Italy's former Prime Minister isn't going to jail just yet, but his legal trouble haven't gone away just because he had a good day at the polls a few weeks ago.
This we know for sure: Silvio Berlusconi is still guilty of tax fraud. But the former three-time Italian prime minister and long-time media baron may never see the inside of a jail cell, on account of being a wealthy political fat cat, and also because he's really old.
After contemplating the country's recent woes — the recent resignation of Pope Benedict XVI plus the meltdown of Italy's election for Prime Minister — the Daily Show host offered some advice, and condemnation, to Italians, a third of whom voted for Silvio Berlusconi, the perpetually scandalized politician.
The results will not only decide who controls a new government but how the country will continue to deal with economic crisis at home and across Europe. And depending on which way things swing, Rome could end up even more divided than Washington.
The former Prime Minister of Italy argued (not so persuasively) that he would be too busy campaigning to pay attention to a child prostitution trial. A judge on Monday thought otherwise.
A day after being sentenced to four years in prison for tax fraud, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is warning his People of Freedom party might withdraw their for current Prime Minister Mario Monti.
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was found guilty of tax evasion and sentenced to four years in prison by a Milan court on Friday, Bloomberg News reports. That's two less years than what the Italian seismologists who were found guilty for not predicting the L'Aquila earthquake.
"Confidantes" of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi have begun floating the idea that the "disgraced" leader is rested and ready to reclaim his old job.
Fugitive penguins. Monkeys on a plane. Presidential pot smoking. Just in case you don't have enough surreal news to think about today, try this little gem: Silvio Berlusconi enjoyed a sexy "Burlesque version of President Barack Obama."
Silvio Berlusconi walks away from charges he bribed a lawyer $600,000 to lie for him under oath -- but only because the statute of limitations has expired.
Prosecutors asked an Italian judge today to sentence Silvio Berlusconi to five years in prison for bribing a lawyer, forgetting (or perhaps just wishing to forget) that the ex-prime minister is very good at getting out of jailtime for his cartoonish corruption.
Take it away, @DrSamuelJohnson: "Politickal Priapus Signor Silvio BERLUSCONI does tender his Resignation, doubtless in order to spend Time with other People's FAMILIES."
The Italian Parliament votes for an austerity plan, clearing the way for Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's resignation, expected Saturday.
Lots of Italian and international observers have had basta with Silvio Berlusconi for years, but none more so than The Economist, which, in cover story after cover story, has been trying to take down the libidinous Italian leader since 2001 -- so congrats to The Economist!
Italy's news media is reporting that its famously scandal-ridden prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has offered to resign after securing passage of an austerity bill in Parliament, The Guardian writes.
Berlusconi wins a procedural vote (but loses his majority), the Dalai Lama blames China, and Sadam Hussein's prison toilet will be headed to a U.S. museum.
The world has apparently reached the point where the best way for a politician to smother rumors of his impending resignation is to update his Facebook status.
The G20 meetings in Cannes have yielded plenty of verbal support for the ailing euro zone, but so far, nobody's willing to actually cough up any cash.
Prosecutors say Berlusconi associates supplied prostitutes to curry favor with the Italian prime minister
Plus: Ashleigh Banfield may be headed to CNN's 'American Morning'
As Obama sets off for Martha's Vineyard, his counterparts shorten their vacations
Or is Italy's prime minister just trying to duck bribery charges?
Italy's prime minister called himself "the most accused man in the universe"
Italian premier charged with paying for sex with an underage girl 13 times
Fear of the International Criminal Court are making him dig in, says Berlusconi
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