U.S. Gov’t Sanctions Sen. Varney Sherman

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Sen. Varney G. Sherman

— For alleged bribery

The United States of America, through its Treasury Department, has placed Global Magnitsky designations on several individuals including Liberian Senator, Cllr. H. Varney G. Sherman, on grounds that he allegedly facilitated bribery in the judiciary and that, in one instance, he allegedly bribe his colleagues “to support impeachment of a judge who has ruled against him.”

In a release, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said it is “targeting corrupt actors and their networks across several countries in Africa and Asia. Today’s actions are taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, and targets perpetrators of corruption and serious human rights abuse. 

“On International Anti-Corruption Day, Treasury remains fully committed to imposing costs on those who facilitate corruption at the expense of the people,” said Deputy Secretary Justin G. Muzinich,” the release said. 

At the top of the list of alleged corrupt actors is Liberian Senator Harry Varney Gboto-Nambi Sherman, who the U.S. Treasury Department claims, “has routinely paid judges to decide cases in his favor, and he has allegedly facilitated payments to Liberian politicians to support impeachment of a judge who has ruled against him.” 

Senator Sherman, according to the U.S. Government, allegedly offered bribes to be set free from a bribery case he and some other top government officials in Liberia, including former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex J. Tyler, were connected to.

Global Witness, a British corruption watchdog, in 2015, alleged that Sable Mining Company, through Cllr. Varney Sherman, the company’s legal representative, and his colleagues conspired to circumvent the law in order for the company to get a concession to mine the Wologisi Mountain in Lofa without going through a competitive bidding process.

“Varney Sherman, now a prominent lawyer, Liberian Senator, and chair of the Liberian Senate Judiciary Committee, offered bribes to multiple judges associated with his trial for 2010 bribery scheme, and he had an undisclosed conflict of interest with judge who ultimately returned a not guilty verdict in July 2019,” the release said.

“In the 2010 scheme that led to his trial, Sherman was hired by a British Mining company in an effort to obtain one of Liberia’s last mining assets, the Wologisi iron ore concession. Sherman advised the company that, in order to obtain the contract, they first had to get Liberia’s procurement and concession law changed by bribing senior officials,” the U.S. Government further noted.

It added: “In 2016, Sherman was indicted by the Liberian government, along to several government officials, for their involvement in the US$950,000 bribery scheme.”

The U.S. Government further took note that in 2019 the presiding judge acquitted all individuals accused of being involved in the bribery scheme.

However, neither Liberian government lawyers nor Global Witness itself could prove the bribery allegations, even after more than a year of trial proceedings. Moreover there was no indication that the Liberian Public Procurement and Concessions Law had been changed, as alleged by Global Witness.

A source close to Sen. Sherman suggests that the US Treasury may have been misinformed about the alleged bribery case, in which he was acquitted be cause there was no evidence to prove bribery or to prove that the procurement law was changed as alleged.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Government said Sen. Sherman routinely paid judges to decide cases in his favor, and he has allegedly facilitated payments to Liberian politicians to support the impeachment of a judge who had ruled against him.

“Sherman’s acts of bribery demonstrate a larger pattern of behavior to exercise influence over the Liberian Judiciary and the Ministry of Justice,” it said.

The Department added: “Sherman is designated for being a foreign person who is current or former government official responsible for or complicit, or directly or indirectly engaged in, corruption, including the misappropriation of state assets for personal gain, corruption related to government contracts or in the extraction of natural resources, or bribery.”

Senator Sherman told the Daily Observer in a brief phone call that he was simply “shocked by the designation”, but would not comment further.

Implications

“As a result of today’s action,” the Treasury designation, noted, “all property and interests in property of the persons above that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked and must be reported to OFAC. In addition, any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by one or more blocked persons are also blocked. Unless authorized by a general or specific license issued by OFAC, or otherwise exempt, OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all transactions by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of designated or otherwise blocked persons. The prohibitions include the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any blocked person or the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.”

Executive Order 13818

The U.S. Department of Treasury Sanction against Sen. Sherman is in keeping with Executive Order 13818, signed by U.S. President, Donald Trump, on December 20, 2017 upholding the decision of the and all other American institutions of integrity who see it right to prevent corrupt persons, including officials of governments in other nations to not be allowed to enter America for any reason.

The Order blocking the properties of persons involved in serious human rights abuse or corruption, law and justice was issued on December 21, 2017.

