Lawyer Admits Bungling US$17K Case

first_imgIn a rare moment of candor, one of Madam Bindu Fatumata Dukuly’s attorneys, Jonathan Massaquoi, of Jones and Associates Law Firm, has admitted receiving US$700 for her appeal process, but failed to file the paperwork on time to the Supreme Court.The money was intended for the law firm to secure Madam Dukuly an appeal bond which would have completed the process and given the High Court the jurisdiction to review the 2013 judgment of the Civil Law Court in her “Cancellation of Lease Agreement for Fraud” case.That lawsuit was filed in early 2012 against two Indian businessmen, Upjit Singh Sachdeva, commonly known as Jetty, and Paul Raspal, general manager of Sethi Brothers.However, the Supreme Court last month dismissed the case and upheld the ruling of the lower court after it said the lawyer failed to perfect the appeal process within 60 days as required by law.Atty. Massaquoi, who addressed journalists recently at the Temple of Justice, stated that they lost the case at the High Court because of what he considered to be “negligence” on the part of the law firm.“I received US$700 immediately after we rejected Judge Kaba’s ruling, but the law firm could not file the paper work on time. We are to be blamed for what happened to her,” he further admitted.“All of us who were handling Madam Dukuly’s case were new lawyers. And we made the mistake because the senior lawyer, Cllr. Marcus Jones, who was taking care of the matter, was suspended by the Supreme Court for five years, while the case was ongoing,” said Atty. Massaquoi.Asked whether he knew how much was paid to his law firm, Atty. Massaquoi replied, “I’m innocent of any money being paid for the case. The only thing I did receive was US$700 as her appeal bond.”He continued, “I only heard that she paid US$16,000 to the law firm for her case. But I would admit that I did not see it and I did not eat a dime from it.”Giving further clarity on the US$700, Atty. Jonathan alleged that he paid the money to Medicare Insurance Company for the bond.“After paying the money, the company gave us a provisional bond, because they had not received a new bank statement,” he stated.“Unfortunately, when I brought the bond to Cllr. Jones, he told me that if we were to present it the other lawyer would have rejected it and the money would have been a waste. So I took it back,” Atty. Massaquoi said.Later they took back the bond and were provided with the original one, he said.“By that time we had already missed the 60-day deadline. We had gone an additional five days (past the deadline),” he acknowledged.After the defense lawyer, Cllr. Cooper Kurah, noticed that the sixty (60) days had expired, he then filed a motion to dismiss the case at the Supreme Court.“It was a harmless error and it was not intentional.  I must admit we did not observer the time. It was negligence on our part,” Massaquoi reiterated.His confession comes after Madam Dukuly threatened to file a complaint against the firm to the Grievance and Ethics Committee for mishandling her case.The case began when Madam Dukuly, in early 2012, hired the services of Jones and Associates to file a lawsuit for “Cancellation of Lease Agreement for Fraud,” between her and two Indian businessmen, Upjit Singh Sachdeva, (Jetty), and Paul Raspal, at the Civil Law Court.Judge Yussif Kaba, in 2013, denied and ruled against their client Madam Dukuly and they announced an appeal.Her lawyers were pushing for the court to cancel a 20-year lease agreement between Madam Dukuly, Raspal and Jeety because of alleged fraud, although she had received US$62,500, as part payment for the first five years.The property at the center of the dispute is a storey building and a lot located in Mamba Point, Monrovia. Madam Dukuly currently resides in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ranieri lined up as Roma sack Di Francesco after UCL flop

first_img0Shares0000Eusebio Di Francesco took over as Roma coach in June 2017 © AFP/File / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAMILAN, Italy, Mar 7 – Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked as Roma coach after the team crashed out of the Champions League, the Italian club confirmed on Thursday, with former boss Claudio Ranieri tipped to replace him.Roma had taken a 2-1 advantage to Porto for the second leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday but fell 4-3 on aggregate after a controversial penalty awarded following a VAR review deep into extra time. “AS Roma can confirm head coach Eusebio Di Francesco has left the club with immediate effect,” the team said in a statement.“The club would like to thank Eusebio for his work during his time at AS Roma and wish him success in the future.”An urgent meeting had been called on Thursday afternoon in Rome between the club’s top officials to discuss Di Francesco’s future.Club president Jim Pallotta later said: “On behalf of myself and everyone at AS Roma, I’d like to thank Eusebio for his work and his commitment.“Since returning to the club, Eusebio has always acted professionally and put the club’s needs ahead of his own. We all wish him well for the future.”Former Sassuolo boss Di Francesco took over in June 2017.A former Roma midfielder, he had helped the team to their last Serie A title as a player in 2001.The 49-year-old led Roma to the Champions League semi-finals last season for the first time since 1984, following an epic 3-0 comeback against Barcelona in the quarter-finals.“Di Francesco will remain the coach who took Roma to the Champions League semi-finals after who knows how many years and he deserves credit for that,” said captain Daniele De Rossi.“I know this isn’t our best season and the job of a coach will always be tied to results.”The club finished third last season but this campaign has been marked by struggles with Di Francesco apologising to fans but refusing to resign after a humiliating 7-1 defeat to Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals last month.Roma are now fifth in Serie A, three points off the Champions League berths for next season, after falling 3-0 last weekend to bitter city rivals Lazio.– Ranieri ‘ready’ –Claudio Ranieri was axed as Fulham manager with the club 10 points adrift of safety in the Premier League © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONRanieri, who memorably guided Leicester City to the 2016 Premier League title before being sacked the following season, coached Roma from September 2009 to February 2011.The 67-year-old Italian’s brief spell as manager of Premier League strugglers Fulham ended last month after only four months in charge.“Ranieri is ready,” wrote Gazzetta Dello Sport, adding that the former Roma boss was expected to travel to the Italian capital from London by Friday at the latest.Other reported contenders are former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and his Stamford Bridge successor Maurizio Sarri.Ranieri has had a long coaching career in Italy with clubs including Juventus, Inter Milan and Napoli. He coached French club Nantes before taking over at Fulham in November 2018, only to be sacked on February 28.During his time in charge of Roma he oversaw 84 matches — winning 47, with 16 draws and 21 defeats.Di Francesco has coached Roma for 87 games with 46 victories, 18 draws and 23 defeats.The Champions League exit however was the final straw for American businessman Pallotta who had raged at VAR after the defeat.The tie hinged on a decision by Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir to point to the spot late in extra time upon reviewing an incident in which Alessandro Florenzi hauled back Porto forward Fernando.Alex Telles converted the spot-kick, and Roma were then denied a penalty at the other end following a review, after Patrik Schick tumbled to the ground.“Last year we asked for VAR in the Champions League because we got screwed in the semi-final and tonight, they’ve got VAR and we still get robbed,” said Pallotta on Twitter.“Patrik Schick was clearly clipped in the box, VAR shows it, and nothing is given. I’m tired of this crap. I give up.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more