Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi judge faces disciplinary proceedings

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Rome, August 7 - The Italian judiciary's
self-governing body, the CSM, opened disciplinary proceedings on
Wednesday against Antonio Esposito, the supreme court judge who
gave a controversial interview about last week's decision to
uphold a tax-fraud verdict against ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi.
The CSM's First Commission, which handles the transfer of
magistrates for questions of incompatibility, has opened a probe
into Esposito over an interview he gave that was published in
Naples-based daily Il Mattino.
Esposito, the head of the five-judge panel that upheld the
ex-premier's conviction, has said Il Mattino manipulated parts
of the interview to make it appear that he was commenting on the
Berlusconi case, while the judge argues he was just speaking in
general terms.
Il Mattino said what it published was a faithful
transcription of the interview.
The interview was highly unusual as a court usually only
comments on its sentences in a written explanation generally
published over a month after the verdict is announced.
Justice Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri requested
clarification from the supreme court over the interview.
The president of the supreme Court of Cassation, Giorgio
Santacroce, told ANSA that the interview was "inopportune".
Berlusconi's supporters said the interview casts doubt on
the legitimacy of the decision, arguing it lends credence to the
ex-premier's claims he is the victim of persecution from
politically motivated magistrates.
Cassation sources, however, said that nothing can change
the four-year jail sentence for Berlusconi - three years of
which have been commuted because of an amnesty - as it is now
definitive.

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