“By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C 1701 et seq) (IEEPA), the National Emergency Act (U.S.C 1601 et seq) (NEA), the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (Public Law 114-328) (the “Act”), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C 1182(f), (INA) and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,

“I, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, find that the prevalence and severity of human rights abuse and corruption that have their source, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States, such as those committed or directed by persons listed in the Annex to this Order, have reached such scope and gravity that they threaten the stability of international political and economic systems.

“I therefore determine that serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, and I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.

President Trump said in his Executive Order that all property and interests in property that are in the United States and that hereafter come within the possession or control of any U.S. person of corrupt persons or human rights abusers, are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, or withdrawn.

Trump’s Executive Order, which empowers the U.S. Treasury Department’s action against Senator Sherman will going forward, prevent Sherman from traveling to the U.S. and all other properties he has in the U.S. are set to be seized by the government.

Of recent, Cllr. Varney Sherman’s public desination is the second, after former Passport Division Director, Andrew Wanplo who was dismissed by President George Weah, taken to Court but declared not guilty.

After sometime, the U.S. Government placed sanction on Wanplo and his immediate family.

31 COMMENTS

  1. This con artist and passport seller was never, never trained by his parents. He simply won cases in court back in the days due to political connections and intimidations and bribery.
    James Davis said this a long time about this financial hustler. He simply should had died in the war. Thinking about how proud are his children, and perhaps his wife ?
    Moving forward, this hustler, this con artist, this God Forsaken Man , Varney Sherman will be in no position to hurt the Republc any more.
    This God Forsaken Man that boasted about making his living in the court by any means necessary , just got caught for corrupting the legal system of his country and has been sentenced to die in that country. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ! Next big fish, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. It is a good thing that these political and financial hustlers are dying and knowing about the kind of country they are leaving behind. No more airlift to USA. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha 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. Interesting how it is by the grace and vigilance of outsiders that murdejust rers and corrupt Liberians have been brought to justice, and not through any efforts of Liberians. As a matter of fact, Liberians rather befriend any of those criminals than to do anything to bring them to justice for their crimes. In one podcast I saw either Nigerians or Cameronians accost one of their government officials for allegedly siphoning public funds. people booed and shove the official around so much, he may never return to the US for anything for a very long time.

    Now, I am not suggesting that Liberians go about assaulting government officials just for the heck of it, no. But simply demonstrating against and heckling people known to be complicit in embezzeling public funds that ought to be subjected to similar treatment when they travel anywhere abroad.

    If we say we are serious about cleaning up our country of corruption and punishing people for the crimes they commit in Liberia, we have to start carrying our own load as in doing our own dirty work, otherwise others will think we are not serious for our own good.

    • These are some of the integrity people in Liberia…… I mean Honorable…. But we get there gradually….,thanks to president Trump and the American society for this classified information.. We need more pls.

  3. A Long Honeymoon Gone Ugly

    Some times it’s very difficult to walk away from a friend or relationship, however, one has to respect himself to walk away from one when it does not serve purpose. When we steal from our poor people, and sent it across to be kept in ’safety coffers,’ to our ’friends’ we think we are doing ourselves good. Neither do we know one day that honeymoon will come to an end.

    If Mr. Varney Sherman has any money in American Bank, this is a sad day for him.

    My Liberian People, this serves as an alarm bell. If I ever have the luxury of stealing Liberian People money, I better build many houses, hotels and hospitals in Liberia. No one can sanction a Liberian from coming to Liberia. If I died, those stolen wealth will remain with my people ya!

    Let’s make our beds better, so we can always lie on it. If we keep constantly making another man’s bed better, he will enjoy the luxury of a good night sleep with his girl friend.

    Mamadu Bah ( Meridian Health) Adelaide

    • Mamadu Bah, one‘s funds, properties, or any other assets been blocked is no seizure nor loss of property, funds, or assets, nor confiscation!! NO NO NO NO! All those assets, funds, or properties FOREVER REMAIN THE LAWFUL properties, funds, and or assets of Senator Varney Sherman. GET IT STRAIGHT!

      Shortly, you will see a reverse by OFAC as has been done in the past under similar circumstances. Let this statement hereunder proffer you that opportunity for assimilation..

