Court orders Berlusconi's paper to pay damages
'Il Giornale' infringed on judge's independence, court finds05 March, 19:18
The court ruled an article in 1999 by Il Giornale against Ilda Boccassini, the judge who presided some cases against Berlusconi (including the current "Rubygate" prostitution trial), constituted a "negation" of the "institutional role" of the courts and attacked their "impartial and independent" nature.
In the article, headlined "Guilty at all costs", Il Giornale reporter Salvatore Scarpino accused Milan magistrates - including Boccassini - of seeking to use their positions to "take over the country and lead it" and to have used "political and ideological criteria" in picking their battles against Silvio Berlusconi.
Berlusconi made a splash when he entered national politics in 1994 at the helm of a new political party then called Forza Italia (Let's go Italy). Critics had accused him of entering politics as a way to stave off a series of judicial inquiries.