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    Re: Silvio Berlusconi To Stand Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Under Italian law, there would't've been a problem if he didn't pay her, the age of consent is 14, but you have to be over 18 to be a prostitute.
    So you're telling me, that technically because she's not 18, that means even if he did pay her he can't be prosecuted for solicitation?

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    Re: Silvio Berlusconi To Stand Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    So you're telling me, that technically because she's not 18, that means even if he did pay her he can't be prosecuted for solicitation?

    My brain is collapsing in on itself!
    No, he can be prosectued for paying an under 18 to have sex with him, but as she was over 14, it's incorrect to refer to her a underage.
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    Re: Silvio Berlusconi To Stand Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    No, he can be prosectued for paying an under 18 to have sex with him, but as she was over 14, it's incorrect to refer to her a underage.
    Ah okay.

    That makes sense now.

    Thanks for the Italian Law Lesson Spud. Perhaps you could also be more helpful in Answering DIannas question.

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    Re: Silvio Berlusconi To Stand Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Ah okay.

    That makes sense now.

    Thanks for the Italian Law Lesson Spud. Perhaps you could also be more helpful in Answering DIannas question.
    What was her question?
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    Re: Silvio Berlusconi To Stand Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    What was her question?
    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    I'm kind of surprised that he's being criminally prosecuted while still in office. Then again, I'm not the most proficient legal mind when it comes to global governmental issues, but I thought a country's president had to be impeached or otherwise be removed from office before criminal charges could be levied. Apparently that's not true, but to those who are proficient in matters of Italian law, if he is convicted is he automatically removed from office?
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    Re: Silvio Berlusconi To Stand Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
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    Well, he's not the president, but the prime minister, thus the head of government, but not of state (this is why parlimentary systems are better), and from what I've read, he can be prosecuted while in office, but can't be removed from office until the charge is proven, and only if the charge leads to jail time (I think, from my reading of their contitution). Though the parliment can go for a vote of no confidence if they feel like it.
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    Re: Silvio Berlusconi To Stand Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    To compare Clinton to Berlusconi is quite a fallacy my friend.
    You are close to right Clinton got his Lewinsky job in a closet, Monica is older, over weight, not as pretty and, gives it away.

    Other than that and the lack of cigar in this story it's really the same thing.

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    Re: Silvio Berlusconi To Stand Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Well, he's not the president, but the prime minister, thus the head of government, but not of state (this is why parlimentary systems are better), and from what I've read, he can be prosecuted while in office, but can't be removed from office until the charge is proven, and only if the charge leads to jail time (I think, from my reading of their contitution). Though the parliment can go for a vote of no confidence if they feel like it.
    He can be prosecuted while in office only because the law he put in place banning this, was struck down by the Italian Supreme Court. The last vote of non confidence he won by 2 votes.... the next he might very well loose.
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    Re: Silvio Berlusconi To Stand Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    the comparison is valid.
    Equating Clinton's consensual infidelity with an adult woman to statutory rape sex with a teenager and prostitution is just another example of whacked-out conservative moral perversity. I don't pretend to know either Bill Clinton or Silvio Berlusconi personally - I suppose, based on your comment, that you think you do - but based entirely on their political careers, I would much rather be associated with the former than the latter. Because morality is in how you treat people, not how closely you adhere to the sermons of a fundie televangelist. Conservatives need to figure that out.
    Last edited by Troubadour; 02-16-11 at 07:55 AM.

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    Re: Silvio Berlusconi To Stand Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by Troubadour View Post
    Equating Clinton's consensual infidelity with an adult woman to statutory rape and prostitution is just another example of whacked-out conservative moral perversity.
    It wasn't stuatory rape, the age of consent is 14.
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