TA doesn't have a category for legal matters, so I am wedging it into the Politics, Economics... category.

In Italy, their concept of double jeopardy isn't quite the same as it is in the United States where, if you are tried and found innocent, that's it. You can't be tried again for the same crime. In Italy, appeals are reviewed by a higher court and sometimes, as in this case, the higher court asks them to do it again based on certain errors identified by the higher court. 

If she's innocent, as most Americans seem to think*, she must be wondering if this matter will be neverending. 

In fact, as this article (from a British news source) explains, there is as much reason to be undecided as there is to take Amanda's or the Italian prosecution's side. 

Part of the problem for the Italian prosecution is the prosecutor himself. A man who is clearly a showboater, who has a rather loose grip on the concept of justice, and is himself under investigation for abuse of office. Perhaps worse, he is a fan of occultism who sees the work of satanists behind every bush. I don't even think most people who suppose Knox is guilty see any satanism in the case.

Another problem is the crime scene investigation which doesn't meet the standards prevailing in the US, the UK, and elsewhere. In fact, as it turned out, most of it was simply incompetent with much of the evidence contaminated in various ways or with the chain of custody broken.

While Americans generally feel that Amanda Knox's acquittal was just, even if she was guilty, because we believe the burden of proof is on the prosecution. At the same time, it's easy to understand the public in the UK who have their doubts that Meredith Kercher got justice. 

What do you think?

* Apparently, in the UK, whence came the victim, Meredith Kercher, there is a feeling among many quite opposite that of the average American. 

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