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Italy judge dismisses fraud charge against Berlusconi
A judge in Rome, Italy, dropped a fraud charge against former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday after finding that the statute of limitations had expired. Last week Italian prosecutors had asked to sent (More)
Italy prosecutors seek prison sentence for Berlusconi
Italian prosecutors asked a court on Monday to sentence former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to three years and eight months in prison on fraud charges. Berlusconi, who resigned as prime minister in November, ha (More)
Italy court dismisses Berlusconi corruption case
A Milan court on Saturday dismissed corruption charges against former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [Guardian backgrounder; JURIST news archive], finding that the statute of limitations had expired. Berlusconi was on trial for allegedly b (More)
California's Affirmative Action Ban in the Ninth Circuit
JURIST Guest Columnist Brian Landsberg of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law says that the Ninth Circuit will likely uphold its 1997 ruling that Proposition 209, California's ban on affirmative action, is constitutional... (More)
Berlusconi loses bid to block testimony at corruption trial
An Italian high court Thursday rejected an application by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to prevent testimony being heard at his corruption trial. Berlusconi had applied for but was denied an interim injun (More)
Italy PM Berlusconi loses motion to move trial to a special court
A Milan criminal court on Monday denied a motion filed by Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official website, in Italian; JURIST news archive] to move his prostitution trial to the Tribunal of Ministers , a special court set up to prosecute pu (More)
Italy lower house approves bill effectively cutting Berlusconi bribery trial short
The Italian Chamber of Deputies approved legislation by a vote of 314-296 Wednesday to shorten the statute of limitations for criminal trials of defendants who do not have prior convictions. The Italian Senate passed a similar version last Janua (More)
Italy corruption trial of PM Berlusconi adjourned to March
The corruption trial of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was adjourned for a month on Saturday, after the court rejected the defendant's request to suspend the trial. A court in Milan ruled that it cou (More)
Italy high court dismisses bribery charges against ex-Berlusconi lawyer
Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation on Thursday overturned the bribery conviction of David Mills , a British barrister and former lawyer to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official profile, in Italian; BBC profile]. The court agreed wi (More)
Italy court says corruption cases have dramatically increased over past year
The Italian audit court, Corte del Conti , announced Wednesday that the number of corruption cases in Italy have risen by 229 percent over the past year. Court president Tullio Lazzaro voiced his concerns over the significant increase in public co (More)