Bunga Behind Bars: Court Sentences Berlusconi To 4 Years In Prison

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It seems Berlusconi's recent comments on not running for office were very prescient as he has just been slapped with a four year jail sentence for tax fraud and banned from politics for five years:


Bunga Bugga? We do note the farce of all this as DPA notes: Berlusconi will not serve his sentence if he appeals against the first instance judgement.

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Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:16 | 2921341 fonzannoon
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Free Jon Corzine!

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:17 | 2921345 MiltonFriedmans...
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This agression will not stand, man.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:21 | 2921362 hedgeless_horseman
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Berlusconi will not serve his sentence if he appeals against the first instance judgement.

The perp on the left thought that, too. 

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:22 | 2921367 redpill
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Yeah but the perp on the right is still free.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:26 | 2921379 flacon
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Lots of pretty Italian hookers in jail to service Berl? What's he gonna do?

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:41 | 2921435 GetZeeGold
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What....no double secret probation?


Guy's a rookie - Jon Corzine

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 12:07 | 2921819 metastar
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And when will the criminals at the top of American government see prison time???

No, No, No ... those private prisons are intended for the citizen slave class.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 11:07 | 2921556 Agent P
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He did get double secret probabtion for the tax fraud...it was not predicting the earthquake that got him four years in the pokey.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 15:05 | 2922381 Harbanger
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The real punishment was not being able to run for office for 5 years.  Are they kidding? That's torture.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:51 | 2921479 TIMBEEER
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he will be very careful not to drop the bar of soap. It could become one ugly soap opera bunga bunga.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 11:09 | 2921564 malikai
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Is is just me or does anyone else think Blago should have been a Pastor in a Texas evangelical Superchurch?

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:32 | 2921398 WhiteChrist
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Indeed, it will not stand. The thralls of darkness shall never ashame such great men as Berlusconi or Corzine. The Lord will see to this, as their work is His. I bow before their likes, as should any other. There is no need to worry. Instead, let us look to today's doings at His cheapings and buy. This is bullish, as the Lord leaveth no friend in the lurch.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:58 | 2921424 hedgeless_horseman
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Blankfein's first name is spelled, "Llord," with two Ls.

And some dude on the radio was dreaming about your birthday.


Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:18 | 2921347 tawse57
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There is an automatic right of appeal in the Italian system so he can drag this out for a while longer yet I guess.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:18 | 2921351 slaughterer
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  Berlusconi-ing Euro-politicians just took on an uglier look.  If Rajoy has any criminal activity to hide, then we get the Spanish bailout accord this weekend.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:41 | 2921436 SilverIsKing
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Criminal activity can be created by one stroke of the keyboard.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:18 | 2921352 Seasmoke
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Party on......Party on !!

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:42 | 2921439 GetZeeGold
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Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:19 | 2921355 jjsilver
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The Organic Laws of the United States of America limit federal taxation and legislation to the territory owned by or subject to the exclusive legislative power of the United States (Congress)

United States Territorries: District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands and the trust territory of the Pacific Islands


Unraveling Federal Jurisdiction within a State-CSPOA - Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association

“Citizenship for Dummies”

American Governance

Balzac v. People of Porto Rico, 258 U.S. 298 (1922) This Supreme Court opinion by Chief Justice William Howard Taft identifies United States district courts as territorial courts. Any federal court calling itself a “United States District Court” will be a court that is limited to federal territory and federal property.

"Once jurisdiction is challenged, the court cannot proceed when it clearly appears that the court lacks jurisdiction, the court has no authority to reach merits, but rather should dismiss the action." Melo v. U.S. 505 F 2d 1026

A judgment rendered by a court without personal jurisdiction over the defendant is void. It is a nullity. [A judgment shown to be void for lack of personal service on the defendant is a nullity.] Sramek v. Sramek, 17 Kan. App. 2d 573, 576-77, 840 P.2d 553 (1992), rev. denied 252 Kan. 1093 (1993).

"A court cannot confer jurisdiction where none existed and cannot make a void proceeding valid. It is clear and well established law that a void order can be challenged in any court", OLD WAYNE MUT. L. ASSOC. v. McDONOUGH, 204 U. S. 8, 27 S. Ct. 236 (1907).

