Ahead of the announcement on Silvio Berlusconi's political future, a look at some of the former Italian prime minister's most famous gaffes.
As former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is handed a seven-year jail sentence, is this the end of his political career?
Remember the Italy elections? They are still going on and the bloke who had never been elected in the first place is still Prime Minister.
The Italian news agency ANSA is reporting that Silvio Berlusconi has lost a vote in the Senate that would have overturned his ban from politics.
Silvio Berlusconi has vowed to stay at the heart of Italian politics even if he is expelled from government over a fraud conviction.
In a long-awaited television address ahead of Senate announcement on his future in Italy's parliament, the former prime minister said:
"I will always be with you, at your side, expelled from parliament or not. It is not the parliamentary seat that makes a leader."
The 76-year-old billionaire insisted he was "absolutely innocent" of tax fraud, before accusing judges of plotting against him to pervert democracy.
In a TV address, former Italian president Silvio Berlusconi has climbed down from threats to bring down the Italian government if his ban from politics is confirmed later tonight.
He has urged his countrymen to "protest against the broken justice system" that convicted him.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has refused to pardon Silvio Berlusconi after confirming that his jail sentence for tax fraud must be applied.
The 88-year-old president had been urged by Berlusconi supporters to intervene and annul the former prime minister's conviction.
Mr Napolitano said he had never received a request for a pardon from Mr Berlusconi and said it was vital that the issue should not spark a government crisis.
Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's daughter is tipped to follow in his footsteps by entering politics.
Berlusconi's eldest daughter, Marina Berlusconi, was a close adviser by his side when the Italian Supreme Court upheld his tax fraud conviction, jail sentence and ban from politics last week.
She has in the past repeatedly denied any intention to enter politics but has remained silent during this new round of speculation.
Political analysts say the prospect of a Marina Berlusconi candidacy is realistic. She chairs the family's Fininvest holding company and the Mondadori publishing company, Italy's largest magazine publisher. Forbes listed her at No. 48 on its 2010 list of world's most powerful women.
Italy's former premier Silvio Berlusconi said the Italian Supreme Court's decision to uphold his tax fraud conviction and jail sentence is "baseless" and robs him of his political rights.
Berlusconi delivered a nine-minute video statement hours after he was definitively convicted for the first time in decades of criminal prosecutions.
He said he was the victim of "an incredible series of accusations and trials that had nothing to do with reality."
Berlusconi denounced the decision, saying it "is based on nothing and which deprives me of my freedom and political rights."
Silvio Berlusconi said his conviction for tax fraud is "completely unfounded" and he is a target of persecution by magistrates, Reuters have reported.
The former Italian Prime Minister has been given a one-year sentence, although he is unlikely to be jailed.
An ally of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has said the court ruling will not have repercussions on the government after a meeting with party leaders.
The current PM Enrico Letta's government is propped up by Berlusconi's MPs and there were fears if he was convicted that the government could fail and spark another election.
Silvio Berlusconi's sentence for tax fraud has been reduced from four years to one year under an amnesty law.
Berlusconi faces house arrest or community service instead of going to jail because of his age.
The 76-year-old was convicted over the fraudulent purchase of broadcasting rights by his Mediaset television empire.