May 2nd, 2014
11:23 AM ET

Investigative Journalist: Amanda Knox is Innocent and Italian Judges are 'Illogical'

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.

Many are torn on Knox's guilt or innocence but Nina Burleigh, an investigative journalist and author of "The Fatal Gift of Beauty" about Knox, strongly believes Knox did not commit the crime.

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.”

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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."

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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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READ: CNN exclusive: Amanda Knox says, 'I did not kill my friend'

READ: Italian court explains Amanda Knox conviction

READ: The case against Amanda Knox

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May 2nd, 2014
10:36 AM ET

See Landslide Swallow Road Full of Cars

An intense week of damaging weather is finally coming to an end, but not before leaving wreckage behind.

In Baltimore, Maryland, more rain fell in a 3-day period than the city usually receives for the entire month of April.

The flooding damage was caught on tape as cars sank from their parking spots on the side of a street.

CNN's Indra Petersons and Michaela Pereira shared the crazy video.

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May 2nd, 2014
10:29 AM ET
Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, May 2, 2014
Amanda Knox says there's no evidence to link her to the death of her roommate
May 2nd, 2014
05:18 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, May 2, 2014

Minnesota police stop a bold plan for a high school massacre. Ukraine launches an operation against separatists in the country's east. And Quentin Tarantino refiles his lawsuit against gossip website Gawker

It's Friday, and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day

1. MINNESOTA ATTACK THWARTED

Massacre in the works: A Minnesota teen had a plan - a big, bold, dangerous plan, according to police. Here's what he had in mind. He was going to kill his family, start a diversionary fire, set off bombs at an area school, kill the resource officer there and then shoot students. Someone noticed some suspicious things at a storage facility in Waseca, Minnesota, and tipped off authorities. The 17-year-old has been charged with multiple counts, including attempted murder and possession of an explosive or incendiary device, police said.

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2. MISSING PLANE

Considering options: A top Malaysian official said he's willing to consider the theory that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down in the Bay of Bengal, thousands of miles from where the current search is taking place. But there's a but. "But I just want to stress that by doing that, we are distracting ourselves from the main search," Acting Transportation Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said today. The Australian supervising the whole operation says he's confident they're looking in the right place.

3. AMANDA KNOX

There is nothing: Amanda Knox maintained her innocence in an interview yesterday with New Day's Chris Cuomo. If she had been at the scene of the crime when her roommate was killed, forensic evidence would prove her guilt. But Knox says there is nothing - no DNA, no hair, no footprints, no handprints - to show she was there. In January, Knox, who also was convicted of slander, was sentenced to 28 1/2 years in prison. Her first murder conviction in 2009 was overturned two years later.

4. UKRAINE CRISIS

Operation under way: Residents of the flashpoint city of Slavyansk were warned to stay home and avoid windows today as Ukrainian security forces launched an "anti-terrorist operation" aimed at dislodging separatist militants. The operation, also targeting the town of Kramatorsk, appears to be the most significant yet by the Ukrainian military against pro-Russia militia groups who've taken effective control of swaths of eastern Ukraine. Conflicting reports are emerging.

5. TARANTINO LAWSUIT

Take 2: You didn't think he'd give up, did you? Director Quentin Tarantino has filed an amended lawsuit against the gossip website Gawker for linking to the leaked screenplay for his next movie, "Hateful Eight." Last month, a federal judge dismissed his original suit, ruling that Tarantino had failed to prove that Gawker's actions was direct copyright infringement. The judge then gave Tarantino's lawyers until Thursday to refile. They did and they're seeking more than $1 million.

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Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.

–Manatee drinking fountain: Look who shows up for a nice cool drink of water at the dock.

- CNN cameo: "The Soup" spoofs one of the darkest days in baby Photoshopping history. Watch it if you dare.

- Sit on me: Who says chivalry is dead. A young man becomes a human chair for an elderly woman.

- Catness: Fluffy is making a nuisance of herself on the vibraphone. Keep that tail moving.

- Disney singalong: These U.S. Marines aren't afraid to "Let It Go." They may not all be in the same key, but they own it!

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
Be sure to tune in to "New Day," from 6 to 9 a.m. ET, join us at NewDayCNN.com and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

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