Would you want to be the judge that has to hear a case where you had to determine whether or not Jesus Christ actually existed? Hell, no!
Well, it seems there is a judge in Rome who is in just that legal hot seat. The plaintiff, a card-carrying atheist who has written a book (and is obviously looking for a lot of publicity) is suing a priest (and the Church - guilt by association, you see), claiming that the priest broke two Italian laws relating to swindling/conning the public and impersonation. What did the priest do to invite this attack? Just his regular job... talking about Jesus to members of his congregation. That's what he gets paid for.
I think it's pretty obvious who will win in this case (it's Italy, for crying out loud), but aside from the utter ridiculousness of this story, the first thing that popped into MY mind was: shades of Miracle on 34th Street! You know, the one where the judge was supposed to decide if Santa Claus existed? He found in favor of Santa - and rightly so. And we all watched little Natalie Wood and cried.
I wouldn't want to be that Italian judge for all the pizza in Pisa. No judge wants to be the one to rule against a venerated and adored public figure - mythical or not - because that's the kind of legal ruling that will end a judge's career. And imagine the ramifications of ruling against Jesus? That atheist doesn't have a chance in Hell... but of course being an atheist he doesn't believe in Hell either so what does it matter?