I can say that the media made it out that italian legal jurisprudence is akin to a kangaroo court.
It's easy to get a poor impression of Italian justice just by reading about Berlusconi's legal issues. But maybe one of the issues that Americans don't understand is that in continental civil law traditions, judges are not impartial, but rather part of their office is to prosecute criminals. A judge that to an American or Englishman would look grotesquely biased is just doing his job. Is this maybe what was going on in the media presentation?
More than likely. I was listening to a talking head say that in italy, 3rd hand heresay is admissable. So is character assassination. Is that true?
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Gregory the Great
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