DOUBLE JEOPARDY: Italy Overturns Knox Acquittal, Orders Retrial
WOW! And we thought our courts were messed up. This should make them a shoe in for the Clown College. Check it out:
Italy’s highest criminal court on Tuesday overturned Amanda Knox’s acquittal in the murder of her British roommate and ordered a new trial, prolonging a case that has become a cause celebre in the United States.
Knox called the decision “painful” but said she was confident that she would be exonerated.
Italian law cannot compel Knox to return for the new trial, and her lawyer said she had no plans to do so. The appellate court hearing the new case could declare her in contempt of court but that carries no additional penalties.
Italy’s Court of Cassation ruled that an appeals court in Florence must re-hear the case against the American student and her former Italian boyfriend for the murder of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher. The exact issues that have to be reconsidered won’t be known until the court releases its full ruling within 90 days.