All I can say to this, is as a friend once said, "US Politicians are amatures compared to Italian Politicians" and that goes for the level of corruption as well. Burlisconi is a prime example, can be bribed with 1,000 to 1,500 euro a night super model hookers. He knows nothing about any payments, his "friends" just provide him with "dates" for his "bunga-bunga" parties. Of course there are 900 legislatures, compared to Congress, some ellected for life. With the kind of money the MPAA and RIAA can throw around, they can buy any politician out there. I do wonder about the Judges, but can;t say with any certainty.