Senate Divided Over Sanctions Against Sen. Sherman

29
874
Sen (Cllr) Sherman: "Sanctions have devastated my reputation..."

Members of the Liberian Senate have expressed mixed opinions on the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) bribery and corruption allegations against Grand Cape Mount County Senator H. Varney G. Sherman, followed by sanctions.

The Senators’ debate was in reaction to a preliminary report submitted to plenary by the Leadership of the Senate, which was initially requested to take charge of Senator Sherman’s letter informing them about OFAC accusation against him. Lofa County Senator Stephen J. H Zargo, defending the Senate’s decision to intervene on behalf of their colleague, argued that though Senator Sherman was accused as Senator, he, however, reminded them that “Today it is Senator Sherman, tomorrow it could be me and others here.”

Senator Abraham Darius Dillon on the other hand warned that the Senate’s manner in handling the issue could institutionally involve the Liberian Senate. “So I hold strongly the Leadership of the Liberian Senate like we have done with other issues, liaise with the Foreign Ministry through the protocol to handle this matter.”

Senator Dillon asserted that what their colleague is accused of is his private affairs, not as a Senator; “And so to be seen or attempting as aiding and abetting the alleged act of one of us against inarguably the world’s most powerful nation… let’s be careful so that sentiment cannot drive our decision or action.”

The Montserrado County Senator further caution that it may appear that they (Senators) do not appear as though they are trying to sympathize with their colleague to do the wrong thing. “We should stand firm and help our colleague in a way that it does not draw the Liberian Senate as an institution in this matter.” Next was Senator Conmany B. Wesseh, who recalled cautioning his colleagues to be careful to introduce such a matter, suggesting that, ” If I were Senator Sherman, I would not write to the Liberian Senate to look into this matter; I would do it quietly because no matter what we say, this is a matter that involves the function and activities of Senator Sherman in his private capacity; he did not go on a Senate matter to do anything for which he was accused.”

He admitted that the Grand Cape Mount County Senator is his good friend, but disagreed with the Senate being drawn in to a matter that does not involve it (Senate). “I think we are doing harm to the Senate; we are making fools of ourselves and we are too old and experienced to allow this to happen. Please, Pro-Temp, we have been working hard together; let’s leave this matter, let sleeping dog lie. If we love Varney, that’s not the way to do it.”

Senator Sherman, owner of the Sherman & Sherman Law Firm, recently submitted a ten-page communication to the Liberian Senate, denying allegations by the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of bribery and corruption. On December 9, 2020, in recognition of the International Anti- Corruption Day, the United States Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed economic and financial sanctions on Cllr Sherman for allegations of bribery of multiple judges associated with his 2010 bribery scheme, in which he was declared not guilty verdict in July 2019.

Cllr Sherman explained that since he was admitted to practice law in February 1980, “I know of no judge during my nearly 41 years career as a Liberian lawyer, who ruled in a case or in cases against me and I was responsible for his/ her impeachment for that reason. I have never ever facilitated payments to any Liberian politician to support impeachment of any judge.”

Speaking with Senate press last month, Cllr Sherman admitted that the sanctions have devasted his long earned reputation; ” It will take me some years after I succeed to remove my name to be able to get my reputation back, I will try my best to try to remove my name.” He asserted that whoever was involved in submitting his name and allegations of bribery and corruption to OCAF must have the stature or the credibility that once they put the information out, and without investigation, OCAF concludes it is true.

29 COMMENTS

  1. To those senators who are attempting to involve the Liberian Senate in a private matter, I caution you to go easy. The world most powerful nation has accused one of your members Senator Varney Sherman, acting in his private capacity as being corrupt in his dealings with other corrupt judges and international players. The United States government did not accuse the Honorable Liberian Senate for any wrong doing. Senator Varney Sherman is the culprit. Do not allow yourselves to be drawn in this matter because it’s a private matter and that Cllr Sherman was not acting on your behalf( The Liberian Senate) when he allegedly committed the acts. Cllr. Sherman needs to recuse himself and face his accusers(The Government of the United States) to produce evidence on the charges levelled against him. Knowing the Americans, and giving the track record of the FBI in investigating cases of this kind, I am sure they have evidence beyond reasonable doubt or they won’t be making such charges. This is a private matter between the most powerful government of the World and a private individual that does not require the interference of the Honorable Liberian Senate. Stay out of it as this matter is Sub-Judice. In Liberian parlance we say “Go mind your business.”

  2. If the allegations against the Senator were detrimental to the interest and security of the US government, by now the Senator would be in the hands of the US government. So no need to worry about anything except for the Senator to file a challenge in the courts of the US against the Department of the Treasury.
    That’s the way forward, for him.

