Silvio Berlusconi will stand trial on April 6, charged with sex with an underage prostitute and abuse of power. He's still claiming he's innocent — and, somewhat bizarrely, the comparisons to Julian Assange have begun.
Prosecutors wanted Berlusconi tried immediately, but they'll still have to wait a few months until he goes before a panel of three female judges. If convicted, he could face 15 years in prison — three for the prostitution charge, and twelve for abusing his power by falsely claiming that Karima el-Mahroug (aka Ruby Heartstealer) was Hosni Mubarak's granddaughter in order to get her out of a theft charge. And, says Delia Lloyd of Politics Daily, "there is a sense that Italy has finally had enough" of Berlusconi's antics. Protests on Sunday again called for the Prime Minister's ouster, with the slogan, "If not now, when?" Berlusconi dismisses the calls for his resignation with the argument that, you know, he totally loves women: