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March 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Amanda Knox case smells of double jeopardy

 

Amanda Knox at a news conference after her 2011 acquittal.  (Photo:Ken Lambert /The Seattle Times

Amanda Knox at a news conference after her 2011 acquittal.
(Photo:Ken Lambert /The Seattle Times

While not altogether unexpected, Italy’s highest criminal court ruling  Tuesday overturning the acquittals of Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend in the 2007 murder of her British roommate is still a stunning development in a six-year-old case. The court ordered an entirely new trial but but one unlikely to involve Knox, according to lawyers representing the University of Washington student. The ruling did not explicitly call for  the rearrest of Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. Complex legal proceedings, including extradition, also diminish the likelihood Italy will get their hands on Knox again.

News reports depict the family of Meredith Kercher as pleased by the Italian court ruling. The Times editorial page has largely sympathized with Knox. Our latest piece argues against any attempt by Italy to extradite Knox and retry her. This piece sympathized with the tarnished reputation of the city of Perugia.

It is difficult not to view the court ruling through the lenses of the American judicial system and decry what appears to be a case of double jeopardy.

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