Justice and power

Two new books - L'innocenza di Giulio (Chiarelettere) and Assalto alla Giustizia (Editore Melampo) - to try to answer the question of whether Italy can ever be a normal country, “without that outrageous inversion of values whereby enforcement of the law is presented as transgression.” And to try to understand why every political season has had its own Innocence of Giulio, in which members of the political elite manage to wriggle free from formal charges of heavy-duty wrong-doing despite substantial evidence as to their guilt.