April 30th, 2014
06:06 PM ET

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

If she had been at the scene of the crime, forensic evidence would prove her guilt, but Amanda Knox says there is nothing - no DNA, no hair, no footprints, no handprints - to show she was there.

Knox spoke in an exclusive interview with CNN on Thursday, two days after an Italian court released an explanation of her conviction.

In a retrial, Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, her then-boyfriend, were found guilty in the 2007 death of Meredith Kercher, Knox's onetime roommate.

"I did not kill my friend. I did not wield a knife. I had no reason to," Knox said.

"In the month that we that we were living together, we were becoming friends. A week before the murder occurred, we went out to a classical music concert together ... We had never fought."

Knox struggled to speak at moments in the interview, seemingly overcome by emotion and thoughts of Kercher. But, for the most part, she was calm, collected and methodical in how she broke down arguments in the case.

In its more than 300-page document, the Florence appeals court said a third person convicted in the murder, Rudy Guede, did not act alone, and cited the nature of the victim's wounds.

Ruling Judge Alessandro Nencini, who presided over the second appeal in the case, said Kercher and Knox disagreed over the payment of the rent in the house they shared in Perugia and that "there was an argument then an elevation and progression of aggression."

Knox dismissed those allegations out of hand.

"If I were there, I would have traces of Meredith"s broken body on me. And I would have left traces of myself around - around Meredith's corpse," she said.

"And I - I am not there. And that proves my innocence."




Italian court explain Amanda Knox conviction

By Barbie Latza Nadeau, CNN, Wed April 30, 2014

An Italian court says it convicted Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend of murdering her onetime roommate in part because of evidence showing that more than one person killed the British student.

The Florence appeals court released its explanation Tuesday, less than three months after it convicted Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in Meredith Kercher's 2007 death in a retrial.

In the more than 300-page document, the court said that a third person convicted in the murder, Rudy Guede, did not act alone, and cited the nature of the victim's wounds.




Last year, May 2013, Chris Cuomo sat down with Knox and she told him she's scared to return to Italy to face a new trial nearly six years after her study-abroad roommate's slaying. But she's considering it.

"I'm afraid to go back there," she said.

"In Italy," she added, "people think it's arrogant of me to sit here in the United States and have a book come out and defend myself. And first of all, I find that incredibly unfair, because I have the right to defend myself. And no one can ask me to just shut up because it's convenient. But at the same time, I want to prove to them that I care about what's going on."



See gallery of evidence in case: 

The knife: The prosecution in 2009 said that a knife found in Raffaele Sollecito's house has the DNA of Amanda Knox on the handle

The knife: The prosecution in 2009 said that a knife found in Raffaele Sollecito's house has the DNA of Amanda Knox on the handle





Death Penalty Methods Broken Down By State
April 30th, 2014
12:23 PM ET

Death Penalty Methods Broken Down By State

The botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate who died of a heart attack after his vein apparently “exploded,” has resurrected national conversation about the death penalty in the United States.

The total number of executions and death sentences continues to drop each year nationwide, but capital punishment remains legal in 32 U.S. states and approximately 3,095 inmates in 35 states are awaiting execution.

Of these 32 states, lethal injection is the most commonly used practice of carrying out the death penalty, but other procedures include electrocution, gas chamber, hanging and firing squad.


Lethal Injection:  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut*, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland*, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico*, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming, U.S. Military, U.S. Government

Electrocution: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, [Oklahoma], South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

Gas Chamber: Arizona, Missouri, [Wyoming]

Hanging: Delaware, New Hampshire, Washington

Firing Squad: [Oklahoma], Utah

*Utah no longer offers the firing squad as an option, but would allow it only for inmates who chose this method prior to its elimination .

*Oklahoma offers firing squad only if lethal injection and electrocution are found unconstitutional.

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Capital Punishment 2011; updated by DPIC




On "New Day" Wednesday, legal expert Jeffrey Toobin discussed the Oklahoma case with Chris Cuomo.



READ: Oklahoma execution: 'Chaos' after lethal injection is stopped, inmate dies anyway

READ: Death penalty in the United States gradually declining

READ: Death penalty Fast Facts

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April 29th, 2014
10:22 AM ET

Malaysian Officials Share Their Timeline of Flight 370's Final Communication

On Tuesday, Malaysian officials briefed family members in Beijing on the latest developments in the search for missing Flight 370.

In that meeting, authorities shared never-before released audio of Malaysia Flight 370's final conversation with a control tower in Kuala Lumpur, as well as an official timeline of communication between radar stations and Flight 370.

Here is that timeline as reported by CNN's Ivan Watson:

12:41 AM: The plane took off

2:03 AM: Malaysian Airlines Operational Dispatch Center sent a message to the plane requesting the cockpit contact ground control in Ho Chi Minh,Vietnam. No reply from cockpit

2:22 AM: Last time MH370 appeared on Royal Malaysia Air Force radar

6:30 AM: The time when MH370 was scheduled to land at Beijing airport

7:13 AM: Malaysian Airlines Operational Dispatch Center made a call to MH370. They didn't get an answer

8:19 AM: MH370 made a last and final "partial handshake" with Inmarsat satellite

On Tuesday, Malaysian officials briefed family members in Beijing.

