"Half a shield for Berlusconi," headlines La Repubblica the morning after Italy’s constitutional court partly quashed the “Legitimate Impediments” act the Prime Minister had pushed for to ward off corruption trials in which he is implicated. The Roman daily explains that, according to the court, the prime minister, who has branded its judges “leftists”, can’t "auto-certify" his inability to attend hearings: it’s up to the court seized of the matter to assess his alleged impediments. The constitutional court ruling isn’t likely to affect the outcome of the pending trials, all of which will soon be statute-barred, adds Turin daily La Stampa, "or the prevailing climate of uncertainty that has stymied the government and parliament for months”.