Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy reminds me of Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. He always lands on his feet and you are left wondering – “does he plan it out or just make it up as he goes along?”
His trial for paying for sex with a minor started Wednesday in Milan, and neither he – nor the young woman in question – showed up. The judge ruled it an “unexcused absence.” Berlusconi is his country’s version of a conservative, and so he claims this is a plot by his country’s liberals – and the communists, and anyone else he can think of, really he sounds quite rambling and desperate – to discredit him. He has been tried on tax fraud and corruption and proven to have been lying, but the cases that have been heard have been lost because of things he did having been decriminalized after he did them, or the statute of limitations passing – even though he was proved to have lied.
I was interested to see that George Clooney is on the witness list for his sex crime trial. The ongoing coverage of this trial has been pretty gaudy and rather nasty. It sounds like Berlusconi has been (allegedly of course) (caught) running the sort of parties and lifestyle that the rulers of our world have always felt themselves entitled to.
The young woman who is the star witness “rebelled at 13 when her father tried to marry her to an older man” – proof arranged marriages are still alive and well on planet Earth.