The Law: Justice, Italian Style

Almost 26 years after Mussolini hung by his heels in a Milan public square, Italy's legal system retains the heavy imprint of II Dace's regime. One-third of the country's penal laws were passed during the Fascist period; because they remain on the books, Italians can still be arrested without warrants, denied bail and jailed for months without formal charges. The legal machinery is so faulty, in fact, that roughly half of all prisoners are released immediately after trial because the government has failed to prove its case or the hapless defendant has already served his sentence before being convicted.

The sorry state...

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