Italian court strikes part of law that would protect Berlusconi
Parts of the law would protect Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from prosecution.
January 13th, 2011
11:15 AM ET

Italian court strikes part of law that would protect Berlusconi

Italy's Constitutional Court Thursday struck down key parts of a law that would protect Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from prosecution.

The law was designed to halt criminal proceedings against top government officials for 18 months on the grounds that they are too busy to appear in court.

But Italy's top court ruled that 18 months is too long, and that judges, not politicians, should be the ones to determine if a defendant is free to appear in court.

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  1. Mary


    January 13, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. aaron

    he cant be that bad. italians work less and eat better than we do.

    January 13, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sees All Evil

    I know others dont get such grace periods. cant he arrange his schedule accordingly?

    January 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. koliya

    Silvo needs to go to jail that lowlife thief and he would say the gypsies are bad well let us just say that racist will get his in the end

    January 13, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Quite true,koliya. Let's hope that this creep Berlusconi does get what he deserves.

      January 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Walter

    It took him less than a day to try and get the 17-year old Moroccan belly dancer out of jail.... Perhaps it's a matter of priorities?

    January 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    I'm gonna make you an offer you can't refuse. Capich?

    January 13, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    To: The People of the United States and The People of Italy: I love pepperoni pizza with sausage, bell peppers, and onions. I think famous people at this: Julius Cesear, Alexander the Great, General Custer, Abraham Lincoln, Queen Elizabeth, William Shakesphear, and Sarah Palin.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Daniel

    Does it really make that much of a difference?This creep Berlusconi will most probably buy his way out of this,too. He's even worse than the Mafia members that he's persecuting!

    January 13, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. waldo

    And what does he deserve daniel and are you mad at him

    January 13, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sees All Evil

    @Ceasar can you get over satans paramour i mean sarah palin lmao!

    January 13, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mr. Potato Head

    I never been to Idaho ? I wonder what the life of a potato is like out ?

    January 14, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mr. Potato Head

    I want live in Idaho – so I can be an Idaho Potato

    January 14, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |