Standard of Evidence in Corona Impeachment Trial

January 27, 2012

The issue of what standard of evidence will be used in determining the fate of Chief Justice Renato Corona has cropped up in the impeachment trial at the Senate. The prosecution is of the opinion that the standard should be “substantial evidence”, while the defense claims that it should be “proof beyond reasonable doubt”. It […]

4

The Corona Impeachment Trial: Inhibition of Senator Judges

January 24, 2012

Over the weekend, news report came out that the defense panel in the Corona Impeachment Trial is planning to ask for the inhibition of certain senator-judges, ostensibly for showing bias and partiality towards the prosecution and acting as prosecutors themselves. We now tackle the rules and jurisprudence regarding the inhibition and disqualification of judges to […]

2

Day 3 of Corona Impeachment Trial – SALN Drama

January 19, 2012

The legal fireworks in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona reached a crescendo yesterday with the testimony of Supreme Court Clerk of Court, Enriqueta Esguerra-Vidal. Called yesterday to the witness stand by virtue of a subpoena requested by the prosecution, Ms. Vidal was at first a very hesitant witness. Questions propounded by Atty. Mario […]

1

Day 2 of Corona Impeachment Trial

January 18, 2012

The second day of the Corona impeachment trial at the Senate proved to be interesting and delved into several basic legal principles and procedures. The first involves marital and filial privilege as brought about by the denial by the impeachment court of the prosecution’s request to subpoena the wife and children of the impeached Chief […]

2