      “Unless authorized by a general or specific license issued by OFAC, or otherwise exempt, OFAC’s regulations generally prohibit all transactions by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of designated or otherwise blocked persons.“

  4. Sherman is too much for Liberia! Finally, he has met his match. Sherman will be dealt with as a corrupt politician. His affiliation with the CPP shouldn’t play any role in dealing with him.

    • Mr. Hney,

      Cllr. Harry Varney G. Sherman, though he is a member of Unity Party, (UP) and by default, a member of CPP and Rainbow Coalition, unfortunately, Cllr. Sherman is also key Legal Counsel and Legal Aid to Dr.,Dr., and Dr., George Manneh Weah, (Ph.D)., (Th.D.), (D.D,) (M.Dv.) and (J.D) and his CDC-led Government.

      Like Mr. False Nationalist, Garsuah Gborvlehn, Mai Moore, Matilda Witherspoon, and may I add Sylvester G. Moses, Cllr. H. Varney Sherman, is truly a great hustler and a key Corporate Attorney that sees nothing wrong with selling Liberia and its people to ALIENS.

      As they say, Birds of the same color, usually rob the people together. What a shame. CPP and Rainbow Coalition and the people of Grand Cape County, will run this shameless LAWYER and Greedy human being out of the Senate come 2023 and replace him with a true child of Grand Cape Mount County who will not sell Liberia but is committed to our people.

      Our people, the Liberian people can see clearly now. The time of the people has certainly come.

      Heartlessly and Greedy, Cllr. Sherman as Chairman of Unity Party, received US$35,000 from an international journalist and together with Dr.Togar Gayweah, Liberia’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, shamelessly sold Liberia’s Diplomatic Passport to an Alien; there is a movie out there on Liberia about this criminal activity of Mrs. Sirleaf and Cllr. Sherman and Togar Gayway selling our passports.

      This same year, it was reported that Cllr. Varney Sherman fooled Dr., Dr., and Dr. George Manneh Weah when he and his Law office, SHERMAN & SHERMAN, knowingly deceived Mr. Weah and his CDC-Led Government when he H. Varney G. Sherman wrote a Concession Agreement for thé Weah-led Government and his Retained Client and placed in that Agreement a CLAUSE that favored Cllr. Sherman and his Client—An Alien business against the Weah-led CDC Government.

      Just so you know, Cllr. H. Varney G. Sherman is key Legal Counsel to Mr. Weah and also a Legal Counsel to nearly every ALIEN business corporation doing business with Mr. Weah and his CDC-led Government. WHAT A SHAME! Dr. Weah careless as long as he, Weah eats.

      Also, Cllr. Frank Musa Dean, Liberia’s Minister of Justice & Attorney General, and Cllr. Jelius C. Cepheus, Solicitor General and Chief Prosecutor of the Republic of Liberia, each, has a Law Office opened and running and they see nothing wrong with their offices as SG and AG dropping Financial and Economic Crimes against privately clients they represented before against the current Government of Liberia run by Dr. Weah.

      In Liberia though Article 90 (a) of the 1986 Constitution of the Republic of Liberia inhibits all of the above, but Cllr. Sherman and many other officials of the Government of Liberia, whether appointed or elected are running private offices and projects against Liberia and our people in blatant violation of Article 90(a) of our Constitution.

      Come February, 2021, by God Grace, our Law Office, Africa Center for Law, will commence educating the Liberian people by and thru a Radio Program Known and Styled, KNOW YOUR RIGHTS by-monthly.

      We will be covering many topics respecting Liberia’s Statutory and Constitutional Law and its impact on Liberia and our people.

  5. What a positive development!

    For once, I am in perfect agreement with every commentator on this article, especially my little brother Mamadu Bah.

    To the US Government, a big thank you for this punishment! With such action, a strong message will be sent to our judiciary to moralize public office in Liberia.
    A major factor to underdevelopment in Liberia is its justice system. You only win case in Liberia if you have money or if you have people placed somewhere in the right position. And so only crooks survive through the system.

    Most of our senators and representatives are corrupt to the bone. The justice system is rotten to thee core. The executive branch is equally tainted as black as coal. How can the country develop?
    These are some reasons some of us are strongly advocating a leadership like that of Cummings. We need to moralize public office in Liberia for the country to move forward.
    I hope the US Government will continue to look further to sanction others. There are still many out there, pretending to be clean whereas they as corrupt as the day is long.

    Thank you, USA!

