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Italy top court: Knox conviction was based on poor case

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Amanda Knox speaks to the media during a brief press conference in front of her parents' home March 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. Knox and Raffaele Sollecito have been acquitted by Italy's highest court in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, who was killed in her bedroom on November 1, 2007 in Perugia. Standing behind Knox is her fiance Colin Sutherland. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

ROME (AP) — Italy’s top criminal court says it threw out murder convictions against Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend because there was absolutely no proof they were at the scene of her British roommate’s slaying.

The Court of Cassation on Monday issued its formal written explanation, as required by Italian law, for its March ruling vindicating the pair once and for all in the legal battle over the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy.

The court wrote there was an “absolute lack of biological traces” of Knox, an American, or co-defendant Raffaele Sollecitio in the room or on the body of the victim.

Slamming the quality of the prosecution’s case, the court faulted the investigators for “blameworthy omissions of investigative activity.”