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‘Contempt of court’ TABLETS OF STONE Larry Faraon, OP 02/19/2012

Sunday, February 19, 2012

‘Contempt of court’

TABLETS OF STONE
Larry Faraon, OP
02/19/2012
The impeachment court, despite its being a sui generis or a court of its kind is still a court by which the senator-judges, the prosecution and the defense have adopted for its procedural modality, the Rules of Evidence. And therefore semblances of “contempt” against the impeachment court’s proceedings may not stand on strictly legal grounds but definitely would on moral ground. A layman’s definition of “contempt of court” is any behavior that opposes or defies the authority, justice and dignity of the court. Obviously, contempt of court metes out legal and moral punishment to the offending party.

But what about when it is the President of the Republic of the Philippines who holds the impeachment court in contempt with his jagged pronouncements, not only in passing or “BTW,” but even to the extent of leafing through the particular pieces of evidence for instance, the bank accounts already being offered as evidence, debated, interpolated in court.

Impeachment is a political process indeed and politicking by the President himself, including a public lambast or black propaganda may not strictly be an impropriety..... MORE
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