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Murder In Rome By U.S. Students: What Happened?

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Over the weekend, two 19-year-old Americans travelling in Italy were arrested for the murder of a police officer in Rome.  The story caught my eye because I used to live in Rome, covered the courts as a reporter, and know how tough it can be getting a fair trial when you’re accused of one of the most vilified acts in Italy (and almost anywhere) — killing a police officer.  Add that to the fact that neither reportedly speaks Italian well, if at all, and the difficulties their parents will face navigating the Italian criminal justice…

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