After 8 Years of Trials, Amanda Knox Has Finally Been Acquitted

Italy's Supreme Court has cleared her name after one of the most high-profile murder cases in recent memory.

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The culmination of an eight-year-long courtroom saga, Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend have both, as of late Friday, been acquitted of all charges by Italy's highest court.

The two were accused of murdering Knox's former roommate, 21-year-old student Meredith Kercher, in 2007. Today marks the second time they've had their convictions overturned, but this is the final ruling in a very lengthy and highly publicized case that began when Knox was 20 years old and now, as she approaches her 28th birthday, is conclusively coming to a close.

Knox thanked her supporters in a short statement after the verdict was announced. "I am tremendously relieved and grateful for the decision of the Supreme Court of Italy," she said. "The knowledge of my innocence has given me strength in the darkest times of this ordeal."

The reasoning behind the court's decision will be made public in 90 days. Also, in a bizarre twist of timing, the Amanda Knox movie starring Cara Delevingne (opens in new tab) premiered in the U.K. today, and will hit American theaters in June. Wonder if they'll have time to update the ending...

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