The Italian judge who acquitted Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in 2011 is speaking out in their defense.
On October 3, 2011, appeals court Judge Claudio Pratillo Hellmann, presiding over a crowded courtroom, confidently declared that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were innocent, stating the two had absolutely nothing to do with the murder of Meredith Kercher. Hellmann’s decision gave Amanda and Raffaele freedom after serving 1427 days in prison for a crime they did not commit.
Judge Hellmann spoke out about the Italian Supreme Court’s decision to overturn his ruling in 2013 and he is now speaking out again regarding the Florence court’s decision to reinstate the guilty verdicts for Amanda and Raffaele. Judge Alessandro Nencini released his motivation document on Tuesday, detailing his decision.
In an interview with CNN, Judge Hellmann states that Nencini’s ruling is “the result of fantasy, ” According to Hellmann, “the Florence appeal court has written a script for a movie or a thriller book while it should have only considered facts and evidence.” Hellmann goes on to state boldly once again that there is no evidence to condemn Knox and Sollecito.