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Continued: Berlusconi's political fate in the hands of Italy's highest court as it decides tax fraud case

  • Article by: FRANCES D'EMILIO , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 30, 2013 - 1:41 PM

Indicative of the high stakes in this case, Berlusconi for the first time in two decades of court cases has reached beyond his longtime defense team to tap Coppi, a highly reputed appellate lawyer, to argue before the court.

In a separate criminal case yet to come to appeal, Berlusconi faces a possible lifetime ban on holding public office if a lower-court conviction for paying for sex with a minor and using his office to cover it up is upheld. That verdict in June also dealt him a seven-year prison sentence.

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Colleen Barry contributed from Milan.

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