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Supreme Court Denies Tyler's Prohibition Request
By Ballah Kollie

MONROVIA, August 23 (LINA) – Supreme Court Justice-in-Chambers Jamesetta Howard Wolokolie has declined to issue the ‘Writ of Prohibition’ requested by House Speaker J. Alex Tyler against majority members of the House who are not attending sessions under his gavel.

In a communication dated August 23, addressed to Cllr. Arthur Johnson, the Clerk of the Supreme Court wrote: “By directive of her honor Jamesetta Howard Wolokolie, Associate Justice presiding in Chambers, you are hereby informed that Justice Wolokolie has declined to issue the writ as prayed for.”

Cllr. Johnson is the legal counsel representing the majority members of the House of Representatives who are calling on Speaker Tyler to recuse himself from presiding over session amidst his recent criminal indictment by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County.

Justice Wolokolie’s decision to decline issuance of the writ of prohibition follows a conference held with the legal counsels of both sides in the chambers of the high court on Monday, August 22.

It can be recalled that on Friday, August 12, Speaker Tyler filed a petition for prohibition against some members of the House of Representatives led by Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue for “boycotting of Legislative sessions on grounds that he, Tyler, has been indicted and should therefore recuse himself from presiding as

Since the filling of the motion for recusal on the floor of the plenary, Tyler has held on as presiding officer, causing Deputy Speaker Barchue and his majority group to conduct sessions in the joint chambers of the National Legislature.

The action by Justice Wolokolie indicates that Barchue and his group will continue to conduct themselves in the manner that preceded the filling of the writ of prohibition which their legal counsel Arthur Johnson views as a “victory.”

Johnson told the Liberia News Agency that while the decision by his client (Barchue) is political, “it most importantly was intended to safeguard the integrity of the honorable House of Representatives.”



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