It was the second time that the court, known as the Supreme Court of Cassation, had vacated an appellate court ruling in the case, which had been tabloid fodder for years on both sides of the Atlantic and revealed the arcane workings of the Italian criminal justice system.
Gasps went up among spectators in the Rome courtroom, where after 10 hours of deliberation, the presiding judge, Gennaro Marasca, announced the decision. The reasoning behind the decision is to be made public within 90 days...
...Giulia Bongiorno, Mr. Sollecito’s lawyer, who had asked the court for a full acquittal, looked stunned at first. “They cleared them of the charges?” she asked disbelievingly. “There’s no retrial?”
A full exoneration in complicated cases is uncommon, and typically the Court of Cassation will send a case back to an appellate court when inconsistencies emerge.
“It’s very rare, and goes beyond our most optimistic predictions,” said Luciano Ghirga, a lawyer on Ms. Knox’s defense team.