New York, March 27 - The Italian justice system was the focus of the American press on Wednesday following a ruling by the Italian supreme court to overturn the acquittal of American student Amanda Knox for the 2007 murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher. Both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal stressed the differences between how trials are conducted in the US and Italy, where Knox and her ex-boyfiend Raffaele Sollecito face a new appeal after already having spent four years in a Perugia prison. "(The annulment of the acquittal) highlighted the divide between the legal systems of Italy and the United States, where defendants cannot be tried twice for the same crime after an acquittal or a conviction," said the New York Times. The Associated Press said the case raised "concerns both at home and abroad" about how justice works in Italy. "It's a system where people cleared of serious crimes can have the threat of prison hanging over them for years, while powerful politicians such as former premier Silvio Berlusconi can avoid jail sentences almost indefinitely by filing appeal after appeal until the statute of limitations runs out," said the AP.
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