  6. Now that the enabler of corruption by the name of Elders is gone and a new US ambassador has arrived, I look foward to seeing many more names announced in the future. Waiting on the likes of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to get her just dues.

    Thank you US. Hopefully Biden continues where Trump leaves off should he become the president.

  7. The United States is making noise. If they really intend now to fight corruption in Liberia, they should begin with the corrupt and heartless dinosaurs in all those branches of gov’t. Sanctions alone have never yet affected any corrupt African disgraced politician. The regretful point is that our so – called stakeholders have no feelings of shame. Because, after so many years of grand stealing, their conscience is focused ONLY on their pockets rather than on the people who elected them.
    If the USA had been serious in fighting corruption in Liberia, the likes of Varney Sherman, a shameless SOB, would not have been in government in the first place. Varney Sherman, Liberia’s archenemy, had been nail in the flesh of this country since 1978, when he represented the interest of two Libanese Nationals who murdered their store boy, Edward Gberrie, a UL student for allegedly stealing a “candy”. They were aquitted in absence and tears of Mrs. Angie Brooks – Randolph, a strong supporter of their convictions. But just two years later, the then Minister of Justice, Joseph Cheason, would pay with his life on the execution pole for that gross injustice.
    Varney Sherman represented gov’t in the severance pay of Bong Mines. Hardly any of those retired workers benefitted from it, as they had to relinquish a significant portion of it to the government and the lawyer.
    But, sorry, the names and crimes of the people who are in power to develop the country can never be exhausted. If it where in China or Korea, all those associated with that Sable-Wologissi astounding patriotic mischief would have been executed. Of course in Lie-be-real, this is normal Parliamentary function.
    Julius A. Momo – Stone. USA

  8. I have observed over the years that whenever a private sector employee decides to enter politics, she or he causes a big unforgettable mess. Look at Varney Sherman. Look at Donald J. Trump. Look at that woman. Now take a pause and clean your glasses (if you use glasses). Look at the guy who’s coming from the private sector. His presidency will leave a permanent scar on our foreheads. Ohhhhh…. Wake up Liberia. Y’all wake up my people.

  9. A Stunt for 2023?

    Thank you Big Brother Dolo. I m happy our generation is thinking differently. I m not perfect nor do I claim to be. We Africans and Liberian together should always think of our home. I m not against anyone living abroad. That idea of massing wealth and stacking it in foreign bank should come to an end. Liberia is the only country in this whole world that I can feel safe to drive at night. Drive without a driving license (even though it’s a crime). When a police officer pull me over we can speak the Liberian way and I pay a fine later. I will never be comfortable doing that in Sydney, Adelaide, Washington DC, Los Angeles,etc. I will be looking over shoulder not to end up Philando Castele , George Floyd or Sandra Bland. If a piece of real estate on this planet (Liberia) that can provide me with such safety and luxury, while can I be nice to it and pay back in kind. Maybe, like what Uncle Hney just said, it may be a political stunt, to galvanize notoriety for 2023. Let’s wait and see.

    Mamadu Bah (N/P) Adelaide Australia

  10. This singular action suggests domestic politics driven by local actors with steely foreign tentacles: Tell me something else. Thankfully, for Senator Sherman, it arose from a Trump executive order. And America is a great country of laws, checks and balances where Congress, which symbolizes “We the people”, is supreme. (Any action can be legally contested). Even in Heaven, I would express reservations about any form of profiling, or targeting of a handful, for punishment.

  11. My people, do not be afraid to vote for Alexander B. Cummings in 2023. He will NEVER fail Liberia; he will serve you faithfully to ensure we begin to live and do things like other Africans around us.
    For now, he is the best with the most progressive platform for Liberia. Don’t let people scare you for nothing. The guy is good and clean; no (political or moral) blemish at all!

    The guy has NEVER killed Liberians before, he has NEVER stolen Liberian people’s money. He went to school, got jobs and climbed up the professional ladder through merit; it means he did not climb the ladder by “who knows you” contact. He merited his promotions.

    When you vote such person, our school system will be revamped, education will AGAIN be regarded as the road to excellence and promotion in society, people will be scared to steal our money, ritual killings will finish and Liberians will be able to eat 3 times a day. We will be happy again to enjoy our lives.

    Let’s pray for 2023 to come quickly, my people!

  12. Surprisingly, I ran into an Ethiopian car dealer recently. Talking from one thing to another, he asked this question,
    “Sir where are you from”? Liberia, I responded! Then I asked him why?