  3. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !
    And so the Liberian Senate is allegedly divided on the sanctions placed on the notorious criminal Senator Varney Sherman ?
    This is the same very trick played on the Senate when Varney was first incited and placed in handcuffs by the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s regime. Varney then ran to the Senate asking them to do on his future in the Senate and as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate sensing no members in the Senate understood the law and provisions of the constitution, and to save face about their own illiteracy and ignorance of the law and constitution, they agreed to for bad boy Varney to stay as Chairman and in the Senate. Varney fooled them with that act.
    Now Varney is back just like before. Asking the same Senate for support just like the first time he was indicted. And this time he is indicted for the same crime of bribery just like the first indictment in his country, but this time out of his country. Playing the Senators for the fools they are. While positioning as the one eye man amongst the blind Senators that do not know how to write, speak in the legal language, or researched the law. Varney is playing them for the suckers they are. Knowing that as illiterate Senators they do not know the constitution for the office they are holding.
    But has any of them read Article 44 with the complete knowledge of understanding ? If they did, they wouldn’t be debating on the notorious Senator Varney Sherman. Neither will they be divided over what to do with that notorious criminal.
    Here is Article 44:” Contempt of the legislature shall consist of actions which obstruct the legislature in the discharge of their legislative duties blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. Trying to spare the reading public about all the unnecessary parts.
    But here is where Article 44 becomes sweeter and a lesson for the illiterate Senators to know and to end their debate over the notorious criminal Senator Varney Sherman. As to continue their debate and discussions, Article 44 of the constitution recognized the debates as a VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION !!!!!!
    Now here’s is the rest of Article 44: “Disputes between the legislators and non-members which are properly recognizable in the courts shall not be entertained or heard in the legislature”. Period
    Varney Sherman knows that provision of the constitution what it means and says. But he Varney is aware that the rest of the Senators are illiterate of the last sentence of Article 44. And he is bent on them violating the constitution on his behalf. And why not on his behalf ?
    The notorious criminal, Senator Varney Sherman did the same thing for them on their behalf. Especially when the very Senators wanted to impeach a sitting Associate Justice of Liberia’s Supreme Court , Justice Ja’neh.
    He led them into violating the constitution. He led them into violating their own Senate rules. He Varney Sherman did all that. The one eye lawyer among the blinds in the Senate.
    Article 44 says disputes between legislators and non-members Shall Not Be Entertained Or Heard In Legislature. That’s A Violation Of The Constitution !
    Will the constitution be violated again just for the sakes of this one notorious criminal, Senator Varney Sherman ? Perhaps So. Cause it has already been violated from the moment the Senators decided to debate the issue of the notorious criminal.
    And for the illiterate Senator, Senator Zargo from Lofa County, if you have any desire to come to the United States of America and commit crimes against the people and government of that country, you will not only be treated like the notorious criminal Varney Sherman, but you will be treated also like the other notorious criminal, House Deputy Speaker Koffa. And since Liberian laws are too weak to prosecute for any major offense in that country, perhaps, do not try visiting the States . Especially if you are a United States citizen. The law awaits you any time.
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha is ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !
    They violating the constitution again Oooooooo ! Just because of Varney Sherman. Ha ha ha ha ha is ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ! The Notorious One .

    • The constitution recognized that the floor of the legislature is not a Court Room to debate legal issues. And the constitution makes it very clear that such disputes shall be entertained or heard!
      The notorious criminal, Senator Varney Sherman is a US citizen. Making bribery to foreign governments by US citizens or companies is against the law in the US.
      So far it is not known how much is his bond in order to travel out of the US. But it is a court hearing in the US. Neither is he saying what the negotiations are between his US lawyers and himself. But wants a foreign country to jump in that matter. The constitution says, that can not happened or will not happened.
      The criminal should stop holding back information from the Senate, and tells all he knows, including any negotiations with the US government. The country has a right to know before getting itself involved in any legal action with the US. But the criminal is not saying anything to that effect. Mind you, he is a lawyer who knows his rights. But others do not.
      For now , and with all properties seized, the smart and know it all criminal is Homeless in the US.

    • Very interesting angle, James. Notwithstanding, what if the charge in this case was rape, or murder, I wonder what option(s) would the senate have as a recourse? For example, could the senate suspend the accused pending the outcome of that investigation or trial?

      Before you take the stand here on this, let me remind you of a case few years ago, in which a sitting representative was accused of “raping and impregnating” a ward living under his roof. There were outcries almost daily from rights groups, women’s group, etc., for this representative outright ouster from office, arrest and incarceration pending the trial. Regrettably I don’t recall whether that lawmaker (or was it lawbreaker?) resigned, or not reelected or even tried for that crime.

