- Akoto Ampaw has said that he is not one of the lawyers who believe they know better than the Supreme court
- His comments came after one of the justices, GertrudeTorkornoo, asked him whether he was instructing the court on what to do
- This occurred in court during one of his arguments on Thursday, February 18, 2020
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The Lead Counsel for the second respondent in the election petition case, Akoto Ampaw has admitted that he is not one of the lawyers who believe they know better than the judges.
His comments came after one of the justices, Gertrude Torkornoo, asked him whether he was instructing the court on what to do during one of his arguments on February 18, 2020
In response, Akoto Ampaw said: “No, I am not one of the lawyers who think that they know better than the court.
Meanwhile, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has described as troubling suggestions by the communication team of former President, John Dramani Mahama, in the ongoing election petition trial that Tsatsu Tsikata is brighter than all the justices hearing the case.
“…how can it be that the petitioner’s communication team…argues that the seven justices or the nine justices are always wrong in law and only Mr. Tsikata is the one who understands the law, knows the law and is therefore always right?” he asked. “It cannot be.”
The comments by the Information Minister-designate came on the back of accusations that the Supreme Court had a predetermined agenda against Mahama, the petitioner in the trial.
In other news, the Supreme Court has dismissed former President John Mahama’s application for review after the court rejected his motion to reopen his case.
“The application fails and is hereby dismissed,” the Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah stated in the ruling on Thursday, February 18, 2021.
Mahama wished to reopen his case to subpoena the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Jean Mensa, into the witness box for cross-examination.
But, the court dismissed that application.
The lawyers for the former president led by Tsatsu Tsikata disagreed with the court’s ruling and applied for a review.
After hours of arguments from counsel for both parties in the case and deliberations from the nine-member panel, the Chief Justice delivered the court’s ruling affirming its earlier decision that Jean Mensa cannot be forced to testify.
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