LAXWill10 saidWell, I know about this but The *Double Jeopardy* law applies to US crimes committed on US soil. Now, if she's convicted again in Italy high courts system and IF Italy does Vigorously want the US to extradite her back, it'd be interesting to see what the US will do. One can argue that since Amanda Knox *committed these crimes in Italy, the US's double jeopardy law does not apply and the US should turn over *This fugitive based on good faith and international relations with Italy. (Ha, now I'm thinking like a lawyer mode). Having said that, I don't think the US will do this and Italy will cry FOUL.
Since when does the US care what other countries think? You're right that US laws only apply in the US, but the US tends not to extradite American citizens already on US soil for things that would violate US legal practices. If the US decides to extradite her, Knox can contest that in US courts, and the US courts would probably agree with her, citing double jeopardy law. I don't know for sure this will happen, but this is what I would expect.
And Italy -contrary to the stereotypes Americans have of Italians- tends to be a quiet country on the international scene, and tends to just go with the flow. This is a common criticism of Italy, that relative the country's large size, Italy tends to lay low in EU politics.
If anything, it's we Americans that are the whiny crybabies. While I would agree that Knox should not
be extradited to Italy, sometimes we here in the US whine for the wrong reasons. There was an international custody case a few years ago between the US and Brazil over a child that had dual US-Brazilian nationality. His dad was American and lived in the US. His parents were not married; mom was Brazilian took him with her back to Brazil. She died there, and the kid was then living with mom's family. Dad went to Brazil and tried to get custody of his son; mom's family didn't want to hand him over to his father. Brazil is a democratic country; Brazil's president of the time -Lula da Silva- agreed that the custody should be given to the child's American father, but it wasn't up to the president. It was widely believed that the Brazilian court system would also rule in favor of the American dad (which is what ended up happening). But before giving Brazil's democratic and judicial systems a chance to sort it out, we had American politicians whining that a pending trade deal with Brazil -worth billions of dollars- should be canceled to punish Brazil. Americans make these hyperbolic and whiny holier-than-thou statements all the time, and it's really annoying to the rest of the world. Italy and Brazil are not Saudi Arabia. These are democratic countries...yes with their own flaws, but we have flaws too. It's we in the US that are the crybabies.
Art_Deco saidIs this the same Italian court system that prosecuted seismologists because they did not accurately predict an earthquake? I can't say I have a lot of faith in anything the Italian courts do.
That was a case that indeed embarrassed Italy, but those seismologists, rightfully, were acquitted on appeal. That's one ridiculous case, and the Italian system indeed has its flaws, but we have massive flaws in our system in the US, where we put innocent people on death row all the time. Italy, at least, does not have the death penalty.