      Besides this example, if certain of our leaders can be removed from office “for a cause” including moral turpitude, it goes to say upright moral character, not necessarily piety is a premium expectation in all our leaders. Meaning if you fall short of that expectation, woe onto you!

      The one guarantee about character like pregnancy as they say, no sooner than later it shows. Relative to the character under discussion, just ask former workers of Firestone, or Bong Mines as first character witnesses in the premise, and all other speculations shall be moot.

  4. James Davis and Peter Gboyo, greetings guys!

    Varney Sherman is the rooster in the judicial system in Liberia. He has his colleagues wrap around his little finger.
    He decides all cases in Liberia just from a twinkle of an eye;
    He decides on any investors staying or leaving the country just from the snap of his fingers;
    He has exerted his hegemony on the senate and subdued its members to revere him perpetually in any case;
    He holds a master’s degree but dispense courses to our doctorate degree holders at our law school.

    Man, be afraid of Varney! He is indeed the most powerful man in the judicial system of Liberia.
    The USA, break his wings for us small, we beg you!

  5. Corrupt man Varney Sherman looks very dolorous these days. But he has reasons to be. Years of wrongly profiteering from his fellow compatriots has finally caught up with him. There’s no doubt that Sherman’s situation requires a remedy. But the weak Liberian Senate cannot bail him out neither should the legislative body try to get itself shamefully entangled. Sherman alone and not the Liberian Senate should bear the consequences of his serpentine behavior.

    Let’s be reasonable. No one is clean, except maybe my Liberian-Ivorian buddy who has made himself available to defend weaknesses. Had Sherman been clean of corruption, he would never have been exposed by the US as a Janus-faced lawmaker he claims to be. The people of Liberia deserve better. The Cape Mountainains should waste no time to replace Sherman. The interest of the county is better than a corrupt man.

    ☮️

  6. What the Cape Mountainians need to do now is to recall the rascal from the Senate through a petition and have him replaced forthwith until he clears himself from all charges levelled against him. You cannot have a man representing you with such dubious character. How will he effectively represent you when the international community and the most powerful country in the world views him as a criminal and untrustworthy? A petition from the gallant people of Grand Cape Mount county is now necessary for his re-call and subsequent replacement. It’s a shame that Cape Mount is being represented in the Senate by a criminal. The Vais are proud people and they need to act now by sending out a petition to the government of Liberia for the re-call and or withdrawal of Varney Sherman from the Liberian Senate, for acts incompatible with his constitutional duties at the Liberian Senate.

    • One must be kidding or jesting to suggest the “Recall of a senator from the Senate through a petition and have him replaced forthwith until he clears himself from all charges levelled against him“ BY AN ALIEN OR FOREIGN SOVEREIGN JURISDICTION!

      We say this especially in this instance in which THE VERY SENATOR’S OWN SOVEREIGN JURISDICTION AND SUPREME JUDICIAL JURISDICTION (THE SUPREME COURT OF LIBERIA) HAVE SINCE SLAMMED ALL SUCH ”CAHRGES” OR ”SANCTIONS”!!!

      More so when the so called ”charges” or ”sanctions” HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO BASIS, , IMPACT, NOR EVEN EFFECT, within Liberia’s territorial jurisdiction or extraterritorial jurisdiction, and not within any other territorial jurisdiction in the world with the exception of just a lone or single country! Such a suggestion lacks the required legitimacy, authorized legality moral impulses or ontological sine qua non!

      • Liberia is a sovereign country figuratively, not literally. The country relies on handouts or it won’t survive, so shut the hell up. Like they say, you’re an educated fool.

  7. Dear Old Man Momo,
    I am elated because you’re probably a native son of Cape Mount county. If you’re not a native son, you’re indeed a progressive Liberian who can pull the strings of positive change in the county of Cape Mount.

    Realistically, the time to demand the recall of your egregious lawmaker is now. Tell your fellow Cape Mountainains that Sherman should not get away with this one. The interest of your county is more important than a corrupt lawmaker.

    I know of a good number of well-educated Cape Mountainains who are beyond capable to replace Sherman. I am sure you know a lot more! In fact, you write like an erudite person; you can certainly fit in. So get him out of there in a democratic fashion while he pursues his case in court.

