This week, two innocent victims were shot dead while performing a seemingly non-dangerous profession. A third victim was also injured. This time the victims were news reporters; reporting from a small city in the middle of Virginia. Has this senseless violence become the new reality in America?
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.
By Stephanie M. Hunziker, PhD, criminal justice faculty at American Military University
Last week, the California State Senate passed SB-967, a bill that would affect all state-funded college campuses to redefine the meaning of consensual sex. For decades now, state lawmakers around the country have relied heavily on the “no means no” campaign against sexual assault and rape.