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White Smoke in Italy: Amanda Knox is Free

PERUGIA, Italy — An Italian appeals today overturned the murder conviction of Amanda Knox in the 2007 killing of her British roommate, but found Knox guilty of defamation.

At the hearing Monday, Knox frequently paused for breath and fought back tears as she spoke in Italian to the eight members of the jury in a packed courtroom, but managed to maintain her composure during a 10-minute address.

“I’ve lost a friend in the worst, most brutal, most inexplicable way possible,” she said of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, a 21-year-old Briton who shared an apartment with Knox when they were both students in Perugia. “I’m paying with my life for things that I didn’t do.”. . .