    Peace

  8. Varney Sherman has hit the biggest wall in his life that will send him to his early grave. Now, if he wants to fight these sanctions, he needs to make sure he has millions of dollars to pay lawyers to defend himself in federal court. There is also a criminal aspect to this case. Under Federal Law, he is in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which means he will be prosecuted in federal court when he steps foot in the US. So he has to answer to the US Justice Department as well. This is a mountain Mr. Sherman will never be able to climb. Those criminals running the country should take notice including George Weah.

  9. Comrade True Nationalist,
    This is a hypothetical:
    What happens if a Liberian lawmaker is caught stealing a bag of diamonds from Belgium, Belgian while visiting with friends and relatives…..Upon return to Liberia, is it logical for the lawmaker to continue to serve in his or her official capacity as a lawmaker?

    Problem…..
    Among other things, Sherman is being accused of bribery. The bribery charge is a transaction that involves a foreign country. At the same time, Sherman is an elected official. How do you think the gentleman can effectively perform his legislative duties and fight the bribery charges at the same time?

    Given the scenario, don’t you think it is right for the Senator to be recalled? If he cannot be recalled (I don’t know why) don’t you think it makes sense for the Senator to resign? Lastly, if you feel that the Senator’s misdeeds are a minor distraction, why did he solicit the support of his Senate colleagues? So far, instead of the performing their official duties, the members of the Liberian Senate are split on what to do as it relates to Sherman’s malfeasance.

    At this time, no is saying that Sherman is guilty. But Sherman (a popular lawmaker) is being charged with ethical violation. By continuing to serve as a Senator, don’t you think that Sherman sets a negative precedent? Lastly, do you think Sherman’s interest takes precedence over the interest of the people of Cape Mount?

    • Comrade Hney, firstly, Senator Sherman IS NOT GUILTY for anything!!! Hence, BY NOT CONTINUING TO SERVE AS SENATOR, is where he would be setting a negative and extremely foolish precedent! Senator Sherman demonstrating the decency and courtesy of formally communicating the episode to his colleagues is what is expected of professionals whether in officialdom or otherwise!

      As I shall intimate infra, considering the principles of innocence, jurisdiction, and the presumption of innocence…the kingpin of of justice and legal systems, neither the interest of the people of Cape Mount nor the interests of Senator Sherman has any ligament to these lackadaisical, and reckless, claims from this alien jurisdiction. And this is made evident via the slamming of such nonsense by the Supreme Court of Liberia!

      Now, our legal system is based on THE PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE. Secondly, your hypothetical fundamentally centers on three factors of the PRINCIPLE OF JURISDICTION, AND THE PRINCIPLE OF INNOCENCE!

      According to the principle of jurisdiction (viz the principles of law), persons should be capable of being sued where they are or normally reside, where they conduct ongoing activity if the event or transaction in question occurred there and was related to the activity or the activity is so extensive that defense there would not be an unfair burden, and where the event or transaction occurred if the plaintiff resides there.

      According to the principle of innocence, a person innocent of a criminal act should not be punished for it.

      Accordingly, comrade Hney, etc. etc., taking into account the facts that our’s is based on the presumption of innocence viz your hypothetical on the stolen diamond, until the courts within Liberia’s territorial jurisdiction have proven beyond all reasonable doubts that the accused is found guilty, that person, whether an official of government or an ordinary person, is

      (1) free to go about their normal business and is considered under law and even morals, as innocent as any other innocent person. And if he or she is a lawmaker, it is

      (2) BOTH LAWFUL, LEGITIMATE AND ABSOLUTELY logical for the lawmaker to continue to serve in his or her official capacity as a lawmaker!

      In the case, of the so called bribery accusation by a foreign country which does not have any jurisdiction over Varney Sherman within the jurisdiction of Liberia whether judicial or political, the final arbiter of the Republic of Liberia (THE SUPREME COURT OF LIBERIA) has since slammed that nonsense from an alien jurisdiction trying to display jurisdictional insanity as their democratically and constitutionally ousted SHITHOLE PRESIDENT Donald Trump did in his final hours when he INCITED INSURRECTION against his own country!

      AGAIN, Comrade, Senator Sherman IS NOT GUILTY for anything!!! Hence, BY NOT CONTINUING TO SERVE AS SENATOR, is where he would be setting a negative and extremely foolish precedent! Senator Sherman demonstrating the decency and courtesy of formally communicating the episode to his colleagues is what is expected of professionals whether in officialdom or otherwise!

  10. Say what you may, Cllr. Harry Varney Gboto N. Sherman and Sherman & Sherman Law Office, are in deep and terrifying trouble with the United States of America and the rest of developed world. From where I sit, can see and envision, Cllr. Sherman and Sherman & Sherman, are internationally and reflectively dead, gone and have become history. Absolutely, this is what you get when you insanely think and recklessly believe that you are better than your own country and its people.

