Corona and the courts under trial
THE RECENT IMPEACHMENT AND CONVICTION of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona for failure to declare all his assets as required by law has focused the public’s gaze on the judicial system, that bewildering and mysterious process guarded jealously by those men (and women) in dark robes.
But as anyone who has tried to mine or understand the court system, extracting information from the courts is almost like panning for gold – you are lucky to find a gleaming speck of gold dust for every boulder you move aside.
Sheila Coronel, founding executive director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and currently director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University, offers us some tips on how to investigate the third branch of government, the one that, ideally, is well insulated from the travesty of politics and politicking and governed only by the majesty of the law. In her global investigative journalism blog Watchdog-watcher, Coronel takes us through some some tips on how to detect corruption in the courts, and how to proceed in investigating it.
Read her blog here.