Grand Cape Mount County Senator Varney Sherman has requested the Plenary of the Liberian Senate to express a vote of confidence in him to continue to serve as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary.
Sherman’s request is the result of his criminal indictment occasioned by the Global Witness report that led some colleagues to be seeking his recusal from steering the Judicial Committee.
The Liberian Senate, following an extensive debate on the matter as requested by Sherman in a communication to the body Tuesday has, however, declined to take a vote on the matter, as an ensuing disagreement among Senators compelled Senate Pro-Tempore Armah Jallah to defer the discussion to Thursday.
It can be recalled that Sherman was indicted by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County along with House Speaker Alex Tyler and others for alleged economic sabotage, bribery, criminal solicitation, criminal facilitation, and criminal conspiracy.
Tyler, has since recused himself from presiding over the House of Representatives following intense pressure from a majority group of representatives, and Sherman’s request to his colleagues seems that the scuffle at the lower House is now having a ripple effect in the Senate.
In his communication, Sherman contended that his request for a vote of confidence has become necessary amidst the rumors and innuendoes which are spreading in the corridors of the Liberian Senate.
Having successfully represented the Senate before the Supreme Court of Liberia on at least two occasions, Sherman thinks that if the Senate at this time no longer has confidence in him he will relinquish the post.
He suggested to the body that if they still have confidence in him to serve as Chair of the Judiciary Committee, they should rather express it through an unequivocal vote of the Senate Plenary.
Meanwhile, several of the Senators, who took part in the debate, recommended that if Sherman desires to recuse himself from presiding over the committee, he should rather do that based upon his own conscience and not at the behest of the Senate.