Silvio Berlusconi, billionaire septuagenarian, football team owner, former Italian Prime Minister, Bunga-Bunga Party host, and one-time cruise ship crooner, was convicted in a wiretap leak trial and sentenced to a year in prison. Actually, under Italian law, old farts don’t have to serve sentences of under two years in prison. His 63-year-old kid brother Paolo, editor of Il Giornale, may not be so lucky; he was sentenced to two years and three months.
Right now big brother Silvio is serving time in Milan’s San Raffaele Hospital, avoiding final hearings in another trial, where he is accused of abusing his Presidential authority to cover up his sexual escapades with an underage prostitute. He may ask for further postponement of this sex trial the week after next, too. He just won 30 percent of the votes in the Italian election and may be needed to help form a new national government.
“Why Italians Vote for Berlusconi,’ Francesco Giumelli and Davide Maneschi, New York Times
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