Justice Ja’neh Returns to Supreme Court

first_imgAssociate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh fate to be decided on Thursday, February 14, 2019.Months after majority members of the House of Representatives unanimously voted to impeach Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, he is back at work on the Supreme Court Bench. He had earlier recused himself from sitting on the case following his filing of a Writ of Prohibition before the Supreme Court. In the wake of his recusal an ad hoc Justice, Boima Kontoe, was appointed to replace him. However, his Writ of prohibition against the House of Representatives   was denied but nevertheless, Ja’neh is now back at work on the Supreme Court Bench.Justice Ja’neh yesterday was seated on the bench of the Supreme Court along with three of the five justices that included Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor, Justices Joseph Nagbe and Sie-A- Nyene G. Yuoh that entertained final arguments into a complaint filed by some 500 redundant employees of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) to review the judgment of the National Labour Court.The employees had earlier filed an “Action of Unfair Labor Practices “against the LPRC, but the court ruled in favor of the LPRC.In the lawyers’ petition to impeach Justice Ja’neh, they accused him of both allegedly “committing serious official misconduct by engaging in a wanton and unsavory exercise of his judicial discretion far exceeding the bounds of elementary judicial interpretation of issues simply to satisfy his personal ego.”The lawmakers also sought to impeach Ja’neh for what they termed as “proved misconduct, gross breach of duty, inability to perform the functions of his office by allegedly allowing justice to be served where it belongs no matter the status of the party affected.”They reached the decision on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, following the submission of an ad-hoc committees report to its plenary. Plenary is the highest decision-making body of the Legislature.Both Representatives Acarous Gray (District 8, Montserrado County) and Thomas Fallah (District 5, Montserrado County) were said to be advocates of the petition.The status of the impeachment remains a mystery, although the matter was since transferred to the Senate to commence Ja’neh’s impeachment trial.At yesterday’s hearing, Ja’neh was seen actively participating in the arguments and was also spotted on numerous occasions holding discussions with Chief Justice Korkpor, who in recent times had appeared to have been one of the justices that was behind his impeachment.Ruling on the matter yesterday was later postponed to an unannounced date by the Chief Justice. Ja’neh is one of the Supreme Court’s oldest justices and has previously survived an impeachment.At this point it remains unclear whether the impeachment of Justice Ja’neh has run aground as his appearance on the Supreme Court Bench appears to suggest. However it may be recalled that on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, the Petition for a Bill of Impeachment together with a motion proffered by Grand Kru County District #1 Representative Nathaniel Barway, received a favorable vote in the House of Representatives. Shortly afterward, Speaker Chambers set up an 8-man Ad-Hoc Committee to review the Impeachment Bill as well as the write-up of the proceedings.That committee was given three weeks as of July 17, 2018, to begin work and report to Plenary. The committee is chaired by Gbarpolu County District #2 Representative Kannie Wesso and co-chaired by Bong County District #5 Representative Edward Karfiah.Others were Representatives Dickson Seboe of District 16, Montserrado County; Jeremiah Koung of District 1, Nimba County; Dr. Isaac Roland of District 3, Maryland County; Clarence Gahr of District 5, Margibi County; and Rustonlyn S. Dennis of District 4, Montserrado County.While waiting for the expiration of the three-week ultimatum for Speaker Chambers to start Justice Ja’neh’s impeachment debate, Justice Yuoh mandated them to stay all further proceedings in the matter.On July 17, 2018, a petition signed by the acting chairman of the CDC in the House of Representatives for Montserrado County, Rep. Thomas P. Fallah of District #5, and Rep. Acarous Gray of District #8, a staunched member of the CDC, called for Justice Ja’neh’s impeachment.The pair argued that Ja’neh should be impeached and removed from the Supreme Court on grounds of “proven misconduct, abuse of public office, wanton abuse of judicial discretion, fraud, misuse of power and corruption.”Article 43 provides that “the power to prepare a bill of impeachment is vested solely in the House of Representatives, and the power to try all impeachments is vested solely in the Senate…”The Bill of ImpeachmentIn the Bill of Impeachment submitted by the Special Committee set up by the Speaker, the Committee, among other things, found that there was probable cause for the impeachment of Associate Justice Ja’neh for official misconduct because his intention is nothing more than putting the House of Representatives at loggerhead with the Supreme Court and engender an unnecessary confrontation between both branches of government and maliciously expose the House to public ridicule.The lawmakers accused Ja’neh of stealing information (minutes) from a meeting held by an ad hoc committee chaired by Representative Kanie Wesso, Co-chair on Judiciary that drafted the rules and procedure that led to his impeachment.Excerpt of the Committee’s report: “Theft of records: The Special Committee found that there is probable cause for the impeachment of the respondent, Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh for reasons of officials misconduct because the records which were not in the public domain was attached to the rate of prohibition and as such he must be made to show how these records came into his possession.”The Bill of Impeachment also called for the suspension of Associate Justice Ja’neh from the full bench during the impeachment proceedings by the House of Senate but should be allowed his salary, benefit and other emoluments.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fit-again Seamus Coleman and Robbie Brady return to Republic of Ireland squad

first_imgSeamus Coleman and Robbie Brady are back in the Republic of Ireland squad for upcoming matches against Northern Ireland and Denmark following their return to fitness.Everton full-back Coleman missed last month’s Nations League double-header against Denmark and Wales with a stress fracture in his foot, while Burnley midfielder Brady is two games into his comeback from a serious knee injury which sidelined him for almost 11 months. Glenn Whelan is set to make what is likely his last appearance in a Rep of Ireland shirt But both players, two of the stars of the Republic’s Euro 2016 finals campaign, have been included in a 36-strong provisional squad for the friendly against Northern Ireland and UEFA Nations League clash against the Danes later this month.But there is no place for West Ham’s Declan Rice, amid claims he is ready to opt for England.Defender Stephen Ward and striker Jonathan Walters will also miss out once again due to respective knee and Achilles problems.There is also a place for 34-year-old Aston Villa midfielder Glenn Whelan, who will captain the team against Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on November 15 in what is likely to be his 85th and last senior appearance for his country as he will not travel to Denmark. O’Neill has included four new faces in his provisional party, with Liverpool keeper Caoimhin Kelleher, Under-21 internationals Jimmy Dunne and Ryan Manning and 18-year-old Southampton striker Michael Obafemi all hoping to make the cut.Ireland head into the two games having won only once in nine outings in all competitions and knowing they will be relegated from Nations League B, Group 4 before they arrive in Aarhus if Denmark return from Wales with anything to show for their efforts.A failure to secure a victory from the five competitive games since their side won a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff in October last year has left a question mark over O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane, who have been at the helm for five years.However, the manager remains confident he can guide the nation to the Euro 2020 finals.Provisional Republic of Ireland squad:Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Colin Doyle (Hearts), Seam McDermott (Kristiansund), Caoimhim Kelleher (Liverpool), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolves), Richard Keogh (Derby), Shane Duffy (Brighton), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle), Kevin Long (Burnley), Jimmy Dunne (Hearts), John Egan, Enda Stevens (both Sheffield United), Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams (both Blackburn), Greg Cunningham (Cardiff), Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick (both Burnley), Harry Arter (Cardiff), Conor Hourihane, Glenn Whelan (both Aston Villa), David Meyler (Reading), Alan Browne (Preston), Shaun Williams (Millwall), Richie Towell, Ryan Manning (both Rotherham), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke), Shane Long, Michael Obafemi (both Southampton), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson (both Preston), Aiden O’Brien (Millwall), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth). Seamus Coleman and Robbie Brady have returned to the Republic of Ireland squad after injury 2 2last_img read more