Row over Cllr. Wright’s Legal Status Delays Samukai’s Certification Case

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Lofa County Senator-elect, Brownie J. Samukai

Hearing into the stay order on the certification of Lofa County Senator-elect, Brownie J. Samukai, ended in confusion on Monday, March 29, when Associate Justice Joseph Nagbe declared one of National Elections Commission’s lawyers, Cllr. Wilkins Wright, that he was not fit to plead on behalf of the NEC in the case.

The proceedings came to an abrupt halt on Monday evening when Justice Nagbe prevented Cllr. Wright’s representation of the NEC and subsequently requested him to serve on the legal team of Samukai, though NEC had contracted Cllr. Wright to represent its legal interest in any matter that would arise from the December 8, Special Senatorial Election.

The last-minute fight over Cllr Wright’s representation followed a recent accusation by Solicitor General Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus, a stalwart of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), who earlier resisted Wright’s representation of NEC in the Samukai case.

Not just dropping Wright from the NEC legal team, Nagbe also canceled all the legal Memoradua filed by Cllr. Wright on behalf of the NEC and issued a forty-eight-hour ultimatum to the electoral body to refile all of the legal documents without the signature of Wright.

Initially, citizens of Lofa and other supporters of Samukai had accused the Weah led administration of interfering with the certification of the Lofa County Senator-elect and vowed to pay the amount for which Samukai was convicted and given ultimatum to restitute.

Political commentators view the Monday event as a situation that could extend the proceedings and further delay a decision by the Full Bench of the Supreme Court on whether or not Nagbe’s stay order and mandate will be lifted to proceed with the certification ceremony of Samukai.

Countering Nagbe’s action, another NEC lawyer, Cllr. Augustine Toe, had earlier opposed the call for Cllr Wright’s recusal from handling the matter, arguing that the case with Samukai at Criminal Court’C’, by then, had a criminal nature, but the current case with Justice Nagbe is a civil matter and that there is no legal ground to ask Wright to step aside in the case brought by the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC).  

Justice Nagbe did not set any date for the resumption of the proceeding.

The MPC contended that though the Supreme Court affirmed the guilty judgment of the lower court, Criminal Court ‘C’, against Samukai and two others, the law prevents convicts from ascending to any elected public position until after five years of serving the punishment of which the person was convicted.

The Supreme Court affirmed that judgment with a modification, suspending Samukai’s prison sentence announced by the lower court and subsequently requested him to pay fifty percent of the over US$1 million misapplied from the pension account of soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) within a six-month period.

Samukai, with the support of his people, had paid US$10,000 against the amount in compliance with the court’s mandate.

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  1. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !
    So how much political capital does Justice Nagbe worth so far as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court ? If he is not one of the judges that used to complain about not making enough money to leave his pension to his wife.
    And what is this thing referred to as political capital that Justice Nagbe will not allowed to go to waste without taking advantage of that opportunity that comes once in a life time ?
    The Replacement Of The Present Chief Justice Of The Supreme Court. That is nearing retirement.
    Like the song by Solomon Burke says to George from Justice Nagbe: What Am I Living For(If Not For You) No Body Else But You.
    2023 will be a Bitch, as the present Chief Justice may retired before or after 2023. But Justice Nagbe, whatever the case maybe, he is letting everyone knows where he stands and what he wants.
    The case of Samukai is not going to waste politically if Justice Nagbe must have his way.
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !
    What is Justice Nagbe living for George ? If not for you. Nobody else but you.
    Song by Solomon Burke, not Solomon George. Don’t get it twisted. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !

  2. But who has misled ”these people” that the Supreme Court has any jurisdiction when it comes to LAW ENFORCEMENT of a convicted felon who has been elected but whose qualification for certification runs contrary to the law? The interpretation of the law…the jurisdiction of the Supreme County or the Judicial Branch, and the enforcement of the law….the jurisdiction of the Executive Branch, are two separate, distinct, and different jurisdictions!!! The law’s disposition is MORE IMPARTIAL than man’s!

    That suit (solely within the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court) filed by the MPC against Samukai is simply a right of the MPC been exercised, so that in the event the Solicitor General the Chief Prosecutor, the Minister of Justice, or the Presidency, decides to use their discretional powers to have Samukai the convicted felon certificated, they the executive branch would be abusing their discretionary powers. For such an abuse of discretion would be in complete violation of the law that a convicted felon shall be disqualified from certification whether the felon is an elected person or an unelected person! PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    As for Augustine Toe’s layman’s OR STRAWLIKE ”argument that the case with Samukai at Criminal Court’C’, by then, had a criminal nature, but the current case with Justice Nagbe is a civil matter and that there is no legal ground to ask Wright to step aside in the case brought by the Movement for Progressive”, IS ABSOLUTELY POOR AND WEAK!

