Double Jeopardy & the Amanda Knox Case

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Robin Barton

Amanda Knox and her now ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of killing Meredith Kercher, Knox's roommate, on Nov. 1, 2007 in Perugia, Italy. Their convictions were overturned on appeal and Knox returned to the United States.

If this case had been prosecuted in the U.S., it would have ended there. Our "double jeopardy" provision prohibits the government from appealing an acquittal.

But under the Italian criminal justice system, the prosecution could—and did—appeal Knox's acquittal . . .

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