Differences – And Similarities? – Between Italian and US Courtrooms

I was watching the coverage of the Amanda Knox appeal today and at one point after it was announced the verdict had been overturned, a commentator from CNN was walking the audience through the differences between Italian courts and US courts.

He mentioned the difference of how judges are appointed, how juries are chosen, and in a closing statement, before sending it back to Wolf Blitzer, he mentioned how there was a crucifix hanging from the wall in the Italian court.

I asked the question on my Facebook wall, “A CNN commentator just pointed out a crucifix on the wall in the Amanda Knox Italian courtroom saying US courtrooms don’t have religious symbols on the wall. Do you think the motto ‘In God We Trust’ that adorns many courtroom walls falls under that symbol?”

I’d be interested in hearing your point of view. Please add it in the comment section here or on my Facebook wall.


One response to “Differences – And Similarities? – Between Italian and US Courtrooms

  1. Amanda Knox freed after second trial reveals she and all people connected to this case that were charged are all now free because there is no case against them in the first place. The only people upset now are the people that still do not know or understand how the criminal justice systems work, both here in the states and overseas. Now that they do not have to continue to fret over this case now, maybe now for these unsatisfied-people it might be a great time for those upset with this verdict and Casey Anthony’s verdict to get back to school and get their doctorates now, imo. Ignorance appears bliss for those types of people. Next, these same folks are likely thinking Conrad Murray will be found guilty in his case and will receive four years in prison. Hope their expectations are low enough for themselves because they may again be soon shocked by another dose of reality, imo.

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