ITALY: Fresh Start

One of the ironies of history is that in the land where once the Romans hammered out the basic statutes of law and justice for the Western world, their successors in the modern nation of Italy are caught in as tangled and Kafkaesque a legal code as besets any country. Wrestling with precedents that go back to the Twelve Tables of 450 B.C., to the Caesars and Hadrian and Justinian, plagued by remnants of the Code Napoleon and the harsh Fascist glorifications of police and state, baffled judges let dockets pile up. Cases...

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