By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
MAURICE Glinton, QC, was fined $15,000 on Monday morning for his words and actions during an extradition appeal that he contended were not contemptuous.
The court's alternative punishment for the contempt conviction is 14 days imprisonment at the Department of Correctional Services for failure to pay within 14 days of conviction.
The contempt issue arose when Mr Glinton refused to continue representing three men fighting extradition to the United States while Justice Abdulai Conteh presided over the matter despite meeting the constitutional age of retirement.
“I do not want to hear such a childish proposition,” Mr Glinton said on September 28 to Justice Anita Allen, Court of Appeal president, when informed that Justice Conteh, 70, had received a legal extension allowing him to remain on the bench.
Mr Glinton has been found guilty of contempt by Court of Appeal judges for his tone and conduct before the court on that day and for failing to appear for a hearing on October 9 over actions of disrobing before the court when the court ruled for the extradition matter to proceed.
When asked by Justice Allen if he had anything to say before sentence was passed on him, Mr Glinton said: “I've said all I wished to say on October 19.”
See Tuesday’s Tribune for full details.