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:38 | 2921416 earleflorida
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you forgot 'is`rael'...

 depending on 'what the definition of 'is', is'?

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 11:09 | 2921563 recidivist
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As long as we are the world's policeman, the entire globe is our beat...as a corollary, rendition is just a transfer.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 11:38 | 2921695 JR
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We may soon learn, "You can't teach an old dog to live on a chain."

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 12:26 | 2921566 El Viejo
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Populist Rep Wright Patman of Texas suggested(during a House hearing in 1939) that the FED could be taxed because it was privately owned by the twelve reserve banks of the Federal Reserve.(private banks) A DC tax collector was also convinced that the FED was not part of the government because the Board of Governors had purchased the property in 1935 for $750,000 and DC sent a property tax bill to the FED's Board of Governors, but the governors refused to pay. (The Treasury department had signed over the deed which relinquished "all the right title and interest of the United States of America." )
Begging the question: How can the government sell real estate to itself? In 1941 DC scheduled a public auction for delinquent taxes. The auction was postponed several times and eventually DC gave up. (there was a war going on at the time)

The twelve Reserve Banks, to make sure it didn't happen again, executed a quit claim deed elliminating any suggestion that they owned the building.
Hence the FED has always been quasi-government. (independent and probably rightly so from politicians)(Now if we could only separate it from bankers)

from "Secrets of the Temple", William Greider

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:20 | 2921356 HD
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The second he dared to say he would run against Goldman puppets his fate was sealed.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:32 | 2921405 rqb1
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you right.  it seems italy has put the only guy who could rescue it in a bind. 

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 12:12 | 2921844 rqb1
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you are right.  it seems italy has put the only guy who could rescue it in a bind

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:20 | 2921358 LongSoupLine
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i love it, do 4, immediately start campaigning, get elected at 5.



almost as big a joke as our political system.  

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:24 | 2921374 Orly
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Except for the whole hold your scientists accountable for an earthquake thing.

We wouldn't stoop that low...

Would we?

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:30 | 2921393 Bob
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My thought as well.  It seems the public may be only beginning to vent its ire.  Shit could get real interesting. 

American Spring 2014. 

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:21 | 2921360 slaughterer
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Algos have locked onto

AAPL 610

AMZN 230

I guess that will keep the ES from breaking below 1400 again.  

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:25 | 2921380 wandstrasse
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so you are not really interested in signore Berlusconi, right?

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:36 | 2921418 1eyedman
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140.77 SPY ...its been a long time since we had a good black and blue Fri/Mon lurch south.

can you say goodmorning to 1340 on tuesday?


Fri, 10/26/2012 - 11:01 | 2921531 helping_friendl...
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Yea of little faith.

The market will be Einhorned. 

He said so it must be so!

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:22 | 2921366 Dr. Engali
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Can't have Bunga Bunga screwing up the squid's plans.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:23 | 2921368 Orly
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Of course he can bed all the 16 year-old girls he wants to...but, just last week he was hinting at running again for PM and getting Italy out of the Euro.

So he won't have to go to jail but he can't run for office for five years.

What a co-inky-dink.


Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:45 | 2921453 YungHungAndLegal
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F*ck him.  He and Corzine and the rest of the degenerates can spend their remaining years painting eachothers toenails, washing their underware in the sink, and cooking grilled cheese sandwiches on the radiator of their jail cell.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:51 | 2921491 toomanyfakecons...
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You may just live to see U.S. bankster-politicians behind bars on a mass scale... http://tinyurl.com/cd5cyjo/

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 11:43 | 2921725 Vince Clortho
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Two questions:

1.  Will he be going to Federal-Fuck-him-in-the-ass prison?

2.  Do they allow Sex on these Conjugal Visits?

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:23 | 2921369 aleph0
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My guess is the moment he said that Italy should leave the Euro - he was a branded man.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:30 | 2921392 paulie
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He says true things but lacked the guts to put them into practice.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:32 | 2921399 1eyedman
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can anyone trace trichets slip of the lip that led to him trying to get with a miad (in nyc? really? where high end prosttutes are a google seach away?)

