Berlusconi Gets 1 Year in Wiretap Case
But prison sentence won't start immediately
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2013 1:58 AM CST
In this Oct. 6, 2005 file photo, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi touches his face during a joined press conference in Rome.   (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito , File)

(Newser) – Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to a year in prison today in his wiretapping case, but don't look for him to be wearing stripes anytime soon, Reuters reports. He can appeal the decision, and a jail term won't start until all possible appeals are exhausted, ANSA explains. This sentence is related to his conviction for publicizing an illegally obtained wiretap of a confidential phone call in 2005, but the former Italian prime minister still faces trials involving alleged tax fraud and, of course, sex with an underage prostitute.

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1492
Mar 7, 2013 7:05 PM CST
What in the world is coming out of this man's ears? 1942
dukebravo
Mar 7, 2013 6:42 PM CST
Yeah that pic does look like Count Berlusconi!
JoeQ
Mar 7, 2013 9:59 AM CST
Great picture. "Berlusconi" does sound a little like "Bela Lugosi": http://images2.fanpop.com/image/photos/12000000/Bela-as-Dracula-bela-lugosi-12028319-456-652.jpg