Renzi vows sweeping justice reform
Positions 'calcified' after 20 years of left-right clashes24 February, 15:23
In a speech seeking the confidence of the Senate, the new premier said clashes between left and right since ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi came to power 20 years ago had led to "calcified" positions. Giving one example of the peculiarities of the present three-tiered system, Renzi noted that a drunk driver who kills someone gets the same sentence as a petty thief.
"All this must change," he said.
Justice reform to speed and simplify the system while bolstering defence rights has been proposed by several Berlusconi-led governments but stymied by the magistrates the three-time premier says are persecuting him on ideological grounds.
The billionaire media magnate, who has been banned from office after a tax-fraud conviction, is appealing a sentence for sex with an underaged prostitute and on trial for allegedly bribing a Senator to switch sides.