In Italy, double jeopardy for Amanda Knox?

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  • Prosecutors have appealed her acquittal in murder case
  • On Monday, Italy high court could rule to have her retried
In Italy, double jeopardy for Amanda Knox?

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Amanda Knox may face a new trial for allegedly killing a fellow student in Italy, because the Italian justice system doesn’t have the same double jeopardy protections as America.

Knox, an American, was a college student studying abroad in Italy when she was charged with the murder of her roommate. She spent four years in jail before an appellate court overturned her conviction, effectively acquitting her of the slaying.

Knox finally returned home to Seattle in October 2011.

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The Italian supreme court could decide Monday whether prosecutors will get another crack at convicting Knox, but the court could also decide the case ends here.

Knox's family told CNN they knew prosecutors would appeal the acquittal. "The appeal of Amanda's acquittal by the prosecution was not unexpected as they had indicated from the day of the verdict that they would appeal," a family statement in February 2012 said.

This wouldn’t happen in America. The double jeopardy clause of the Fifth Amendment prevents the government from prosecuting someone for the same crime more than once.

The court will hold 14 hearings Monday, with a decision expected around 7 or 8 p.m. ET, but it could be announced at any time, according to CNN journalists in the Rome bureau. There is also a possibility that deliberations could be held over until Tuesday.

If prosecutors are successful, the next issue will be determining whether Knox will be extradited to Italy for the new trial. Knox could be tried again even if she is not present for the trial.

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