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Solicitor General Didn’t Temper With Jurors, Judge Says

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Criminal Court “A” Judge Roosevelt Willie has cleared Solicitor General Nyenti Tuan of allegation of jurors tempering in the murder trial of former Chief Gloria Musu-Scott and family.

Judge Willie took the decision on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 after conducting a two-week full scale investigation into the matter.

Handling down his ruling, the George said during the investigation all  witnesses including the Judiciary Securities, Jurors Manager, police officers and the Court Administrator of the Judiciary testified that the Solicitor General did not enter the jurors’ House neither did he interact with them.

He defined jurors tempering as improper communication with the jurors for the purpose of influencing them to bring verdict in one’s favor.

“Therefore, in the mind of this court, the Solicitor General did not temper with the jurors. And as such, the jurors cannot be disbanded.

“The jurors will be maintained in sequestration as the trial continues.”

After the Judge’s decision, Gloria Scott’s lawyers excepted to the ruling and announced an appeal to the Supreme Court of Liberia.

It has been an open discussion amongst lawyers of Cllr. Scott who saw the issue of the alleged jurors tempering as trump card to move the court to disband the jurors, thereby bringing the case to an abrupt end.

Cllr. Nyanti Tuan has maintained his innocent into the matter and told the Court that indeed, he visited the premises of the Temple of Justice on the day and date as stated in the Investigation Report along with some officers of the Liberia National Police but it was around 5:30-6:00pm but not 8:00pm.

According to the Solicitor General, he met with the Judiciary Security Services assigned at the gate and the Judiciary’s security escorted him (Tuan)  to interact with his officers assigned at the Jury Quarter but he did not interact neither did he interfere with any of the Jurors.

According to him, he wanted to advise his officers for them to be vigilant and careful in their duty at the Jury Quarter.

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