Italy’s Justice Minister uses Apple iPhone to check law during TV talk show

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“The count of heads of state who flaunt their iDevices continues to grow,” Dave Caolo reports for TUAW.

“This week, Italy’s Justice Minister, Angelino Alfano, used an iPhone to reference an Italian law,” Caolo reports. “While speaking on a prime-time television show, Minister Alfano used his iPhone, clad in a patriotic case, to access the app Codici and Leggi (19,99 €) and quote verbatim an Italian law on wiretapping.”

Caolo reports, “We’ve seen other political leaders using Apple gizmos recently. For instance, Russian President Dimitry Medvedev, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and South Korea’s minister of culture, tourism and sports, Yu In-chon, have all been seen with iPads.”

Full article, with the video, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Angel C.” for the heads up.]


  1. Somehow, that was more entertaining because it was in Italian…

    Are lawyers are allowed to pull out their iPhones (and now iPads) in the courtroom to access legal references?

  2. @ken1w

    Different courts have different rules regarding the use of technology in the courtroom. US federal courts, for example, are really restrictive as to what you can bring into the courtroom. A lawyer arguing in the Supreme Court, for example, might not even have a cell phone on him (I know that phones from observers, at least, are confiscated).

  3. Point of order! The Justice Minister, and the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sports are not heads of state! While probably being honorable and noteworthy individuals, they are neither the head of government nor head of state!

  4. “Are lawyers are allowed to pull out their iPhones (and now iPads) in the courtroom to access legal references?”

    With my first generation iPhone, I was “waiting” in a courtroom, checking on “new laws” bearing on my trial issues, when I found a new law (in my favor) on the state bar sponsored online legal database. When my trial was “called to start”, I asked permission to approach the bench, and handing the phone to the judge, made a verbal motion for a directed verdict…which was granted. Boy, were my clients impressed!

  5. @ hardmanb

    Kudos! I still need to get advance permission to bring my iPhone into some federal courts. Otherwise the marshals “detain” it in a special holding area. Really, they call it that.

    I use Fastcase on my iPhone to search for caselaw in emergencies.

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