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Judge Charges City Solicitor With Contempt

By David Pamas Seedee, LINA Bomi County Correspondent

TUBMANBURG, July 4 (LINA)  - Judge William Sando of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Bomi County  has charged Senior City Solicitor, D. Stephen Williams of the Tubmanburg Magisterial Court, with Contempt for profanity in open court on Friday.

Judge Sando took the decision during hearing in three summary proceeding cases brought before the court by the county prosecutors headed by Bomi County Attorney Juma Karnley against the Magistrates of the Tubmanburg Magisterial Court.

He noted that the action of Solicitor Williams has brought the honorable court to public disrepute and, as such, the City Solicitor will be detained for 48 hours at the Tubmanburg Central Prison or pay a fine US$100 into government revenue.

Meanwhile, the three Summary Proceeding Cases brought against Magistrates Zwunnah Dakoi, Wamah Boakai and Calvin Kamara were denied and dismissed by Judge Sando, noting that the magistrates’ decision was in line with law.

The Prosecutors, Attorney Juma Karnley, City Solicitors Nehemaih Cuffy and Stephen Williams complained to the court that the three magistrates changed the charge of “Simple Assault” issued by the Magisterial Court to “Disorderly Conduct” during the hearing of the cases.

They also claimed that the magistrates on occasions take actions that are demanded the Prosecutors to give events brought before the court for safekeeping, among others, terming it as “not legally prudent.”

In his ruling, Judge Sando said as a Grand Juror of the Magisterial Court, the magistrate has the right to change a charge if he/she feels that the charge is not connected to the crime.

He further said it is the responsibility of the magistrate to keep events brought before the court during the hearing of a case and not the Judge or the Prosecutors.

The Prosecutors accepted the rulings.

LINA DPS/PSN/PTK

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