Amanda Knox, the 24-year-old American woman who has spent the last four years in an Italian prison for murder, has just been acquitted by an appeals court, and the judge has ordered her immediate release.

Hundreds lined the streets in Perugia and crammed the courtroom as the verdict was read, stunning many who were there, including the victim's family. Many outside the courthouse cried "Shame, Shame!" upon hearing the news. Knox's co-defendent, Raffaele Sollecito, already had his sentence overturned a year previous. As of now, Knox is free to leave the country to return to her hometown of Seattle. However, she might want to move fast, because it's more than likely the decision will be appealed to Italy's highest court.

According to The Huffington Post, Knox has been at the center of a case that has made international waves since she was convicted in 2007 for the brutal sexual assault and murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher. The ensuing trial was an endless media spectacle and gossip mill on par with what you might see in any high-profile American murder case. During the trial, one of the prosecuting attorneys referred to her as a "satanic, diabolic, she-devil." The debate as to her guilt or innocence will no doubt rage on for years to come and draw comparisons to other notorious acquittals like Casey Anthony and O.J. Simpson.

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