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 11:31 | 2921655 Ghordius
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I disagree. I was a long time supporter of Berlusconi, also here on ZH. Fact is that he started long ago to go after that curious Italian caste that is the Magistratura, which is a Civil Service of career lawyers that after passing a Chinese Mandarin-like testing serve as Public Accusers and Judges - and was infiltrated during the Cold War by legions of (at that time) Moscow-friendly Communists.

Classic Non-Elected, by the way. Sometimes with a Judge on a second instance case of which he was the Public Accuser in the first.

They hate his tycoon, conservative and liberal guts, they hate the fact that the Mani Pulite Affair did not work the way they wanted - they would have had to arrest and indict the whole million-strong entrepreneural class - and they have embroiled him in something like 30+ cases, where he usually gets out in the second or third instance.

His "get Italy out of the EUR" was a classic Berlusconi manouver - mostly testing the political waters around the new protest movements where we also find that clown Beppe Grillo. Yes, he would put this on the table as bargaining chip if he will be back in power, but this is the Italian conservative position anyway.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 12:01 | 2921802 aleph0
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You may be right .

OTOH ... do you remember when German President Wulff had stated he would NOT sign the ESM-Contract ? ... well, it didn't take very long for him to become the most disliked Bundespräsident ever ( thx to the controlled MSM propaganda ). Gauck took over, and he has already signed the ESM-contract ... probably the first act-of-state he did.

Sure ... all these people have skeletons in their cupboards - which make them easy to control - perfect for the PTB.


Fri, 10/26/2012 - 12:38 | 2921909 Pseudo Anonym
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sacrificed by banksters for proceeding w/o permission:

His "get Italy out of the EUR" was a classic Berlusconi manouver - mostly testing the political waters around the new protest movements where we also find that clown Beppe Grillo.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 14:48 | 2922343 combatsnoopy
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AH, but now!  Now, the Super Mario Brothers: Mario Monti and Mario Draghi get to hop on mushrooms, peg brick ceilings for gold coins and hurdle trees while they use their own revolving doors with Goldman Sachs. 


Sat, 10/27/2012 - 02:40 | 2922751 Uskatex
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BS. It is true that Italian judiciary class is somewhat a caste, but typically they are very professional, and independent. Some judges are corrupt, but these usually will not declare guilty Berlusconi. I believe that, on average, a judge will ponder a lot before declaring guilty B., because he knows that a large part of Italian newspapers and virtuall all televisions will scrutinize his/her sentence and will tell, or suggest, that the sentence is biased and is due to "political reasons" (exactly what is happening in this case).

The truth is that Berlusconi actually committed most, if not all, the crimes he is accused of. He managed to escape in the referred 30+ cases mainly because he was able to change the laws, cancelling the offences, and above all using the "prescrizione" (statute of limitations), an absurd Italian law that prescribes that most crimes cannot be prosecuted after a given number of years from their execution, even if the trial has begun. Put together with the slowness of Italian justice (again, mainly due to laws made by our political class), the result was that B. managed to escape virtually all his judgements, even if he was guilty.

Sun, 10/28/2012 - 11:35 | 2925221 Ghordius
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oh, sure, there is a lot of things B did that are against the law. nevertheless I understand there is no nation like Italy where the entrepreneur class is so vast and so bad at following the law - while being notoriously bad at providing a sensible legal framework for entrepreneuship.

you agree on the "somewhat a caste". corruption of judges is nothing new, what counts is how much.

I agree on many being very professional and independent

but do you agree on a number of their Magistrature doing a lot of politically motivated moves?

ah, probably B is just doing a bit of fancy legwork so that the Prez gives him a life-senatorship (and so life-immunity) - just like Monti

remember his patron Bettino Craxi? At the end this is what scares him, to end in "exile", longing after all the hot girls that party in Italy...

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:24 | 2921375 Yen Cross
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That explains the sudden withdrawal from the Italian Elections earlier this week. I'm sure he will be sent to a nice "Hugo Escobar-ish" executive retreat, with his own guards, and open visiting hours.

Fri, 10/26/2012 - 10:25 | 2921378 slaughterer
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4 days holding pattern around 1410 on ES cash.

What a way to kill off all those straddles and strangles.

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