda Knox and her strange boyfriend, Rafaelle Sollecito, were prominent suspects. The two were interrogated for five days with no interpreter present. According to biography.com, “Knox later said that she was bullied and beaten while in police custody.”
On November 6th, 2007 Knox and Sollecito were arrested. On December 29th, 2009, Knox was sentenced to twenty-six years and Sollecito to twenty-five years. Two years after their first trial, on October 3rd, 2011 the convictions were overturned because of lack of evidence. After this, Knox left and continued to study at the University of Washington. In March 2013, Italy’s Supreme Court ordered their trial to be reviewed again. In February 2014, both were found guilty again with a new sentencing that included added time. Knox stated, “Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system.”
Finally, in March 2015, the convictions were overturned for good. After returning to the US, Knox finished school and wrote a book, Waiting to Be Heard. There was also a Netflix documentary, Amanda Knox, that was released in 2016.
After all the hurt and stress the Italian Justice System has put Knox, and her family through, The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) made a statement. The statement was released on January 24th, 2019 that the ECHR needs to pay Amanda Knox about $20,800. This amount is in exchange for not having an appropriate interpreter made available to her and not being given a choice for a lawyer.
Knox and her story have gained attention worldwide. Knox said, “I remain forever grateful to everyone around the world who has believed in me, defended me, and spoken out on my behalf throughout the years. I couldn’t have survived this without your support.” Amanda Knox is just one of the thousands of innocent people who were not only found innocent, but were lucky to get out alive.