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NYT || Italian Court Rejects Prime Minister's Immunity

After deliberating for two days in one of the most tense political climates in the country's recent memory, the 15 judges of Italy's highest court ruled that the law -- which shields Italy's four highest office holders from prosecution while they are in office -- violates the clause in the Italian constitution granting citizens equality under the law.

The ruling was a stunning blow for Mr. Berlusconi, who has been dogged for decades by legal problems surrounding his vast business empire of media and real estate holdings. The ruling reopens his involvement in three cases now in the courts, including one in which Mr. Berlusconi's tax lawyer was found guilty of taking a bribe to protect the prime minister.


Most Italians have lost track of Mr. Berlusconi's byzantine legal entanglements, which are of a kind that would have probably spelled his political demise in many other countries. In his 15 years in political life, Mr. Berlusconi has repeatedly accused magistrates of left-wing bias and of mounting witch hunts against him. In today's Italy, governed by Machiavellian Realpolitik and lacking an effective leftwing political opposition, neither the judiciary nor the press is perceived as independent, but rather is seen as at the service of political interests.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Wed Oct 7th, 2009 at 04:19:22 PM EST
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Silvio Berlusconi intervened by telephone last night on his favorite reporter's program to repeat the crass, baseless accusations his group has decided to use. He insinuated that the President of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, who had signed the Alfano Law into law had double-crossed him through his influence over the "leftist" judges on the highest court.

The only woman present, Rossi Bindi, vice-president of the House of Deputies, declared that his accusations were extremely grave.

Berlusconi then insulted her, "You're more beautiful than intelligent. I couldn't care less what you say."

None of the men present dared to raise their voices in her defense regardless their profession or political colour.

Bindi, visibly pale, replied, "Evidently I'm a woman who's not at your disposition."

A sad nation in which a man of the highest responsibility can insult women and pander delirious conspiracy theories in all impunity. Are there any men left in this country of mezz'uomini as Sciascia called them?

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Thu Oct 8th, 2009 at 12:59:04 AM EST
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Wow~! Over the freakin' edge, he's gone.

Is there video on that  available? That would be wonderful to show.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Thu Oct 8th, 2009 at 04:36:15 AM EST
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