Saw this and though I didn't really follow the original case that closely (by watching the news, I got the cliff's notes), I found it interesting that there's no protection in Italy for being tried for the same crime twice.
Italy court: Amanda Knox to be retried for Meredith Kercher murder
Amanda Knox was ordered to stand trial again for the murder of her roommate by Italy's top criminal court on Tuesday, but there appeared to be little the country could do to force her to return for the new hearings.
The Court of Cassation, Italy's final court of appeal, overturned the acquittals of both Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito over the 2007 killing of British student Meredith Kercher.
In a statement responding to the decision, Knox slammed prosecutors and vowed to fight on.
"It was painful to receive the news that the Italian Supreme Court decided to send my case back for revision when the prosecution's theory of my involvement in Meredith's murder has been repeatedly revealed to be completely unfounded and unfair," said Knox, who is now aged 25 and living in the Seattle area.
For reference here's the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution - No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Think about how different our legal system would be without that clause. Would OJs trial have been sent back? Casey Anthony's?
Judging from what I've read, the Italian courts are a huge **** but this must make things even more cumbersome.