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Italy top court faults acquittal of Amanda Knox

In March, Italy’s high court had overturned Amanda Knox’s acquittal in the 2007 murder of her flatmate.
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In March, Italy’s high court had overturned Amanda Knox’s acquittal in the 2007 murder of her flatmate.

ROME — Italy’s high court faulted the appeals court that acquitted American student Amanda Knox of murdering her roommate, saying Tuesday that its ruling was full of ‘‘deficiencies, contradictions, and illogical’’ conclusions and ordering the new appeals court to look at all the evidence to determine whether Knox helped kill the teen.

In March, the Court of Cassation overturned Knox’s acquittal in the 2007 murder of flatmate Meredith Kercher and ordered a new trial. On Tuesday, the high court issued its written reasoning for doing so.

Kercher’s body was found in November 2007 in her bedroom of the house she shared with Knox in Perugia, a central Italian town popular with foreign exchange students.

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Knox, now 25, and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 29, were initially convicted and sentenced to long prison terms, but a Perugia appeals court acquitted them in 2011, criticizing virtually the entire case mounted by prosecutors.

Associated Press