    Cllr. Sherman and Sherman & Sherman, reportedly created Big-Boy-1 and Big-Boy-2 to purportedly and unlawfully sell off Mount Wologizi in Lofa County, Liberia to enrich him and his British client, Sable Mining, at the total disadvantage of Liberia and its residents, with impunity. Howbeit, the USA and the developed world were watching.

    Come what may, it is not the practice of law to adversely advise your client to underwrite and violate the laws of Liberia, with impunity. The Republic of Liberia, needs to put into place a National Judicial Commission (NJC) void of the supervision and involvement of sitting judges and Associate Justice to watch over the forceful application and equal enforcement of the laws of Liberia.

    No Liberian, irrespective of his/her status in Liberia, is above the laws of Liberia.

  11. Comrade True Nationalist,
    I truly understand that according to our laws, a person is not guilty until he or she is found guilty by a jury of his/her peers. Hence, it’s a fact that at the present time, Sherman is not guilty. But he’s been charged. He is under a dark cloud. I’m sure, this is not the end; his day will come in court if the Biden administration takes up the case.

    Please be reminded that although Sherman does not live in the US on a daily basis, Sherman owned a house in Bowie, PG county, Maryland, USA. I would like to say Sherman “owns” a house, but I don’t know if his property has been sold or whether he still owns the property in Bowie, Maryland. I have the evidence! Concrete evidence!!!

    My point is this….if Sherman still owns the property in PG county, Maryland, USA, he can be prosecuted in the courts of the USA. The corrupt courts of Liberia may not be able to prosecute him. In fact, the Liberian courts did not bring the charge against him. So there’s no reason why the Liberian courts should try.

    A Few Examples…..
    There are a set of prisoners that are often referred to as Gitmo prisoners. These prisoners are based on the island of Cuba, but the piece of land where the prisoners are kept is owned (not rented) by the US. The prisoners are of international origin. The US maintains the official position that the captured prisoners (from the Middle East) committed atrocities against the US. Let’s not forget. The Gitmo detainees or prisoners committed their atrocities outside of the USA.

    World War Two Nazi Henchmen….
    After the second WW, some Nazi collaborators fled to Brazil, Russia, Canada, the USA and elsewhere. Some of the Nazi collaborators who came to the US were exposed by Mossad, the Israeli Intelligence service. Although the captured Nazis who got caught by Mossad did not commit their atrocities in America or Israel, those captured Nazis were deported and tried in Israel. For instance, an “ungentleman” who was once referred to as the “angel of death…Josef Mengele”, a German WW two high class Nazi, was caught in Brazil by Mossad, deported to Israel, tried in Israeli courts, found guilty and hanged until death. Once again, the ungentleman’s crimes were committed in Germany, not in Israel.

    The Liberian “Uncivil war”…..
    Charles Taylor is a Liberian. But his butt is behind bars in England because of his crimes. Taylor’s crimes against the people of Liberia were horrendous, no doubt. But the henious crimes which he committed, occured outside of England. Lastly, a Sierra Leone national is being tried in Finland, Europe. Yet, the guy was not born in Finland, neither did he commit his crimes in Europe.

    Bottom Line…..
    In Sherman’s particular situation, he certainly can be tried in the US because of the nature of charges that have been presented.

    My earlier hypothetical was based on the issue of morality. I still believe that the people of Cape Mount have a right to act democratically. If the issue that has been brought up against Sherman is serious, it is highly unlikely that Sherman will perform the duties of his office with pizzazz. And so, by asking Sherman to resign, the Cape Mountainains would have the democratic right to do so!

    Comrade True Nationalist, a bribery case is serious. The case must be persued. If Sherman is found to be a clean man, so be it. Nevertheless, Sherman should be tried. Sherman’s clout should not preclude from being tried. No one is above the law. If a poor Liberian is found to be in violation of the law in the US, usually the poor guy is tried in the US and deported to Liberia. The law is the law.

    Peace

  12. Comrade Hney, this is WHY we articulated for you the principles of jurisdiction, innocence, and the presumption of innocence.

    The fact that one jurisdiction may claim a bribery case, does not mean such claim is automatically a bribery case under another jurisdiction.

    See the proof fired by the Liberian Supreme Court.. “Supreme Court of Liberia Slams U.S. Department of Treasury Allegations of Bribery Within The Judiciary!“

    If Senator Sherman is an American citizen of course he can be prosecuted under the American jurisdiction.

    But if he is not an American citizen, he cannot be prosecuted. Do not equate war crimes cases with such allegations from OFAC.

    War crimes can be prosecuted by any jurisdiction irrespective of the culprits nationality or citizenship.

