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Members of the House of Representatives remained defiance against a Supreme Court stay order to halt further impeachment proceedings against Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh.

On Saturday, August 18, the defiant lawmakers held a special legislative session behind closed door to discuss the subject.

Information gathered by this paper indicates that about 37 of the 73 members of the House of Representatives are ready to sign the impeachment bill to oust Associate Justice Ja’neh from the Supreme Court bench.

The ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Representatives Acarous Gray and Thomas Fallah earlier petitioned the House to impeach Justice Ja’neh on allegation of proved misconduct, abuse of public office, wanton abuse of judicial discretion, fraud, misuse of power and corruption.

But following a closed door session on Capitol Hill on Saturday, the leadership of the House declined to give update about the executive session.

House Speaker Bhofal Chambers is said to have further summoned the lawmakers at his GSA Road residence to further discuss the matter.

Lawyers representing Justice Ja’neh have petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of prohibition against the lawmakers’ action.

But the lawmakers have rejected a stay order issued by Justice in Chambers, Associate Justice Sie-A-Nyene G. Yuoh in which she notified the House to appear in her chambers on 18 August.

The Justice in Chambers had instructed that the lawmakers appear to show cause why the writ of prohibition sought by Justice Ja’neh against his impeachment should not be granted.

The lawmakers are saying that they do not work at the will and pleasure of the Supreme Court or the judiciary branch of government, citing alleged constitutional breach.

By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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