Judges of a top Italian court began deliberating Thursday on whether to uphold a law shielding Premier Silvio Berlusconi from two trials in Milan.
The Constitutional Court must decide if the legislation complies with the constitution, including the principle that all are equal under the law. It is expected to issue its ruling later Thursday.
If the court rejects the law, Berlusconi's two trials, on corruption and tax fraud charges respectively, will resume.
Berlusconi insisted this week that his government's stability will not be affected by the decision, and that he is "totally indifferent as to whether the trials are suspended or not." He called the trials "ridiculous."