    So, neither the issue of Taylor’s imprisonment nor the prosecution of any war criminal should be mentioned here.

    Also, your mention about Mozzad, Nazzi Israel, or even hot pursuit or extradition, have no connection to the US Magnitsky Act or Sanction which is about freezing of assets within US jurisdiction!!!

    Accordingly, as far as the principles of law, and the five traditional bases of jurisdiction (territorial, nationality, passive, protective, and universality)under international law are concerned viz this OFAC FIASCO on the one hand, and on the other, Articles 65 and 66 of the Liberian Constitution there are

    (1) no basis for your views nor anyone’s views about the senators recusal, resignation, nor

    (2) anything his constituency have to waste their time on. And this is made abundantly clear by the Supreme Court of Liberia via this HEADLINE BY FRONTPAGEAFRICAONLINE HEREUNDER.

    “Supreme Court of Liberia Slams U.S. Department of Treasury Allegations of Bribery Within The Judiciary!“

  13. Comrade True Nationalist,
    Well articulated. But the word “if” poses a hypothetical. Example, “if Sherman” is a naturalized US citizen, he can be tried. I don’t know “if” he is naturalized.

    My main concern is this…why did the US bring up a bribery case against a Liberian national in Liberia if the US knew that its case would be slammed? In other words, how could the US not know that its case would not stand scrutiny?

    Your legal argument is understood. But I am baffled. Not because of what you’ve articulated.

    Don’t even bother to mention Trump. I am not sure what Trump’s leadership was all about. His rotten attitude has got him impeached two times. I am not sure whether he knew what Pompeo was up to when Sherman was accused. On the other hand, I don’t understand why Pompeo brought a bribery case against a sitting foreign Senator.

    Bottom Line..
    Maybe there’s more to the bribery case than we’re being led to believe. The US is not perfect, but the people aren’t stupid to the point where a case would have been brought up without being able to win. We shall see.

    Sherman has been accused of many things by poor Liberians in Liberia. Some point to his years with Firestone. Personally, I’ve no dealings with him. I don’t know if he is a master briber, or a manipulator. I will leave it right there for now.

  14. Comrade Hney,

    in the first place The Magnitsky Act, formally known as the Russia and Moldova Jackson–Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 IS NOT for having people tried or prosecuted!

    The Magnitsky Act ONLY freezes their assets, and ban those under sanction from entering the U.S! PERIOD! Those sanctioned can or may be only prosecuted when they violate or break the sanction by say illegally entering the US or illegally have assess to their assets!

    So, forget about that idea about “if Sherman” is a naturalized US citizen, he can be tried. I don’t know “if” he is naturalized.“

    For if the sanction was about prosecuting people or having them tried, all the US would do is move on for extradition and or simply HOT PURSUIT PRINCIPLE UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW which are arrangements made with the government, state , or jurisdiction where the one sanction is domiciled or is resident.

    But because the Magnitisky Act is far from prosecution, but rather strictly for freezing people assets in the US and banning them from entering the US, extradition, hot pursuit, or been tried, are not applicable.

    Secondly, with reference to your belief that “the people working at OFAC aren’t stupid to the point where a case would have been brought up without being able to win“, you are erring a bit here. For the people at OFAC have no case to take to court. So winning is of no concern to them!

    Accordingly, ANYONE’S POLITICAL ENEMY OR OTHERWISE ENEMY can go there at OFAC and bribe authorities at OFAC to simply EMBARRASS their political or otherwise enemy with any flimsy justification (as is clearly the case with the Senator’s political or business enemy) since in fact, such justification has nothing to do with national security, national interests etc.!

    And with Americans being no different from other human beings, not only you but anyone errs to think people at OFAC cannot be reputational soiled, wicked, and corrupt as others anywhere on earth. HUMAN NATURE!!! WITH MONEY BEING THE MUSIC AND THE LANGUAGE THAT EVERY SOUL LOVES AND UNDERSTANDS RESPECTIVELY!!! YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENED IN THE NYONBLEE, DARIUS, AND MUSA LIBERTY PARTY CLOSED DOORS MOVIES!!!

    At least one of the final statements from the Mike Pompeo himself that ‘There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration’, even after Trump was packing his things, should be enough to rescind or drop that thought of yours that “The US is not perfect, but the people aren’t stupid to the point where a case would have been brought up without being able to win.“ MONEY CAN MAKE THEM DO IT VERY FAST!!!

    THE FACT THAT CORRUPTION IS NOT AS RAMPANT AS CORRUPTION MAY BE IN SOME COUNTRIES, DOES NOT ALTER THE FACT, THAT WHEN IT COMES TO MONEY, THEY CAN BECOME EVEN THE WORST IN TERMS OF CORRUPTION!

