After five years suspension from practicing law for misapplying US$62K entrusted to him by his client, Cllr. Marcus Jones has again fallen into trouble with another client, Madam Bindu Fatumata Dukuly.
Madam Dukuly’s latest complaint not only pertains to Cllr. Jones, but includes the Jones and Associates Law Firm, which she has filed with the Supreme Court for investigation for alleged ethical misconduct against her by both the law firm and Cllr. Jones.
In her letter dated May 4, 2015, addressed to Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, Madam Dukuly said on September 21, 2012, she hired the services of the law firm to file an Action of Cancellation of a Lease Agreement for fraud against Paul Raspal, general manager of Sethi Brothers and Upjit Singh Sachdeva, commonly known as Jeety, both Indian nationals.
The property is a storied building and a lot situated in Mamba Point, Monrovia, the document added.
She said that in early February 2013, Judge Yussif D. Kaba, who presided over the case at the Civil Law Court, subsequently ruled against “me, and my lawyers announced an appeal against the judgment to the Supreme Court.”
She added: “Before leaving the country for further medical treatment after the ruling and appeal, I gave the law firm US$700 to perfect the necessary appeals process, but the law firm failed to follow the process, meaning they did not file my appeal bond and a notice of completion of the appeal.”
Besides the US$700 appeal process, Madam Dukuly alleged that she paid US$16,000 as legal service fees to Cllr. Jones and the law firm for her case.
Madam Dukuly was further quoted as saying, “Dukuly’ s lawyers (law firm and Jones) having failed to perfect the appeal within 60 days as required by law, and the reason advanced by them for failing to perfect the appeal not being in law, deprived this court of jurisdiction over the case.”
“Because of this delay in the progress of my case, I have been liable and my property has been turned over to the wrongful person, whom I have been refusing to lease my property to.”
Madam Dukuly maintained, “I am sure your Honor will find this issue worthy of investigation, and I look forward to hearing from you as to the disposition of this matter.”
In 2013, the Supreme Court suspended Cllr. Marcus Jones after he admitted to using over US$62K entrusted to him by his Lutheran Pastor, Eric Allison, to pay his bills during the 2005 presidential and general elections. Counselor Jones participated in those elections as a candidate on the ticket of the Victory Party, even though he had already deducted his 33 percent legal service fees.