Monday, September 21, 2009

Here's hoping

The Times reports that Italy's Silvio Berlusconi has threatened to resign if the constitutional court overturns the law he passed last year to shield himself from corruption charges.

Here's hoping. The law in question is just the latest in a long line of self-serving law changes aimed at assuming impunity for Berlusconi. In 2005, just before he lost office for the second time, he reduced Italy's statute of limitations, allowing murderers, rapists, and other serious violent offenders escape justice in order to protect a crony about to be convicted of corruption. In 2008, facing charges himself, he simply suspended all "non-priority" trials to prevent a case against him from reaching the courts. The man is a corrupt little thug. And the sooner he is evicted from office and prosecuted, the better.