Yes, I always look up to people from Berlusconia.
PS This is mostly my gall bladder talking. Even so, if being Italian is the start of awesome, so must Berlusconi.
And I forgot. If there is a reasonable prospect of the convict being released despite terrible crimes, there is a reasonable case for the death penalty. This occurs largely during revolutionary times, when a few years can revive the fortunes of many villains. Long term imprisonment is not always a feasible option, unfortunately.