On February 25, 2015, the grand jury for Montserrado County thru private prosecutor Marcus Toweh indicted with the crime of Criminal Mischief defendants Priscilla S. Cisco and Laifa Karr in relations to land dispute.
The disputes surrounded a land space of more than four acres of land in the Johnsonville Township, lower Montserrado County.
During his ruling into the case: “Republic of Liberia by and thru Marcus Toweh prosecutor, versus Priscilla S. Cisco and Laifa Karr defense”, the Criminal Court C Judge handed down a guilty verdict against the accused with a 3-year jail sentence and ordered the turnover of a pickup under dispute to the prosecutor.
The Criminal Court “C”Judge’s decision was challenged at the high court by the defendants because according to them, Judge Dixon’s ruling was outside the law.
After a period of legal rigmarole, the Supreme Court on Friday January 22, 2016 rendered an opinion in favor of the defense.
Reading the opinion, Associate Justice, Sie- A Nyene Youh, emphasized that the action of the judge has no legal backing.
“The judge’s verdict was without the backing of the laws and is fined USD$250 to be paid within 24 hours into government revenue and receipts submitted to the Marshall of the Court,” Justice Youh stated.
Justice Youh mentioned although the Court takes no exception to the guilty verdict of the trial judge in the proceedings, the judge has no legal authority under the law to execute such action.
“The judge erred in said action, as this is unsupported by law and the case is rescheduled for a new trail,” she said.