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Amanda Knox Case Is a Lesson in Understanding the Italian Justice System

Are you perplexed by the trials, appeals, acquittal, and, most recently, second acquittal of American Amanda Knox in the Italian criminal justice system? You are not alone.

The Amanda Knox case highlights key differences between the American and Italian criminal justice systems. Many Americans take for granted their due process rights and the operation of an adversarial judicial system that focuses on the fairness of the proceedings and the rights to defendants—elements that do not exist in the justice systems of other countries. Learn more about Italy's inquisitorial system where courts are involved in investigations in addition to presiding over court proceedings—a judicial process that would shock most Americans.

Veteran Forensic Scientist Examines Negligence in the Collection of Evidence Against Amanda Knox

By Dena Weiss, professor of criminal justice at American Military University

Meredith Kercher was found brutally murdered on November 2, 2007 in Perugia, Italy. This young 22-year-old British exchange student from the University of Foreigners was found stabbed and posed in a provocative manner in her bedroom located in a cottage shared by three other roommates.