Justice Nagbe Backs Campaign for Judge Willie’s Recusal

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Justice Nagbe (left) was serving as Chamber Justice of the Supreme Court when he overturned Judge Willie's (right) judgment, but did not provide any legal reasons for reversing Judge Willie's decision

— In Oliver Dillion’s murder trial  

The recent decision by Associate Justice Joseph N. Nagbe reversing the judgment of Judge Roosevelt Willie of Criminal Court ‘A’ in Monrovia, in which the judge had granted a bail to a charged murder defendant, Oliver P. Dillion, has now compelled the recusal of Judge  Willie  (step-down) from the entire case.

Judge Willie took the action on Monday, November 18 immediately after the government lawyers asked him to step-down from the case based on Justice Nagbe’s judgment that overturned his (Willie) decision.

Justice Nagbe was serving as Chamber Justice of the Supreme Court when he overturned Judge Willie’s judgment, but did not provide any legal reasons for reversing Judge Willie’s decision, instead ruled that Judge Willie was in error to grant Dillon bail.

Defendant Dillon happens to be the coordinator for decentralization at the Ministry of Transport, and one of the younger brothers of Senator Abraham Darius Dillon of Montserrado County.

He was charged with murder for stabbing one Emmanuel Koffa twice in his chest, which resulted in Koffa’s death on April 12, 2019 in the Gardnersville Supermarket Community, along the Somalia Drive.

It was based on the charge that Dillon’s legal team prayed the Court, presided over by Judge Willie, to admit him to bail, because the evidence submitted by government lawyers did not contain the critical elements of murder that include “premeditation and malice aforethought.”

Shortly afterward, Judge Willie granted Dillon bail, which was later overturned by Justice Nagbe when the government lawyers filed a request before the Justice, praying him to review the ruling of Judge Willie granting bail to Dillon.

It was that overturned judgment that encouraged the government lawyers to ask for Judge Willie’s recusal on Monday.

In a grave tone of voice, while recusing himself from the matter, Judge Willie in a jammed packed courtroom repeatedly said he placed Dillon on bail because the police charge sheet that led to the government’s indictment against Dillion did not contain the critical elements of murder, which he named as “premeditation and malice.”

Judge Willie explained that the charge sheet and the indictment alleged that on April 12, 2019, defendant Dillon parked his vehicle opposite the Jeety Trading Corporation in Vai Town, Bushrod Island around 12 midnight and went home.

At home, Judge Willie said, quoting the government’s pieces of evidences against Dillon, “he decided to use his computer, but could not find his reading glasses, and one of his cell phones, but noticed he forgot about those items in the car.”

Later, Willie explained that Dillion decided to go back to collect his items from the car, “but as he was approaching his car, he encountered three men, including the Koffa (victim). One of them was in possession of a pair of scissors.”

The three, the government’s charge sheet alleged, engaged Dillon in the darkness with aggression and malicious intent, but in the process, Dillon pulled out a knife and stabbed Koffa twice in his left chest.

Judge Willie said although he knows that the elements of murder was not shown at all in the charge sheet, and indictment, and because he cannot change his judgment, he would rather accept government lawyers’ argument for his recusal.

“Since the government lawyers’ argument is that I have already touched the merit of the case in applying for a bail, their request for recusal is hereby granted, and  based on the fact that the Court has touched on the merit of the case,” Judge Willie said.

Meanwhile, Judge Willie has since transferred the case to another court, the Criminal Court ‘B’ also at the Temple of Justice.

5 COMMENTS

  1. This other so-called Supreme Court Justice is another of those incompetent bozos misruling Liberia. A Supreme Court Justice intervenes in a case and people are left wondering, “what just happened?” Ain’t that some piece of sh-t for disgrace? A SC justice, representing that paragon of final justice in any democratic society, suppose to portray the best and finest in law at all times. When a SC justice speaks in society it ought to exude with wisdom and enlightenment, especially for law students yearning for knowledge and anchor in the field. But, of course, this justice represents exactly the caliber of the man who appointed him in that covetous position without any vetting [in the first place. So long as the man was from the Kru tribe, he was good to go.

  2. Peter Gboyo. Keep quiet. A Justice in Chambers has the constitutional duty, obligation, mandate, rights and powers, to do exactly what His Honor Joseph N. Nagbe has done within his capacity as Justice In Chambers viz this murder case in which Oliver Dillon is the culprit.

    • You and the so-called “justice” must have graduated from the same backwoods law school. Who is even arguing by the way, about the duty or responsibility of a justice in chambers to intervene or weigh in on a case? Not from this side of the aisle, Mr. Bozo. The argument happens to be about the insight, wisdom, judicial precepts, etc., that a justice so stationed proffers. Where that the case in this instant case, we would be hailing the justice and not wondering what did he say or do. If your IQ were even borderline you would have gathered from this story that your role model justice did not specify the reason for reversing the decision of the lower court! Whereas we are saying the opinion or intervention of any justice in any case, ought to be a teaching moment for legal practitioners and especially aspiring law students. So sorry Mr. Huhammad, if that simple inference went over your retarded head.

  3. And Mr. Dortu-Siboe Doe, they say anything that walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, is a duck no matter the disguise. So you can fool yourself thinking you’ve got us all fooled with this silly “Max Muhammad” see-through moniker. If you believe in the first place that the bunch of nonsense you write here all the time, insulting others at that is fine, then why are you hiding behind a pseudonym? The darn swine and cowards you and fellow degenerates are, must be so indefensible to warrant this hypocrisy. Shame on you!

    • Check out the Observer other article: No Date Set for the missing 16 billion dollar case. There Mr. Siboe Doe referred to himself as Mae Moore. Based on his fruit, guess no where to hide by changing his personality. This failed Kru regime has got this young man changing his name . Now he is a woman, Mae Moore. Wow ! Mr. Siboe Doe.

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