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Eugene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:02 AM
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AP: Milan Court Orders Berlusconi Tried
Milan Court Orders Berlusconi Tried


Monday October 30, 2006 4:46 PM

MILAN, Italy (AP) - A Milan court on Monday ordered former Italian Prime
Minister Silvio Berlusconi and a British lawyer to stand trial on charges
of corruption.

Berlusconi is accused of ordering the payment in 1997 of at least $600,000
to David Mills in exchange for the lawyer's false testimony in two trials
against Berlusconi. Both men deny the allegations.

Milan Judge Fabio Paparella issued the ruling after refusing a defense motion
to remove him from the case.

If convicted, Mills and Berlusconi could be sentenced to between three and
eight years in prison, prosecutors have said.

-snip-

Full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6180666...

Let justice be served.
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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:06 AM
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1. Coming soon to a headline in America: Bush to be impeached
It all catches up to them sooner or later. I hope justice is swift.

Vote Democratic in November and stop the insanity of the GOP!
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sugapablo Donating Member (483 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:20 AM
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4. Unfortunately...
Dems have already said they're "taking impeachment off the table". :(
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MGKrebs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:42 AM
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5. Yeah but we didn't say for how long.
Or, we can take it off the table and put it on the front burner!
Or, we can appoint a special prosecutor, and then if she recommends impeachment, well, what can we do but comply?
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:44 AM
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6. Until it is on the table.
That's one campaign promise that'll be broken. You can have impeachment until you have an investigation. If warranted, will the Republican response be, "but you promised not to impeach?" :LOL:
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John Gauger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:20 PM
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9. Exactly.
They're politicians. If impeaching Bush becomes politically expedient they'll do it. If we win the House, Conyers will begin his investigations immediately, I believe starting with the Downing Street Minutes. The Dems won't have much choice once Conyers is finished with Bush. They will be forced to impeach.
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sugapablo Donating Member (483 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:22 PM
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10. Well I hope you're right...
...because I'd love to see it.

While on the one hand you NEVER want to see the POTUS on trial like that, this current POTUS has, IMHO, disgraced the office.
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John Gauger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:23 PM
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12. Aye.
I'd rather not have that happen, but he has committed high crimes and must be put on trial. I wish my President was not a criminal, but he is, so why have to try him.
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 02:27 PM
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14. You do it as a warning to future tyrants.
If we won't demand that the accountability of POTUS be enforced, what's to keep future Presidents to do far worse in our name? This administration ignored warnings that allowed 3000 Americans to die on 9/11; they started an illegal and unjust war and occupation based on lies with 100's of thousands of casualties. They mismanaged the response to Katrina and 100's died as a result. They've made criminal financially decisions that have weakened this country's economy and busted our Treasury. Is that not treason?

How many times do you give a President a pass before you hold him and his henchmen accountable? Is lying about sex with another consenting adult the only basis for impeachment now?
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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:47 PM
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8. You have to open an investigation before you start impeachment
proceedings. Pelosi said impeachment is off the table, but investigations certainly shouldn't be. If there is reason to believe something illegal has happened, and there certainly is, investigations can be opened. The outcome of those investigations is what will lead to impeachment proceedings.

I can sort of see why Pelosi said that, because she didn't want it to become a fixture of the elections, but there is a process to go through, and the road to impeachment starts off with investigations.
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 02:32 PM
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15. It's a rule of law....innocent until proven guilty?
While we can demand impeachment, I wouldn't want our elected Reps to spoil the case until the facts are known and the charge is warranted. That's why the Republicans have made "0" investigations into this pResidency....they can't allow the door to be opened.
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Nite Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 04:55 PM
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16. I alos think that once information
starts coming out in hearing the public will demand it. The dems won't fight the polls if that's what the people are demanding. One of the reasons that they would have been elected is to bring accountability. Most people don't know even half of what we discuss here in DU at this point, it's just a feeling that things are wrong.
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C_U_L8R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:14 AM
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2. All the despots are heading for Paraguay
Hope Paraguay is signed up for extraditions
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John Gauger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:22 PM
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11. No. Paraguay is does not extradite.
The reason they go to Paraguay is that citizenship is extremely cheap (all nations, including the US, will grant citizenship for a hefty check) and Paraguay does not extradite citizens. That's why so many wealthy criminals end up there.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:16 AM
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3. Feeling nervous, Bushy boy?
You should.
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 12:41 PM
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7. K&R for LOCK'im UP!!1
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 01:41 PM
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13. K/R
Sic semper tyrannus.
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:52 PM
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17. Cheering for Prodi & Italy.
Edited on Mon Oct-30-06 05:52 PM by Vidar
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leesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 08:32 PM
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18. Sweet. The beginning of the Neocon trials.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:45 PM
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19. Maybe he can productively use the time to work on his social skills.


More nose photos:
http://www.hilo.dk/blahview.php?id=26

as well as, unfortunately, a video.
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