JURIST Supported by the University of Pittsburgh
Serious law. Primary sources. Global perspective.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Berlusconi acquitted of bribery charges
Lisl Brunner at 2:53 PM ET

[JURIST] An appeals court in Milan upheld a lower court decision Friday clearing former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of charges that he bribed judges to prevent the sale of food company SME to rivals in 1985. After the lower court acquitted [BBC report], then-Prime Minister Berlusconi in 2004, he passed legislation [text, in Italian] precluding an appeal of the verdict. Subsequent decisions [JURIST report] by the Italian Court of Cassation and the Italian Constitutional Court [official websites], however, determined that the case should go forward. Last month, prosecutors appealed the trial court decision [JURIST report] and asked that Berlusconi be sentenced to five years in prison.

Berlusconi has faced trial on at least six occasions involving charges of embezzlement, false accounting, tax fraud, money laundering, and giving false testimony [JURIST reports] connected to his broadcasting company Mediaset [corporate website, in Italian]. While some of the tax fraud charges against Berlusconi have been thrown out [JURIST report], he and former lawyer David Mills currently face trial [JURIST report] on corruption charges. According to his lawyer, Berlusconi is "thrilled" with today's outcome. BBC News has more. Reuters Italia has local coverage, in Italian.

Link |  | print | subscribe | RSS feeds | latest newscast | Facebook page

For more legal news check the Paper Chase Archive...


 UN rights chief calls for end to fighting in eastern Ukraine
9:36 PM ET, July 28

 Congressman introduces bill to legalize marijuana oil
8:20 PM ET, July 28

 Federal Judge declares DC gun law unconstitutional
3:20 PM ET, July 27

 click for more...

Get JURIST legal news delivered daily to your e-mail!


Unprecedented Notice of Warrantless Wiretapping in a Closed Case
Ramzi Kassem
CUNY School of Law


Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.


Paper Chase welcomes comments, tips and URLs from readers. E-mail us at JURIST@jurist.org