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Top Italian Criminal Lawyer to Run as Candidate for League

Top Italian Criminal Lawyer to Run as Candidate for League

Thursday, 18 January 2018 10:39 AM

MILAN (AP) — One of Italy's top criminal defense lawyers is giving law-and-order credibility to the anti-migrant League party by running as a candidate in Italy's March 4 parliamentary election.

Giulia Bongiorno appeared Thursday in Rome to announce her candidacy alongside League leader Matteo Salvini, indicating that she wanted to work on justice reform. Bongiorno successfully defended former Premier Giulio Andreotti from mafia charges and Raffaele Sollecito, the ex-boyfriend of American Amanda Knox, on murder charges.

Salvini said Bongiorno's candidacy "is a sign of a League that is growing."

Salvini has been working to expand the League's influence beyond its geographical heartland in northern Italy, dropping Northern from the party's official name.

Italians vote March 4 in a parliamentary election, with the League vying for center-right dominance with Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia party.

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