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Amanda Knox Acquitted

dateline: 04 October 2011

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • convict: to find someone guilty of a crime
  • appeal: a request for review of a final judgement
  • verdict: the decision about a criminal case
  • confident: a strong feeling of certainty
  • overturned: to change the previous court ruling

Amanda Knox Acquitted

Amanda Knox, an American student convicted of her British roommate in Italy in 2007, addressed the jury in her appeal trial on October 3rd. Knox begged for her life back, and claimed she did not , rape, or steal. She spoke in fluent Italian, which she learned while spending years in jail in Italy. Her former boyfriend, also convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher, claimed he had never hurt anyone. While waiting for the verdict, Knox reportedly felt confident that she would be acquitted. Hours later the jury overturned the murder conviction and Amanda Knox and her Raffaele Sollecito were set . One man remains in prison for the murder of the British exchange student.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What was unique about Amanda Knox’s plea?
  2. What was the jury’s verdict?
  3. How long did Amanda Knox spend in prison?

Discussion Question: The term “Amanda Knox” has been one of the most popular search terms online throughout the trials. Some people say that the media helped wrongly convict Amanda Knox and also helped set her free. Why would a case like this become an “obsession” for people to follow?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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