    His response…”Oh, George Weah Country”.
    His next statement…”Weah was good as a soccer player. He’s not good as a president”.

    I responded by saying, “that’s how it is in Ethiopia and everywhere in black Africa”.

    Now, why am I saying all of this?
    Answer: Those people who were in the private sector should stay there. They were good in the private sector. They will be unable, (despite their big bluff) to function effectively in the political arena. Like someone used to say, if you are a mechanic, be to where you are. So if you know someone who was effective in the private sector, tell him or her to stay there. Y’all hear my people. Me I finish ooo.

    Take my word to the bank my people. I mean it ooooo!

  13. But what the hell can water do to rock, especially so when the water is about to recede into oblivion? More so that Senator Manja Henry Varney Gbotonabi is one of the most successful, astute, and richest lawyers on the continent of Africa and some extent in the world!!! By the time we enter the Oval Office next month we shall overturn and incinerate that bull dung!

    In other words, If Mike Pompeo can eviscerate his credibility by

    *1) making such judgement in such public utterance as ‘There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration’ even when it has been made clear as day that the electorate or voters had shown the Trump administration the door, or

    (2) the very Donald Trump would end up in a semi fist fight with the Secretary of Justice Attorney General Bill Barr, and even made indications of firing Barr for saying there were no evidence to substantiate Trump’s frivolous claims of election fraud, I would

    (3) not be surprise that this all of s sudden sanction against one of Liberia’s finest statesmen and astute lawyer may emanate from his freedom of belief, opinion, and expression having similar SPIRIT to those of US Attorney General Bill Barr, US Cyber Security Director Chris Kreb, and or those of US judges throwing out through the windows Donald Trump’s fraudulent ,claims to steal election!

    But for such a frustrated administration face to face with its MIRAGE that it was set for two terms,, despite the fact this particular Executive Order was given in 2017, such abuses in an international mileu where broadly interpreted, might actually makes right, political psychology makes clear that DISPLACEMENT MECHANISMS VICTMIZING THE INNOCENT BASED ON THE EXERCISE OF THEIR RIGHTS, ETC BECOMES THE OBVIOUS!!!!!!!!

    IN SHORT, IF THE US OR DONALD TRUMP LOOKED THE OTHER WAY, AND CHOSE NOT TO STRIKE ITS MAGNITSKY SANCTION AGAINST THOSE WHO SLAUGHTERED THE LATE AMERICAN BASED JOURNALIST, IT SMELLS IN THE HEAVENS TO OUT OF THE BLUE, STRIKE SUCH A SANCTION AGAINST SENATOR SHERMAN WHO IS IN THIS CONTEXT, PROTECTED BY THE US ACT OF STATE DOCTRINE EMANATING AND PROVING BEYOND ALL REASONABLE DOUBT BY A COURT’S VERDICT THAT CLLR SHERMAN IS ACQUITTED AS INNOCENT!

    • WHY DONALD TRUMP DID NOT MAKE THE MAGNITSKY ACT APPLICABLE HERE IF HUMAN RIGHTS AND CORRUPTION IN OTHER COUNTRIES WHY HE DID NOT APPLY IT HERE? THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE BESIDES THE FACT, TRUMP MADE CLEAR THAT IF THE US DARED APPLY SANCTION ON THE PERPETRATOR,, SAUDI ARABIA WOULD NOT BUY THE ARMUNITION THE US WANTED TO SELL TO SAUDI ARABIA, AND FRANCE, RUSSIA, BRITAIN OR CHINA WOULD SELL IT TO THE SAUDIS, SUCH DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL ACT DID NOT AFFECT US NATIONAL SECURITY NOR NATIONAL INTEREST.

      US President Donald Trump has strongly defended ties with Saudi Arabia despite international condemnation of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.

      The kingdom is a “steadfast partner” that has agreed to invest “a record amount of money” in the US, Mr Trump said in a statement.

      The president acknowledged Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “could very well” have known about Khashoggi’s murder.

      “In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” he added.

      Mr Khashoggi was murdered on 2 October on a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

      The journalist who vanished into a consulate
      The Jamal Khashoggi story so far
      Saudi Arabia has blamed the killing on rogue agents but denied claims that the crown prince had knowledge of the operation.

      US media have reported that the CIA believes Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder.

      Mr Trump’s statement said: “[It] could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!”

