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

No James Franklin and Willie Taggart are not the most overrated

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Before we dig in, we have to add the caveat that CBS only spoke to “one-fifth of the 129 active coaches leading FBS teams entering the 2018 season,” which is roughly 25 coaches. This means we’re talking about 10 coaches that selected Franklin and Taggart — 40 percent of the poll, but less than 8 percent of the entire FBS head coaching census. Pick a different 25 coaches and you may get different results.But, still, this is the poll we have, and these are its results. And they’re just flat wrong.In his last two seasons at Vanderbilt, Franklin went a combined 18-8 (9-7 SEC), with back-to-back wins over Tennessee and back-to-back AP Top 25 final rankings. The last time before 2012-13 that Vanderbilt won 18 games over a 2-year period? Never. It had never happened before. The last time before 2012-13 that Vanderbilt beat Tennessee two years running? 1925-26.Franklin parlayed his unprecedented success at Vanderbilt into the Penn State job, where he took over a program still emerging from the Jerry Sandusky scandal and won the Big Ten in his third year. For an encore, he went 11-2 with a Fiesta Bowl win in 2017.Who did Franklin beat in Glendale? The most underrated coach in college football: Penn State 35, Washington 28.As for Taggart, this anonymous comment cuts to the heart of it:“I would say Willie Taggart at Florida State. He was only at Oregon for one year, and it’s not like he really transformed that program — and that’s a place that’s won for a long time. Not that he isn’t good — he’s won. But usually when you get a job like Florida State, it’s because you’ve won some championships or done something really amazing.”Taggart’s first job came at Western Kentucky, where in 2010 he inherited an 0-12 team working its way into FBS membership and in Years 2 and 3 produced consecutive 7-5 seasons. That success led him to South Florida, where he inherited a 3-9 Bulls club and had USF at 8-5 by Year 3 and 10-2 in Year 4. USF led him to Oregon, where, after inheriting a 4-8 squad, he went 7-5 in a mixed bag first season (the Ducks were 6-1 with starting quarterback Justin Herbert under center and 1-4 without him).Admittedly, leaving Oregon after one season isn’t a great look, but Florida State had its first job opening in four decades and targeted him, a Florida native and lifelong ‘Noles fan.What coach is passing up his dream job because the timing isn’t perfect?Three coaches — Shaw, Kirk Ferentz and Tom Herman — drew votes as the most underrated and overrated in the game. When combining that with the above, it’s impossible not to notice this unless you’re sticking your head in the sand:Also, James Franklin, Willie Taggart and David Shaw all getting singled out by peers as overrated among their 127 FBS colleagues? File that under “Things That Make You Go Hmmm.”— David Ubben (@davidubben) August 19, 2018Two final thoughts:1. Given the level of vitriol he seems to inspire with every breath the man breathes, it’s genuinely surprising Jim Harbaugh wasn’t among the top four vote getters for Most Overrated Coach.2. If I’m going critique the votes for Most Overrated Coach, it’s only fair that I offer a suggestion as to who should take Franklin and Taggart’s place at the top (or bottom?) of the poll. That’s easy: your favorite coach is easily the most overrated in the game. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. But some things are objectively ugly and some opinions are just flat out wrong — like, for instance, the 10 coaches that selected James Franklin or Willie Taggart as the most overrated in college football.CBS Sports published the latest installment of their annual Candid Coaches series on Sunday, asking approximately 25 active FBS head coaches to weigh in on the most overrated and underrated of their peers.David Shaw and Chris Petersen shared the honors as the most underrated coaches (12 percent apiece), followed by Dan Mullen, Pat Fitzgerald and Kyle Whittingham at 8 percent.Here’s how the most flip side of that poll shook out:last_img read more