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Bill to Shorten Trials Passes in One Branch of Italian Parliament

Governo dot it(ROME) -- Italian lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would reduce the length of trials, which may possibly bring an end to a bribery case against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, the BBC reports.

Opposing politicians in the parliament's lower house called the law a "disgrace" made especially for Berlusconi.

The bill that will shorten the length of trials for people with no previous convictions still must be approved in the Italian senate, but it is likely to do so, since Berlusconi has a solid majority there.

The bill's passage will also likely end the trial accusing the Italian prime minister of bribing British lawyer David Mills.

Berlusconi has indicated he will not run for re-election in 2013.

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