      Later on Tuesday, Mr Trump said that the CIA had not made a “100%” determination on the killing.

      In an interview on Sunday, the president told Fox News that he had refused to listen to a recording of Khashoggi’s murder provided by Turkey, calling it “a suffering tape”.

  14. Maybe Senator Sherman will now disclose the true identities of “Big Boys 1 and 2” and tell the Liberian people why it had been necessary to conceal their identities in the first place.

  15. A WARNING SHOT FOR THE CURRENT REGIME! WHAT YOU DO TODAY, WILL HAUNT AND HUNT YOU TOMORROW. AS FOR VARNEY, HE GOT WHAT HE BARGAINED FOR. JUSTICE WILL PREVIAL GRADUALLY!

  16. Why is the Supreme Court of the United States Remarkably Different from Liberia’s Supreme Court?

    I am glad for whatsoever reason (s), Mr. Hney, mentioned that the Supreme Court of the United States of America legally and firmly stood aside and upheld the Statutory and Constitutional function of the Supreme Court of United States and the right of the Court to decline and reject the alleged election fraud complaint filed by President Donald J. Trump and his Team. In short, the Court denied President Trump and his Team’s Motion for Leave to sue and prosecute their alleged Election Fraud Complaint on two legal grounds.

    The Supreme Court of the United States of America declined, rejected and refused to grant President Donald John Trump and his Team’s Motion to be granted the authority and right to sue and overturn the election results in four out of the 50 States of the United States on grounds, that:

    1. President Trump and his Team neglected and failed to demonstrate that the manner and form by which the four States preferred and conducted their separate elections, in and of itself, factually and legally, injured President Donald J. Trump and his Team and they had proof of the alleged fraud committed.

    2. President Trump and his Team having blatantly neglected and failed to demonstrate their separate and collective injuries, he and his Team, lack the Standing to sue. Thus, their Motion for Leave to sue and overturn the results of the Presidential Election held in the four States out of the 50 States of the United States was accordingly declined, rejected and terminated with prejudice.

    3. President Trump and his Team sought to have their alleged election fraud complaint lodged at the Supreme Court arguing the doctrine of Original Jurisdiction of the Court under which a state of the United States is permitted to sue another state and must be heard. Since President Trump and his team proceeded by Wrong Rule and failed to demonstrate no jury, their Motion for Leave to sue was declined and rejected;

    4. The Supreme Court of the United States of America, demonstrated great courage and fortitude to have rejected, declined and terminated the Motion for Leave filed at the Court by President Trump and his Associates for want of the standing or right to sue to bring their complaint before the Court;

    5. In doing so and by rejecting and terminating President Trump and his Team’s Motion, clearly and forcefully demonstrates that the US Judiciary is separate and independent of the Legislative and Executive Branches of the Government of the United States; though the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary are co-equal, coordinating, but separate branches of the Government of the United States America;

    6. In essence, the Supreme Court of the United States of America, stood-up and refused to hear and decide a matter that totally lacks factual and legal efficacy and merit to claim the attention of the Court. Judicial independence as a matter of Law was demonstrated and maintained here by the Supreme Court of America without fear and/or favor;

    7. The Judiciary of the Republic of Liberia is different and unique. The Supreme Court of Liberia like the Supreme Court of America, has two distinct jurisdictions: 1) Appellate , and 2) Original Jurisdictions. Under the Appellate Jurisdiction, appealing a matter to the Supreme Court of Liberia is a right guaranteed to all Litigants. Thus, the Appellants need no permission to sue and prosecute a complaint at our Supreme Court;

    8. The United States of America judicial structure, consists mainly of the Federal District Courts; Federal Appellate Courts; and the Supreme Court of the United States. As a matter of law and procedure, matters of appeal, can only be lodged at the US Supreme Court by a Motion for Leave of the Court to Sue;

    9. In short, a party wanting to appear before the US Supreme Court to sue and be heard can only do so by a Motion seeking the permission of the Supreme Court of the United States to sue and prosecute a case before the Court. If the Litigant’s Motion for Leave is rejected and declined, that ends his/her complaint;

    10. This is not so in Liberia. All Appeals must go to the Supreme Court of Liberia. Litigants, don’t need a permission from the Supreme Court of Liberia to lodge his/her complaint or appeal. Appeals being a right, must be filed at the Supreme Court of Liberia and must be heard and decided by our Supreme Court;

    11. Since Liberia judicial structure has only Justice of the Peace and Magistrate, Circuit and Specialized and Supreme Courts and no intermediate Courts, appeal is a right and thus, a party, needs no permissions or Leave of the Supreme Court to appeal and have his case heard and determined by our Supreme Court.

