BOISE The difference between the Italian judicial system and that of United States are vast. Nick Jorgensen is an associate professor of political science at the University of Idaho. Part of his research is the studying the different judicial systems around the world.
He says in the case of Amanda Knox, she had a better chance of receiving an appeal there than she would have had here.
She actually had a better shot in the Italian system, said Jorgensen.
That's because of the appeals process in Italy versus the United States. Jorgensen calls the probability of getting an appeal in America as 'hit-or-miss'
You have to get a higher court that's willing to hear the case. There it's automatic, said Jorgensen.
From the very beginning of the trial, more than four years ago Jorgensen says the differences between the judicial systems have been apparent.
The prosecutor who tried the initial case made statements to the press before the initial trial. That would have caused this to be a mistrial in the U.S. said Jorgensen.
That also includes the DNA evidence that was introduced in court early on.
As it turns out the DNA evidence was sufficiently flimsy and a lot of the commentary during the initial trial was that this evidence would have been laughed out of most courts internationally, probably including the U.S., said Jorgensen.
Prosecutors in Italy have said they are appealing Knox's release. Jorgensen tells us that it's highly unlikely that Amanda Knox would have to return to Italy.