ROME (AP) - An Italian court hearing Silvio Berlusconi's high court challenge to his tax fraud conviction will wait until Thursday to deliberate.

ROME (AP) An Italian court hearing Silvio Berlusconi's high court challenge to his tax fraud conviction will wait until Thursday to deliberate.

Chief Justice Antonio Esposito put off the deliberations one more day after Berlusconi's reinforced defense team wrapped up 2 hours of arguments Wednesday.

Esposito cited the late hour and the importance of the case.

Berlusconi, a three-time former premier, risks a swift halt to his 20-year political career if the high court confirms the conviction, a four-year jail term and five-year ban on political office.