Magistrate Antonio Di Pietro, attired
in flowing black robes, resembled a dramatic orchestra conductor
as he led his Mani Pulite (Clean Hands) anti-corruption investigations.
As he unraveled a stunning web of collusion between politics,
industry and organized crime in Italy, his attention turned to
prime minister Berlusconi and then, enigmatically, he removed
his judicial robes and suddenly resigned after being accused of
scandalous behavior by those he had accused (July 1994). Was he
tainted by the company he kept? Was he blackmailed? Was it a decision
to explore the possiblity of his own run for political office?
There has been speculation among the millions of Italians who
watched his courtroom proceedings nightly on TV, that DiPietro,
cult figure and idol, would enter politics in a political movement
also known as Mani Pulite and that he would be wildly popular.
(photo credit: Foto De Bellis, Claudio Testa)
Sound: excerpt from Rossini's opera
La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie), chorus
of the judges. Text:
time: 2.5 min.
one and all,
by this example!
This is the august
temple of Themis,
who weighs mankind's deeds
in the balance.
She frees the just,
protects and avenges;
but her thunderbolts
on the malefactors."
by: Linda Fisher & Maria Pia DiBella