    • And with Americans being no different from other human beings, not only you but anyone errs to think people at OFAC cannot be REPUTATIONALLY soiled, wicked, and corrupt as others anywhere on earth.

  15. Mr. True Nationalist,
    Say what you may, whether you argue presumptive, universal, territorial, or subject matter jurisdiction, our colleague, Cllr. Harry Varney Gboto N. Sherman and Sherman & Sherman Law Office, are in deep and terrifying trouble with the United States of America and the rest of the developed world. From where I sit, can see and envision, Cllr. Sherman and Sherman & Sherman Law Office are internationally and reflectively dead, gone, and have become deadly and untouchable history. In fact, Cllr. Sherman’s own statement carried by Liberia’s local newspapers, Sherman & Sherman Law Office, may have to be dissolved. Absolutely, this is what you get and is your punishment when you insanely think and recklessly believe that you are better than your own country and its citizens and residents.

    Cllr. Sherman and Sherman & Sherman Law Office, reportedly and intentionally created the Big-Boy-1 and Big-Boy-2 as a deceptive strategy to purportedly and unlawfully sell-off Mount Wologizi in Lofa County, Liberia to enrich him and his British client, Sable Mining, at the total disadvantage to the people of Lofa County, Liberia, and its residents, with clear self-serving and induced and impunity. Howbeit, the USA and the developed world were keenly watching.

    Come what may, whether you argue, territorial, universal, presumptive, or subject matter jurisdiction, it is not the practice of law to adversely advise your client to underwrite and violate the laws of Liberia, with impunity. The Republic of Liberia needs to put into place a National Judicial Commission (NJC) void of the supervision and involvement of sitting judges and Associate Justices to clearly and independently watch over the clear forceful application and equal enforcement of the laws throughout the Republic Liberia.

    No Liberian, irrespective of his/her status in Liberia, is above the laws of Liberia.

  16. Mr. Jayweh, neither our premise, argument, reasoning, nor conclusion, is negating the reality that Senator Sherman viz his law firm “is in deep and terrifying trouble with the United States of America and the rest of the developed world.“

    For Senator Sherman himself has disseminated that “the U.S. government has devastated his character as a lawyer and it’s going to take him years to redeem his character.“

    As a matter of fact our major reason for participating in this particular discussion is to clarify on the issue of JURISDICTION, AND WHAT OFAC’S SANCTION ENTAILS!

    For example that OFAC’S SANCTION HAS ABSOLUTELY NO EFFECT WITHIN THE TERRITORIAL AND EXTRATERRITORIAL JURISDICTIONS OF LIBERIA! And this argument of mine is validated ipso facto the verdict or judgment of the Supreme Court of Liberia which is as disseminated in this headline “Supreme Court of Liberia Slams U.S. Department of Treasury Allegations of Bribery Within The Judiciary!“

    Secondly, Mr. Jayweh, with reference to your assertion that “it is not the practice of law to adversely advise your client to underwrite and violate the laws of Liberia, with impunity“, we hope you are not implying that the utilization of LOOPHOLES is a violation of the law.

    Nor are we insinuating that violating the law for one’s client meets the standard of inclusive or exclusive legal positivism. Nor are we tacitly saying a lawyer should take both the cudgels and the case of his or her client, nonetheless the fact that as professional manipulators, lawyers understand well the differences between morality and enforceability, hence we gauge the extent to which enforceability is effective or can be ignored.

    So, in short, our argument is that

    (1) that OFAC sanction has no effect within the sovereign jurisdiction of Liberia, and that as has been expressed and implied in this headline.. “Supreme Court of Liberia Slams U.S. Department of Treasury Allegations of Bribery Within The Judiciary!“

    (2) The Magnitsky Act, formally known as the Russia and Moldova Jackson–Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 IS NOT for having people tried or prosecuted!

    (3) The Magnitsky Act ONLY freezes their assets, and ban those under sanction from entering the U.S! PERIOD! Those sanctioned can or may be only prosecuted when they violate or break the sanction by say illegally entering the US or illegally have assess to their assets!

  17. For example, to draw an analogy, U.S Senator Bob Mendenez from my state of New Jersey was accused of corruption by the Justice Department in 2014, but kept his post as the ranking Democrat (number 2 person) in the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs until he was actually indicted in 2015. A year later, the trial ended in a hung jury, and he resumed his post on the committee. Nobody insinuated, or claimed he bribed jurors or, for that matter, the trial judge.

