274578-Amanda-Knox-Raffaele-Sollecito-and-the-nightmare-of-Italian-justice

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Anyone following the byzantine trials of Amanda Knox, the American exchange student accused with her onetime boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito of murdering her roommate in Perugia, will have noticed that criminal justice in Italy doesn’t work the way it does in other countries. First they were guilty, then they weren’t, now they are again. In the United States, this is commonly referred to as double jeopardy and is barred under the Constitution. In Italy, it’s pretty much business as usual.
When the pair was first arrested, more than six years ago, they were left to rot in jail and for months – in Sollecito’s case in solitary confinement – before charges were brought. They didn’t qualify for bail because bail does not exist in Italy. The prosecution regularly…

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