    12. Apart from the remarkable structural uniqueness and differences between the Supreme Court of Liberia and the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of the United State, is truly independent, reliable, trustworthy and respected by the people of the United States in every form and context of life.

    13. The same cannot be said of the Subordinate and Supreme Courts of Liberia. This happens to be so because the Subordinate and Supreme Courts of Liberia are challenged, the budget of the judiciary has always been denominated and controlled by the President of Liberia. As such, the judgments of the Subordinate and Supreme Courts of Liberia are on many occasions uncertain, unclear and unreliable.

    14. Since 1847 to today, the Presidents of Liberia have always sought to and unduly influence the judgment of the Subordinate and the Supreme Courts of Liberia. This unlawful behavior, takes much away from the independence and credibility of our Courts and not to say the credibility of our Judiciary.

    The judgments in following Case decided by the Subordinate and Supreme Courts, clearly prove our point:

    1. Liberty Party, Unity Party, All Liberia Party and Alternative National Congress V. The National Elections Commission of Liberia, decided in 2017;

    2. Collaborating Opposition Political Parties (CPP) and Rainbow Coalition V. National Elections Commission, decided in 2020;

    3. Republic of Liberia V. Cllr. H. Varney G. Sherman et. al, decided in 2018;

    4. CPP and Rainbow Coalition V. National Elections Commission, decided in 2020

    15. The judgments reached by some of our Subordinate and Supreme Courts, the uncertainty and of our Courts’ judgment to deliberately wonder away from the pure construction and application of our Constitution and Statute, makes our people to wonder what if our courts have uniformly interpreted and applied our Laws instead of wondering distance away from same, what will happen and where the Republic of Liberia be by now when it comes to judicial independence and respectability, upheld without fear of favor;

    16. In Liberia since the National budget is absolutely and completely controlled and managed by the President, the Legislative and Judicial branches of the Government of Liberia are separate and co-equal only in name and on paper. This because the President if not okay, can always withhold funding;

    17. If our people desire to witness and have an independent and respected judiciary, then they must go to the polls in 2023 and vote out Mr. George Manneh Weah and his CDC-led Government entirely and replace him and his Government with a Government that loves Liberia and cares for our people ability to develop themselves and Liberia;

    18. For now, it appears to me that the CPP and Rainbow Coalition is the best alternative to CDC;

    19. The President, Vice President, Speaker, and key officials of the Government of Liberia must totally stay away from the opening and closing of the Subordinate and Supreme Courts. Their physical presence adds nothing to the reliability, trustworthiness and respectability of our Courts and at best robs our Courts of their Respect and credibility.

    20. The President, Vice President, Speaker, and Majority Leader of the Government of the United States don’t show-up and attend the opening and closing of the Supreme Court of the United States. This is because they respect the independence and credibility of the Supreme Court of the United States.

    The President and Vice President and other officials of the Government of Liberia must stop showing up during the opening and closing of the Supreme Court of Liberia and virtually doing nothing there.

    Their physical presence, only subtracts from the credibility, reliability, independence and respect of our Courts.

    Our people need a Government that brings credibility and respect to Liberia and them.

    The Supreme Court of the United States is remarkably different from the Supreme Court of Liberia because the United States Supreme Court uniformly decides all cases with clarity without fear or favor.

    • This is simple answer to your question, why is the supreme court different from that of Liberia supreme court, because those judges are well pay and and if, caught with corruption such as bribery they will be brought before house of representatives and senators for hearing if found guilty will bear the full weight by going to jail for x numbers of years, nobody above the laws in America, you must know the law better than I do that is the fact.

  17. Cllr. Jayweh,
    I am of the belief that most Liberian politicians are very, very corrupt. Given what has been revealed about Sherman, I am not surprised.

    Schools in Liberia:
    The construction of schools is not a function of the legislative branch of government. The Executive branch of government is charged with the responsibility of building schools. But in Liberia, lawmakers construct school buildings in their respective counties. If that’s not corruption, than I suppose I can built a mansion in the skies with rocks and get away with it.

    What galls me most is the fact that the money that’s used to construct schools is not the lawmakers’ private money, but rather taxpayers’ money or borrowed money.

