Court to rule if law wrongly barred Berlusconi from office

MILAN (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi is getting a long-awaited legal response to the question of whether his human rights were violated when his political career was sidelined by a tax fraud conviction.

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, rules Tuesday on Berlusconi's case that dates back to his 2012 tax fraud conviction and four-year prison sentence, which came nearly a year after he stepped down as premier.

Berlusconi, now 82, is contesting an Italian law that makes anyone sentenced to more than two years ineligible for public office for six years, which forced him to give up his Senate seat.

The court's decision won't have much practical effect. An Italian court ruled earlier this year that the three-time former premier was again eligible for office due to good conduct.