    FOR RECUSAL IS ABOUT ”INTEREST” AND THE ”PERSONS” OR CULPRITS ACCUSED OR INVOLVED, AND NOT JUST ABOUT THE NATURE OR TYPE OF CASE, MATTER OR DISPUTATION!

    THE FACT THAT SAMUKAI AND HIS INTEREST IN THIS DISQUALIFICATION OF CERTIFICATION OR DECERTIFICATION CASE REMAINS IMMUTABLE WHETHER IN A CRIMINAL COURT OR A CIVIL COURT! SO, THAT RANT FROM AUGUSTINE TOE IS LAUGHABLY POOR AND WEAK! The law’s disposition is MORE IMPARTIAL than man’s!

    • Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !
      What did he say ? The article speaks about the danger and threat to the Republic. Considering how hard Justice Nagbe is seriously working behind the scenes politically. That is working hard for his money, or working hard for his position as the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
      A very bad omen, the conquering of the Republic by the Southeasterners or by the Krus if care is not properly debated. It is Albert Chie, Pro-temp(until 2023) , Sepeaker Chambers(perhaps too), then again it is George himself and the futuristic Chief Justice, Justice Nagbe. These are the bad omen combinations connected to the futuristic threat to the Republic or the takeover of the Republic.
      But one thing though, should Justice Nagbe even be hearing the Samukai’s twist and turn case which is before the Justice ? After all he is in the midst or middle of things involving the petrol bombing of his home. Which is also linked to the certification of the Samukai’s episode. Can he truly be impartial or have a clear view of the case that is before him ? While at the sametime having his eyes on being the next Chief Justice ? Should he be hearing the Samukai’s case at all ? Or should he stepdown from the case ? After all that is what the arsonist would like to see. A kind of political pressure surrounding the certification of Samukai. Can he truly render justice ? After all the certification of Samukai is the main reason why his home is Petrol bombed. Should he step aside ? Or pursued his dream of becoming the next Supreme Court Chief Justice ? As the Presidency is interestingly involved and watching whatever Justice Nagbe will do.
      Speaking about being caught between serving two masters. Justice or the presidency which holds the cards of the futuristic Chief Justice to be. The dangerous omen to come. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !

  3. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !
    What did he say ? The article speaks about the danger and threat to the Republic. Considering how hard Justice Nagbe is seriously working behind the scenes politically. That is working hard for his money, or working hard for his position as the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
    A very bad omen, the conquering of the Republic by the Southeasterners or by the Krus if care is not properly debated. It is Albert Chie, Pro-temp(until 2023) , Sepeaker Chambers(perhaps too), then again it is George himself and the futuristic Chief Justice, Justice Nagbe. These are the bad omen combinations connected to the futuristic threat to the Republic or the takeover of the Republic.
    But one thing though, should Justice Nagbe even be hearing the Samukai’s twist and turn case which is before the Justice ? After all he is in the midst or middle of things involving the petrol bombing of his home. Which is also linked to the certification of the Samukai’s episode. Can he truly be impartial or have a clear view of the case that is before him ? While at the sametime having his eyes on being the next Chief Justice ? Should he be hearing the Samukai’s case at all ? Or should he stepdown from the case ? After all that is what the arsonist would like to see. A kind of political pressure surrounding the certification of Samukai. Can he truly render justice ? After all the certification of Samukai is the main reason why his home is Petrol bombed. Should he step aside ? Or pursued his dream of becoming the next Supreme Court Chief Justice ? As the Presidency is interestingly involved and watching whatever Justice Nagbe will do.
    Speaking about being caught between serving two masters. Justice or the presidency which holds the cards of the futuristic Chief Justice to be. The dangerous omen to come. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !

  4. This is surely anorther version of what could be termed “moving the goalpost” in the middle of a game. This so-called luminary associate justice, Nagbe, has no qualm with the content of the document he is about to act upon as invalid and based in the disqualification of one of its architechs, so long as that architech doesn’t sign the final document. The thinking of an Associate Justice of Liberia’s Supreme Court. Such bizarre thinking! No wonder it took nearly a year before the full bench on which this justice and kind sit, could realize that citizenship or anything for that matter obtained under false pretense and lies, is invalid. Like the case of the erstwhile Nigerian-Liberian head of the Anti-Corruption Commission. Incidentally Justice Nagbe and think-alike are people in our society whose every actions and utterances, supposed to be models for others to emulate. Just think about that. Liberia must surely be cursed.

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