Miraculous magistrates: this is how Palamara placed 84 judges in the Italian courts

Now, if they met him on the street, they would probably change the sidewalk. But for years hundreds of Italian magistrates have known that their fate depended also and above all on Luca Palamara, former president of the ANM and unchallenged leader of Unicost, the centrist currant of the Italian robes. Now Palamara is under investigation, suspended from service, at risk of being expelled by the judiciary. But for years he was the director (far from being hidden) of most of the nominations and promotions. He did so in the years in which the ANM presided, he did so even when – in the last period of his parable before the thud – he had no formal offices. And he did it especially in the four years, between 2014 and 2018, in which he sat in the High Council of the judiciary, the body of self-government of the robes, also fully invested by the “Palamara scandal”. It can be merciless to go now to reconstruct the list of magistrates who in those four years have obtained thanks to Palamara the place they wanted. Many of them probably never knocked on his door: and in any case the fiery Roman prosecutor, now unpresentable, was then revered by everyone. But it is an analysis that tells well the system that governed the division of nominations. A partition that Luca Palamara managed with care – si licet – Christian Democrat, almost Dorotea. Reconstructing those votes requires painstaking work, going to cross official CSM deeds and internal conversations to the mailing lists and current chats, in which in the aftermath of the decisions it was customary to give an account of the alignments. It turns out that in Italy there are, and in prominent positions, eighty-four magistrates who would not be in the place they occupy today if Palamara and his four current colleagues had bet on another candidate. From Bolzano to Sassari, from Locri to Treviso, it was the leader of Unicost who designated the heads of the judicial offices. In reality, the beginnings for Palamara – which joined the CSM in July 2014 with 1,236 votes in preference – are not easy. The right wing, Independent Judiciary, has been full of votes in the polls. The CSM has a gigantic task ahead, destined to unleash hopes and maneuvers: to replace hundreds of heads of the judicial offices, which the reform of the Renzi government has sent to retirement two years in advance. Never before had such a batch of offices been available to the ambitions of the judges and their currents. But at the time of the first vows, a strange alliance is created in the CSM. On some crucial appointments, MI’s right sides with Area, the left wing; on others he brings the councilors elected by Parliament to his. Unicost and Palamara remain cut off. The most pressing defeat is that on the Palermo prosecutor. Triumphs Francesco Lo Voi, driven by the Independent Judiciary. Palamara’s candidate, Guido Lo Forte, stops at five votes. But Palamara straightens the boat quickly. To help him there is the discontent that at the base of Area winds against the unnatural alliance with the right, which forced the current of the “red robes” to digest some appointments in exchange for others. Palamara launches into this gap, and occupies the center of the CSM almost militarily. From that moment on, the important appointments on which he ends up in the minority are counted on the fingers of a pair of hands. He does not bind to any ally, from time to time makes agreements with the right or the left in order to always be the one to decide. Italian magistrates, especially those who aspire to career advancements, understand this quickly. This explains the flood of messages, supplications, pressures that rained on his phone in those years, and which are now in the investigation of Perugia: only partially, unfortunately, because the first two years of chat of the kingdom of Palamara the trojan was unable to trace. The fact is that in those months Palamara is a flooding river. There is no charge that does not pass through his hands. In many cases, more than two thirds, the currents find an agreement, and the appointments pass unanimously. But in other cases we go to clashes, often furious. And in eighty-four cases, or the vast majority, Palamara’s candidate passes. Today they are public prosecutors, court presidents, councilors of the Cassation. Right, left and center people who should say thank you. Who knows if they ever did.

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