Amanda Knox defended her innocence in an exclusive interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo after an Italian court ruling on the second appeal in the case said she was not only guilty in the murder of her former roommate, Meredith Kercher, but that she dealt the fatal blow.
Burleigh believes Knox is being held accountable for the murder because prosecutors don't want to admit their mistakes stemming from the very beginning of the case.
"When prosecutors make mistakes they don't like to turn around and admit it," Burleigh said.
"Perugia is a walled mountain town ... When a stranger comes to town, something happens, they need to get the crime solved ... What happened here is the Italian system, unfortunately, is protecting itself."
At this point, Burleigh said, Italian judges are taking a second look at the earlier mistakes to make things "look right" in light of global scrutiny.
"I'm compelled from the amount of information that I collected for my book over the years to say that the latest report from these judges is completely illogical. It's laughably illogical.”
NO FORENSIC EVIDENCE:
Burleigh said none of the details emerging from the latest Florence appeals court document are new.
The information is based on testimony from Rudy Guede, the third person convicted in the murder, and it is "highly unreliable" because "he had a vested interest in cutting a deal ... and his fingerprints were in Kercher's purse."
According to Burleigh, there is no DNA or physical evidence that puts Knox at the murder.
As far as the knife found in Raffaele Sollecito's house – the weapon prosecutors argue proves Knox's guilt – Burleigh refutes that as well.
"The knife was just something a cop picked out of a kitchen drawer because it looked large."
SO WHAT HAPPENED TO MEREDITH KERCHER?
Burleigh called Kercher's death a "simple crime," saying the woman was murdered after she confronted an intruder.
"What's factual is somebody threw a rock through a window, somebody broke in."
Burleigh believes Kercher came home when the intruder thought he was alone and, "bam, they confronted each other."
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