Senate 'bias' is deal-breaker in CJ trial: UST law dean

Posted at Mar 22 2012 01:45 PM | Updated as of Mar 22 2012 11:55 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The dean of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) College of Law believes the partiality or impartiality of the senators will be a dealbreaker in the outcome of Chief Justice Renato Corona's impeachment trial.

Dean Nilo Divina said the senator-judges' perceived partiality or impartiality will have a bearing on the entire proceedings.

"If it can be shown there is a pattern of bias in favor of the prosecution or the defense, one way or the other, it may be used as a ground for mistrial later on," he told ANC's Headstart.

"In case of mistrial, of course, there will be no judgment or conviction or acquittal. Some people say that might be the best way out for anybody since there will be no conviction or acquittal and no one will lose face," he added.

ANC Headstart, March 22, 2012