The trial judge has refused my oral and written requests for a jury trial. According to Italian law, a jury trial is available only in cases where the possible sentence is life imprisonment. But since there are multiple charges against me, and considering my advanced age (68), the possible punishment in my case is in effect life imprisonment. Nonetheless, the judge dismissed my request.
As described in my previous posts, even though no parent or child came to the police voluntarily to report any crime, the hysterical investigation proceeded with “maximum urgency,” spiraling out of control and leading to the sadistic torture of at least one child. This case has called into question every child sex abuse conviction in Italy in the past, and legitimizes the torture of children in future inquisitions.