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    Re: Silvio Berlusconi To Stand Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    It wasn't stuatory rape, the age of consent is 14.
    Ah, that does make Berlusconi's lot seem less unethical. But still, the difference between 17 and 21 is quite a lot in terms of maturity and responsibility, and there are still the other matters involved.

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    Re: Silvio Berlusconi To Stand Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by Troubadour View Post
    Ah, that does make Berlusconi's lot seem less unethical. But still, the difference between 17 and 21 is quite a lot in terms of maturity and responsibility, and there are still the other matters involved.
    Yeah, the problem is that it's illegal to pay for sex when they're under 18, and that he abused his powers trying to cover it up.
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    Re: Silvio Berlusconi To Stand Trial

    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?
    He's done everything he can to make it legally impossible for a sitting PM to be prosecuted, but the SC has ruled his legislation unconstitutional. Don't forget, he's not President, not the Head of State, he's just the Head of Government. I don't know that he would automatically be removed from office, but I can't imagine the cabinet meetings taking place in a correctional facility, can you? But then again, this IS Italy. They do things differently there.
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    Re: Silvio Berlusconi To Stand Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Yeah, the problem is that it's illegal to pay for sex when they're under 18, and that he abused his powers trying to cover it up.
    Yes, and I envy the Italians their ability to hold leaders accountable - George W. Bush publicly admitted torturing people, and walks around a free man without a care in the world. US Republicans would probably murder any prosecutors who tried to go after him and Cheney.

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    Re: Silvio Berlusconi To Stand Trial

    For anyone who hasn't seen what this chick looks like yet:



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    Re: Silvio Berlusconi To Stand Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    For anyone who hasn't seen what this chick looks like yet:



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    Re: Silvio Berlusconi To Stand Trial

    I thought that she said Berlusconi DIDNT pay for sex. Is she admitting it now?
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    Re: Silvio Berlusconi To Stand Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Whatever you say about his behaviour, you can't fault his tastes.
    She's 18 now, so i have no problem in saying the following



    Though knowing she's been with b-sconi i may double bag...

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    Re: Silvio Berlusconi To Stand Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Not at all. It probably did happen with the limited information we are given at this point, or at least it doesn't look good for him.

    No, all I am saying is that we must wait until all the facts are known, unless equal justice, and innocent until proven guilty in a court of law is only a nice saying when you need it to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaya'08 View Post
    I thought that she said Berlusconi DIDNT pay for sex. Is she admitting it now?
    She's admitted receiving money - but says it wasn't for sex.

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    Re: Silvio Berlusconi To Stand Trial

    Quote Originally Posted by Infinite Chaos View Post
    There may be a whole lot of red faces if Berlusconi is found innocent.
    Not really. Berlusconi has made a career out of subborning the legal process for his own ends, corrupting the journalistic standards of 70% of Italy's media and I think the likeliest outcome will be that he gets off, again. I think it's an amazing achievement of the judiciary that it has got as far as it has. I think you have to look at Italy in the same light as you would Russia, it's run more by the fiat of Berlusconi and his kleptocracy than it is by the rule of law.

    I shall be eating my hat, live on Skype and DP, if Berlusconi spends even a day in prison.
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