ROME (Reuters) - Italy's top court ruled on Wednesday that a law granting Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi immunity from prosecution violates the constitution, in a verdict that will reopen trials against him and may undermine his government.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The Beginning of the End of Berlusconi? Immunity Rejected by Italy Court
Written by John Zipperer at 11:32 AM
For those of you following European politics, this is huge news. (One should always keep in mind the multi-page special section The Economist ran years ago laying out very effectively -- devastatingly, in my view -- the reasons Silvio Berlusconi shouldn't be Italian prime minister.) Now that Italy's high court has ruled that the sweetheart legislation giving Berlusconi immunity isn't legal, is it time to write his political epitaph (yet again)?