Chief Justice Frowns On Lawyers…In Senatorial Election Protest
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia has frowned on three lawyers for delaying in filing of their respective briefs to a motion to dismiss an Appeal in the disputed 2014 Maryland County Senatorial election.
The three lawyers whom Justice Korkpor frowned on are Cllr. Albert Sims, Cllr. NegbaSnouh and Cllr. Joseph Blidi of the National Elections Commission (NEC).
The special election was contested by Representative Bhofal Chambers of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) and J. Grebo Brown of the ruling Unity Party (UP), who was declared winner by the National Elections Commission (NEC).
At the call of the case on the motion to dismiss the Appeal and Bill of Exception on Monday, Justice Francis S. Korkpor asked Cllr. Albert Sims, who represented the legal interest of Brown whether he had filed his brief, which contained the relevant law citations upon which the court could rely upon to make final determination.
Cllr. Sims answered the question in the negative which prompted Justice Korkpor announcing that the court cannot hear the arguments on appeal in the absence of the briefs.
Chief Justice Korkpor noted that cases of election-related matters should be handled expeditiously, adding, “I am happy that your party litigants and the press are here; they will know where the delays are.”
However, besides their failure to file their briefs, one of the issues raised by Gbebo Brown’s lawyer, was that Representative Chambers did not sign the Bill of Exception in keeping with law.
The CDC Senatorial contestant, Representative Chambers took exception to the result and went to the Supreme Court on a petition for a Writ of Prohibition to prohibit the NEC from certificating candidate Brown on grounds of election fraud and irregularities.
However, the Supreme Court is expected to hear the case on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 9: 00 a.m.