Supreme Court To Hear Scott, Family Members’ Guilty Verdict By: Yassah J Wright

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The Supreme Court of Liberia has assigned former Chief Justice Scott and three of her family members’ appeal argument on Tuesday, July 16, 2024. Accordingly, after the jurors had given their final verdict, the defense lawyers of former Chief Justice, Scott, Gertrude Newton, Rebecca Youdeh Wisner, and Alice Johnson, announced an appeal to the Supreme Court with the aim of taking advantage of the law.  Former Chief Justice Scott, Rebecca Youdeh Wisner, Alice Johnson and Gertrude Newton were also convicted on charges of murder, criminal conspiracy, and raising false alarms to law enforcement officers. During the trial, the defendants denied the allegations, and Cllr. Scott was the only witness testifying on behalf of the three others. She implicated the former Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee in orchestrating the attack and murder of Charloe Musu at her residence. On January 9, 2024, the Criminal Court ‘A’ Judge Roosevelt Z. Willie, sentenced to life imprisonment former Chief Justice, Gloria Musu-Scott, and three other family members after they were found guilty of the crimes of murder, criminal conspiracy, and raising a false alarm to law enforcement officers. her chest, right hand, left thigh, and left armpit, leading to her death and thereby committing the crime of murder.” However, they all pleaded not guilty to charges against them. The defense lawyers said the defendants are being wrongly accused of a crime they know nothing about and that the State has failed to go after the main perpetrators. According to Defense Lawyers continued to argue that the prosecution failed to adduce evidence beyond all reasonable doubts, however, the prosecution noted that its evidence and the circumstances surrounding the incident clearly show that Defendant Scott and three others are liable for the death of the later Charloe Musu. The final argument which drew the presence of key government officials saw a majority guilty verdict. Eleven of the jurors voted for a guilty verdict, and one voted for a not guilty verdict. “We, the trial jurors in the case, after careful consideration of the evidence, hereby carefully agree that the defendants are hereby judged guilty of the crime of murder, criminal conspiracy, and raising a false alarm to law enforcement officers. However, former Chief Justice Scott, 71, is now in jail, hoping to overturn the ruling on appeal from the high court of Liberia.

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