Malaysian officials brief family members in Beijing.



Sara Bajc, partner of Flight 370 passenger Philip Wood, said while this information was a great first step, "transcripts or recordings don’t really help us find the airplane."

Bajc said the families will continue to press Malaysian officials for raw data and not just their analysis of the data.

Do you think Malaysian authorities have released appropriate information to the public in a timely manner?


NEW: Firm says it believes it has found a plane

Plane audio recording played in public for first time to Chinese families


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Rancher Holds Up Dead Calf on "New Day"
April 25th, 2014
10:45 AM ET

Rancher Holds Up Dead Calf on "New Day"

Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher turned conservative folk hero, joined "New Day" Friday morning to respond to the controversy surrounding comments he made about minorities and the federal government

During the exchange with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Bundy remained steadfast in his views and used a number of props to emphasize his points, including a dead calf, the Constitution and his own boot.



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CUOMO:  Mr. Bundy, I see in your arms that you are holding a dead calf. What happened?

BUNDY: Well, this dead calf died this morning.  He's been without his mother two weeks, and we found him - actually Fish and Wildlife people down in Overton, Nevada, found this calf and called us.  We picked this calf up last night and tried to save his life.  He's been too long without a mother.  He's been badly abused - you can see his tongue here.  Let me lay the calf down -

CUOMO:  That's probably a good idea given it's a little early and a lot of families are watching, Mr. Bundy, so we don't want to upset them too much.

BUNDY: Well, you know they ought to be upset.  What's wrong with America?  They can't stand a dead calf?  We have a lot of dead calves around here.  I want to show you these bottles right here.  See these bottles right here?  They're going to feed calves that their mothers are dead or gone somewhere.  In other words, we've got about 27 calves.  This dead calf represents only one of many.  Americans too darn soft-hearted to see a dead calf?



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BUNDY: No, I'm not a racist, but I did wonder that.  But let me tell you something.  You know, I thought about this this morning quite a bit.  

CUOMO: Please.  

BUNDY: And thought about what Reverend Martin Luther King said.  And I thought about Rosa Park and taking her seat at the front of the bus.  Now, Reverend Martin Luther King did not want her to take her seat in the front of the bus.  That wasn't what he was talking about.  He did not say go to the front of the bus and that's where your seat was.  What Reverend King wanted was that she could sit anywhere in the bus and that nobody would say anything about it.  And you and I can sit anywhere in the bus.  That's what he wanted.  And that's what I want.  I want her to be able to sit anywhere in the bus and I want to be able to sit by her any where in that bus.

And that's what he wanted.  He didn't want this prejudiced thing like the media tried to put on me yesterday.  And I'm not going to put up with that because that's not what he wanted and that's not what I want.  I want to sit by her anywhere in that bus and I want anybody to be able to do the same thing.

That's what he was after, is not a prejudice thing, but make us equal.



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CUOMO: I understand that Martin Luther King's message was one of peace and freedom, and that when you suggest that you were wondering if blacks were better off as slaves, that that's the opposite of freedom, and very offensive to people.  And I think you probably know that.  

BUNDY: Well, let me tell you - I took this boot off so I wouldn't put my foot in my mouth with the boot on.  But let me see if I can say something.

You know, maybe I sinned and maybe I need to ask forgiveness and maybe I don't know what I actually said.  But, you know, when you talk about prejudice, we're talking about not being able to exercise what we think and our feelings.  We're not freedom - we don't have freedom to say what we want.  If I call - if I say Negro or black boy or slave, I'm - if those people cannot take those kind of words and not be offensive, then Martin Luther King hasn't got his job done yet.  They should be able to - I should be able to say those things and they shouldn't offend anybody.  I didn't mean to offend them.



Cuomo bundy constitution

CUOMO:  The Constitution in Article 1 Section 8 and in the Fifth Amendment gives the federal government the right to appropriate and purchase land.  Your state constitution recognizes -

BUNDY:  For what person?  For what purpose?

CUOMO:  For purposes it deems appropriate.

BUNDY:  For what purpose can they do it?

CUOMO:  And it specifically –

BUNDY:  No, it don't say that.

CUOMO:  Oh, absolutely it does.  You should read the book instead of just holding it in your pocket maybe.  But when you look at your state constitution, it says that it respects the federal law.  And that's why your ranchers, your brother and sister ranchers, pay the fees that you refuse to.

Now you come on the show, you hold up a dead calf and that makes everybody upset.  But you should look at yourself for why the calf is dead, because if you paid the fees, this wouldn't have happened.  Isn't that a fair point?

BUNDY:  No, it's not.

CUOMO:  Because?

BUNDY:  It's not a fair point at all.  This is the United States of America.  I live in a sovereign state, the State of Nevada, and I abide by all the state laws.  And I'll be damned if this is property of the United States.  They have no business here.  They have no business harassing my cattle, abusing this calf to the point he's dead.  They left this calf for two weeks without a mother.


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Cattle rancher Cliven Bundy talks to his supporters Friday, April 11, in Bunkerville, Nevada.

Cattle rancher Cliven Bundy talks to his supporters Friday, April 11, in Bunkerville, Nevada.

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