A court has cleared the ex-mayor of Rome in an expense account scandal that cost him his job and plunged the already troubled city administration into a year of chaos.

A defiant Ignazio Marion emerged from the courthouse Friday denouncing the political elites of his own Democratic Party who brought him down and said it was up to each one to apologize.

Marino resigned under pressure a year ago after questions arose over whether he used the city hall credit card to expense family dinners.

The court found no crime was committed but Marino said the damage was done.

He says "one year ago, democracy was wounded in our capital. The truth was denied and hundreds of thousands of Romans were violated of their democratic choice for mayor."