…S/Court Blasts Aspirant’s Lawyers
The Supreme Court of Liberia has told lawyers representing rejected representative aspirant Abu Kamara that they are undermining the Code of Conduct.
At a hearing before the Full Bench of the High Court Tuesday, July 11, 2017, Chief Justice Francis Korkpor said the legal team for aspirant Kamara was proceeding wrongly because they are aware that the Code of Conduct is a law.
Justice Korkpor told Kamara’s lawyers, led by Cllr Arthur Johnson, that they failed to advise their client to do the right thing before filing appeal at the Supreme Court of Liberia.
The Chief Justice maintained that Cllr. Johnson and other members of the legal team should have asked their client to resign from his position as Assistant Minister for Administration before going into the race to contest as representative in the upcoming October elections.
Chief Justice said the Code of Conduct was passed in March 2014, about three (3) years to the October 2017 Elections.
“Cllr. Arthur Johnson, you are part of the Supreme Court Bar and the court ruled on this Code of Conduct as a law of this nation and you are undermining the law by not advising your client?”Korkpor frowned.
He called on counselors to proceed properly with their cases, because many people are looking at the reputation of court, especially the Supreme Court of Liberia.
The Chief Justice’s comments come after lawyers for both parties presented their argument in the case.
However, he warned the National Elections Commission against proceeding wrongly by not according the parties due process.
In view of the argument, Justice Korkpor reserved the ruling pending notice of assignment.