Italy judge says Berlusconi corruption trial to proceed despite bias claim Steve Czajkowski at 12:17 PM ET
[JURIST] The Italian judge presiding over the corruption trial [JURIST report] of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his former lawyer David Mills said Friday accord to Reuters that hearings in the case will continue despite a request for her removal by Berlusconi's lawyers. Berlusconi's legal team claimed [ANSA report] judge Nicoletta Gandus was biased after she commented on laws passed by the previous Berlusconi government; they also said she had a vested interest in another trial involving Berlusconi and Mills because she previously owned shares of Berlusconi's broadcasting company, Mediaset [corporate website]. Berlusconi faces charges of corruption arising from his alleged payment of $600,000 to Mills for favorable testimony at trials in the 1990s. The trial is set to continue on July 7. Gandus's removal hearing is also set for July. Reuters has more.
Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.