The Italian legal system has disgraced itself again. The Amanda Knox case has long been an international travesty. Tainted from the start by a botched police investigation and prosecutorial misconduct, it led to a first conviction. When this was corrected by a subsequent acquittal, the courts gave the prosecution another bite at the apple. As the prosecution’s first theory had been discredited, it was allowed to try another.
In our Anglo-American legal system, this is double jeopardy. It is continued injustice, and extradition of Ms. Knox to Italy would further pile up the human rights violations.
The U.S. government can show its concern for its citizens and human rights by refusing extradition in this case.