Berlusconi convicted in sex-for-hire trial, sentenced to 7 years and lifetime ban in office

  • Article by: COLLEEN BARRY , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 24, 2013 - 5:15 PM

MILAN — Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's flamboyant former premier, was sentenced to seven years in prison and banned from politics for life Monday for paying an underage prostitute for sex during infamous "bunga bunga" parties and forcing public officials to cover it up.

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hobie2Jun. 24, 13 1:19 PM

1) "Both he and the Moroccan woman at the center of the scandal have denied ever having sex." 2) "She was 17 at the time of the alleged encounters"... 17? And he couldn't tell?... 7 years in the slammer, even if they both deny it... FWIW, 40 years ago the age of consent for females in most of Europe was between 12 and 14 - about 150 years ago the minimum age for prostitution in France was raised to 14 - over strenuous objections of social welfare advocates who said it was too high, btw - now a 17 year old is a child... unless they commit a crime in the US, and then 11 year olds and younger are adults... Consistently inconsistent, if nothing else.

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mylittleidJun. 24, 1310:11 PM

Sadly, it's always a surprise when someone at Berlusconi's level of society is held accountable for their actions. It happens far too rarely.

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