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Amanda Knox: Victim Of A Crazy Court System?

By Keith Miller, NBC News Correspondent/PERUGIA, Italy – You reach the ancient hill top town of Perugia by a series of winding roads through the rolling hills of Umbria, traveling past huge poplar trees planted like giant windbreaks. To call it picture-perfect would be an injustice. This is what every American exchange student probably imagines Italy to be like.
 
The favorable impression is reinforced by the warm-colored and weathered stones that make up the walls surrounding the town.
 
But those walls also envelop a place where history has on many occasions been cruel. And its modern judicial system is giving those ancient injustices a new twist, embodied in the form of American student Amanda Knox, who has done even more to put Perugia on the map than the local chocolate factory, Perugina, known for its silver wrapped "Baci" (kisses). 
 
There is little affection here for Knox, who has created a far greater stir than the annual international chocolate festival.
 
Portrayed in the Italian press as a spoiled and sexually promiscuous man eater, Knox, her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Rudy Guede, an Ivorian resident of Perugia, were convicted and jailed in 2009 for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, a British student and Knox's roommate. Judges concluded that the killing came during a frenzied sex game that spiraled out of control.
 
People often ask if I think Knox is guilty of the murder she was convicted of committing. After three years of reporting on the crime, Knox's trial and her punishment for the TODAY show, the answer is always the same: "I don't know if she is guilty, but I do know that the prosecution didn't prove it in court." >>>CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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