Grand Cape Mount County Senator Varney Sherman, a lawyer by profession, has denied rumors that he is interested in becoming Chief Justice or an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court bench.
Sen. Sherman is one of the country’s legal luminaries, with over 37 years of experience as a consulting attorney and trial lawyer. He graduated from the Harvard Law School, United States.
He angrily termed it “naïve and ridiculous” for rumormongers (blabbermouths, gossipers) to spread lies about his wanting or that he has ever wanted to become Chief Justice or one of the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court.
“The rumor mill is that President George Weah wanted Senator/Cllr. Varney Sherman to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, but Sherman has declined and has recommended Senator/Cllr. Joseph N. Nagbe,” a staff in the Senate, who begged for anonymity and claimed the rumor has gone viral, said.
When asked about the rumors, Sen. Sherman replied via a text message: “That is a lie; President Weah never asked me to go to the Supreme Court; I have never wanted to be Chief Justice or Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.”
Sen. Sherman, who also denied ever recommending Sen. Nagbe for the post, harshly replied: “I am sorry to say you are being naïve. You know that Sen. Nagbe’s nomination will have to be confirmed by the Senate, and that process starts with the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, which I chair. Then you asked whether I recommended him (according to rumors) to be the next Associate Justice and that what I am thinking about is his nomination? Don’t you think it is ridiculous to ask me those questions?”
As a prominent lawyer and a partner in the law firm of Sherman and Sherman, Sen. Sherman criticized the government for what he saw as non-enforcement of a hiring policy meant to favor Liberian citizens and businesses.
In the 2005 general elections, he ran as the standard bearer of the four-party Coalition for the Transformation of Liberia (COTOL), but lost on the table as the fifth out of the 22 candidates, receiving 7.8 percent of the vote. He then endorsed George M. Weah for the run-off election.
Following the merger of the Liberian Action Party (LAP) into the Unity Party (UP) in 2009, Sherman was chosen as the National Chairman for the two-party merger.
During the 2014 mid-term senatorial elections, he was elected senator for Grand Cape Mount County, winning 61.7 percent of the votes, outwitting then incumbent Abel Massaley and nine others.
Despite this result, an electoral complaint, filed by rival candidates, delayed the admission of Sherman to the Senate when winners of the 2014 elections were certificated on January 5, 2015.
In 2016, a London-based watchdog group, Global Witness, alleged that over US$950,000 in bribe and other suspicious payment were made by the UK mining firm Sable Mining through its Liberian lawyer, Varney Sherman. The Government of Liberia attempted to prosecute Sherman and other, but the case has been dormant for almost a year.