Italian judges have ruled that former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was guilty of having sex with a minor and abusing his power. Berlusconi has been given a 7-year jail sentence, though the sentence is pending appeal. He has also been given a lifetime ban from public office. Berlusconi’s lawyer said he would appeal the verdict, as expected. Earlier, judges in a Milan court had retired to consider their verdict on Monday in a trial surrounding allegations that Berlusconi had sex with former nightclub dancer Karima El Mahroug, known as “Ruby the Heartstealer,” who was then under 18…According to Giovanni Orsina, professor of Italian history at the Luiss-Guido Carli University in Rome, the real worry for Berlusconi and the future of Italy’s government isn’t from Monday’s ruling but from another case that Berlusconi faces over tax fraud, which could ultimately undo his political career. “This trial has more visibility, it’s more interesting than the tax trial, but ultimately the tax fraud trial will have more of a final effect,” Orsina said. “But the trial in November over tax fraud is the last appeal and if guilty, Berlusconi would be out of politics for good,” he added. [CNBC]

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  1. Posted by DingALing | June 24, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    I don't know guys, did you see that girl? Might be worth a 7 year sentence. Plus, I bet the food in prison in Italy is amazing

  2. Posted by Guest | June 24, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Looks like a tranny.

  3. Posted by D.S.K. | June 24, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    "Ruby the Heart-Stealer?" Really?

    Even I know better than to fall for that…

  4. Posted by Hobbes | June 24, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Guess she should change her stage name to "Ruby the political dead-end".

  5. Posted by Guest | June 24, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Is the 7 year sentence some type of Italian ruling on "hotness" scale (with a 10-year sentence obviously the max?)

    – W. Jeff Clinton

  6. Posted by Guest | June 24, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Well, she stole MY nickname from my Rego Park days. Everyone used to call me Chazzy the Heart Stealer.

  7. Posted by guest | June 24, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    ABS( Age – 24) or (10 – Hotness), whichever gives the longer sentence

    -Judge Guiseppi

  8. Posted by Madoff Skilling & Co | June 24, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Going to jail in a country where sodomy is acceptable by the mainstream is the NKI.

  9. Posted by ILoveLamp | June 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Out of politics for good? Yeah, right.

    -Anthony Wiener, Marion Barry, Adam Clayton Powell

  10. Posted by segoviacobain | June 24, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Bunga Busted!

    (Disclaimer: KEM is my FB friend)

  11. Posted by Echo | June 24, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    It also explains why you didn't do any jail time…..

  12. Posted by Mexi_Cant | June 24, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Only in Italy is it perfectly ok and you can you still maintain a political career after having sex with a minor, but the line gets drawn when you actually get caught in tax fraud.

  13. Posted by DS King Kong | June 24, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    What good is power if you cannot abuse?

  14. Posted by Guest | June 24, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    What about his legitimate years, when he was paying taxes.

  15. Posted by Bejujular | June 24, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Is it that he committed tax fraud or because no one dumb enough to get caught could be PM (for a third time)?

  16. Posted by Distressed | June 24, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Only in the U.S. can you get busted for smoking crack and get re-elected!

  17. Posted by Chris Hansen | June 24, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Hi I'm Chris Hansen and this a story we are doing of perverted Italian Premiers having sex with 8 year olds…..

  18. Posted by SB's CPA | June 24, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    In Italia we have-a the three ledgers. One, she's a-for you. The second, for-a the tax collector. And the third, for-a your wife.

  19. Posted by M. Barry | June 25, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    bitch set me up

  20. Posted by pregnantwild | August 16, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Those people are power abusers. They want to be elected not to help our country but to abuse the popularity as well as their power to manipulate things.