    Yet, Senator Varney Sherman has only been ‘accused’ by a foreign country, and placed on sanctions by a politically motivated executive order; notwithstanding, there are those eagerly digging his political grave in the Liberian Senate. If some of our overpaid senators were serious, they would use their oversight authority to cut down on wasteful spending in government, and review Liberia’s mining law in order to increase revenue from export of gold, diamonds, rutile, cobalt, and so on to increase annual budgetary projections from a disgraceful USD $500 million to USD $1 billion. With all the very smart people of our fatherland, Father God, why do some of our elected officials often behave like fools?

    • Mr. Moses, with reference to the analogy proffered by you, that situation had to be that way because when the well informed and the really educated are in the majority within a given community, be it officialdom or otherwise, RESPECT FOR THE LAW IS ALWAYS ONE OF THE SELECT GROUP OF PRINCIPLES which such community come to regard as essential to the effective and equitable operation of civilized politicking.

      In short, it shocks the conscience and beats the imagination that I watched some in the Liberian Senate calling for recusal and resignation of a sitting Senator and Chairman on Judicial Affairs, simply based on what legally amounts to HEARSAY, despite the fact a lawmaker of Liberia should know that it is a cornerstone of Anglo Saxon justice (Liberia, USA, UK, Nigeria, etc) that an accused is presumed innocent unless and until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

      And worse, to hear people who claim to be lawmakers, asking one of their colleagues to recuse himself or resign simply based on HEARSAY FROM AN ALIEN JURISDICTION, was painful, laughable, shameful and embarrassing to assimilate the reality that such officials are my own honorable officials! MY GOD!!! MY GOD!!!

  18. Mr. True Nationalist,
    Take it or leave it, as long as Liberia yet and still have Liberians and law offices like Cllr. H. Varney G. Sherman and Sherman & Sherman Law Office like and type around and actively running the development and advancement of Liberia and its citizens underground to simply enrich them and their powerful corporate clients, Liberia and our people sadly have a long way to go. Acting on Cllr. Harry Varney G. Gboto Sherman’s misdirected Letter of Complaint to the Senate, Liberians, and residents of Liberia can clearly see and conclude that Cllr. Sherman and Sherman & Sherman Law Office have no intention to go down alone but to draw Liberia and its people to go down with him and suffer the same sanction and punishment. If this is not the case, then Cllr. Harry Varney Gboto N. Sherman, has no factual and legal reason why he wrote the Liberian Senate. The sanction imposed on Cllr. Sherman by the United States of America is and remains a private encounter and private engagement. Why did Cllr. Does Sherman think that writing the Liberian Senate makes any moral and legal sense? Why draw Liberia and its citizens into the sanction matter imposed on him and his Sherman & Sherman Law Office? Come what may, the Republic of Liberia and its people have no role to play whatsoever in Cllr. Harry Varney Gboto N. Sherman’s sanction matter imposed by the USA pending in the USA. The Senate and the Weah-led Government have no role. Let Cllr. H. Varney H. Sherman and Sherman & Sherman, leave Liberia, its people, and residents alone. Liberia is not the private farm of Liberians wanting to rich quickly.

  19. Mr. Jayweh, I do not have a divergent view nor an opposing opinion that once our lawyers, politicians, and to some extent, our prelates, remain blinded by THE INVESTMENT THEORY OF POLITICS (selfish interests of politicians, lawyers, and corporations, firms other businesses etc), our glorious land of liberty and “its people have a long way to go.“

    In the case of the thought viz the probability that the spirit of Senator Sherman’s letter to his colleagues in the Liberian Senate may be to have the U.S. impose the punitive technique of collective responsibility upon the nation, I hope this is not the case, since indeed, the raison d’être of the Magnitsky Act or OFAC SANCTION IS INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTABILITY, so as not to punish the whole nation.

    Mr. Jayweh, to this end, I must underscore that dissecting the intellectual anatomy of our exchanges in toto on this matter in which we have had diversities at a myriad of points, I have finally realized at this juncture, that despite our disagreements, we have agreed that “Come what may, the Republic of Liberia and its people have no role to play whatsoever in Cllr. Harry Varney Gboto N. Sherman’s sanction matter imposed by the USA pending in the USA.“

  20. WONDERFUL! LET CLLR. H. VARNEY G. SHERMAN, challenge and represent Sherman & Sherman and his own private and personal interest. By creating Big-Boy-1 and Big-boy-2, to sell off Mount Wologizi, if Cllr. Sherman and Sherman & Sherman committed no crime, then so be it. ABOVE ALL ELSE, LIBERIA MUST BE FIRST IN ALL OUR DEALINGS.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here