    My gripe is simple. If you are going to blame Weah, you should blame Liberia’s lawmakers also. Why? Because the lawmakers of Liberia are the greediest and most corrupt people in the country. At a time when some students do not have their full set of textbooks, all the lawmakers of Liberia have been supplied with automobiles. Example, if the government spends $45,000 in order to buy an automobile for a “do-nothing/think-nothing” lawmaker, that same amount ($45,000) can be used to buy a set of brand new textbooks for a county like Gee! Why on earth should a lawmaker be given an automobile when the youth of the country are left in the mud? However, I have to make myself clear…..the practice of mistreating our youth is something that started before Weah became president.

    I don’t have any likeness or respect for the parties of Liberia. Whether they call themselves UP, CPP, ALP, CoP, ANC, DP. Qweepepee, EEE, SEE or whatever they call themselves, I stay clear of them because of their corrupt practices.

    With regard to Sherman, his butt will shake for a long time. The Liberian people cannot charge him because they are corrupt, spineless, weak, greedy and disorganized. This time around, Sherman will not deal with the Liberian people. Sherman and Uncle Sam will duke it out! I just can’t wait to see how his chin will be kicked.

  18. Grand Frere,

    You should begin to like the ANC!
    We (ANC) kick against all the ills you have enumerated above. We want to change them. We want to give a new orientation to the country. We want for the Liberian people to start to do things differently; like the rest of the world and not the Liberian way.

    We are closer to the USA in Africa than any other country and most of our so-called politicians have lived or schooled there, yet our lawmakers steal (not embezzle, its too good a word for them) and behave like a banana republic or like in a jungle. How can a senator be involved in public development in his county? Simply to steal because he knows the budget he had approved for the county.

    Senator Grupee is not even ashamed to rant about public – private investments. Where you voted to invest, Mr. Senator? You were voted in a pure oversight role and to vote appropriate and inherent laws.
    I would have loved to see village with electricity, pipe borne water and the road leading to to it paved. In fact, do you have a fitting home built for yourself in your village?
    You are running to the USA for medical checkup, why couldn’t you make legislative provisions for the upliftment of medical centers in Liberia?
    Grupee, eie kpleh kan!

    It had become a susu thing among lawmakers, where the other people will not conduct investigations in the doings of the others.

    It will always be possible to have an unpatriotic and lame dog executive like what we currently have that needs help over a stile. That’s why some of us are seriously ADVOCATING for the superintendent position to be an elected position with a developmental role. All counties should be free to decide and choose a development model, plan their economies by signing bilateral contracts with any states or municipalities and attracting investors from around the world.

    I want to be an elected superintendent of Nimba with development objective. I want to campaign on the ANC ticket with my development platform. I hate the Liberian susu or clan manner rulership.
    The 12 years of Ellen was a wasted time for some counties, the 6 years of Weah will also be a wasted time for many counties in Liberia. We need to put an end to selective political development.

    Things do not always stay the way they are. Change is always possible; it is gradually coming for Liberia!

  19. So-called lawyer and senator for Grand cape mount county, varney Sherman should had been arrested and brought to The unites states to be trail,for bribery before the high court, which is the supreme court of united states. He also robbed me and my brother George Mckarr when my late father Joseph Mckarr, who has had worked for(40 unbroken years) and retired January14,1977 from Firestone, Planations company Harbel,Liberia stating to the company labor relations manager John Samuels, for the benefits currencies split in two folds Liberian currency and the United states, the Liberian currency which has lesser value, both them shall the money and we left with little money.

  20. The money were shared between both man John Samuels, labor relations manager, there is no way you can go back and edit when mistake occur, while writing, I should had said shared instead of shall.

    Special note; Daily observer please, make room for one to edit the their sentences before posting for the reader

  21. Has so-called senator for grand cape mount county been arrested and brought to the United states? he’s an career criminal he and John Samuels, Firestones Planations company Harbel,Liberia Labor Relations managers ? They stole from me and my brother George Mckarr. During my late father death benefit from Firestone Planations Company, it was a difficult task to received the money after long and bitter argument between me and the company representative these two crocks I mentioned earliest was finally released In two folds The Liberian Currencies which has lesser value and the U.S currencies which has greater value. America please don’t release the sum for varney Sherman. If the federal doesn’t react, during my visit to Liberia sometimes lately this years,2021.

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