The remaining 12 persons detained in connection with a violent protest that damaged millions of United States dollars worth of properties at the ArcelorMittal concession area in Nimba County, may likely be temporarily freed, if their request for bail is accepted by Judge Boima Kontoe.Cllr. Kontoe is the presiding judge of the Saniquellie Criminal Court in Nimba County, where the crimes were committed.ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company operating in the country.The 12 were among 41 persons who were directly involved in the riots and were subsequently released on bail.They were charged in early July 2014 with multiple charges, including rioting and armed robbery.In their request for bail, the defense lawyers argued that there is no physical evidence or probable cause to believe that the crime charged were committed and the defendants were the people who committed the crime.The defense lawyers further argued that prosecutors failed to display the confiscated arms as physical evidence.According to the defense lawyers, since there is not enough evidence, the court should grant their clients bail, so that they may be temporarily released from further detention at the Monrovia Central Prison.However, prosecutors, in counter argument, maintained that enough probable cause exists to require the court to bind the 12 defendants over to the grand jury (that is, for their cases to go to a grand jury).And the request for bail must be denied, because the crimes they were charged with are capital offenses and are non-bailable ones.Under the law, a suspect is usually allowed to get out of jail by posting bail unless he or she is accused of a capital crime.A capital crime is a crime such as murder, rape, or armed robbery that is punishable by long prison sentences, life imprisonment, or death. Bail, or surety, is generally denied by the courts for defendants accused of these types of crime. In many cases, bail is also denied if the defendant is a repeat offender or if the crime is a violent one. Also, bail is a certain amount of money or property value that must be posted with the court. By posting bail, a suspect can avoid having to wait in jail until his or her trial. The money or property is a guarantee that the accused will appear in court for each required court appearance and for the trial.Judge Kontoe will this week decide whether enough evidence has been presented by the prosecution to establish sufficient probable cause to deny the bond request; or whether there exists no evidence to have the defendants’ bail denied.The defendants are accused of setting ablaze the properties of ArcelorMittal, including several pieces of mining equipment, a locomotive train, and made away with several valuable items.They were said to have fled to several hideouts, including their homes where they were arrested by officers of the Liberia National Police to undergo investigation in keeping with law.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Justin Blackmon was profiled today on The Ringer by Jordan Ritter Conn. Conn is a dog so I knew the story would be great (and it was). Blackmon is portrayed as a bit of a tortured, lost soul by Conn who went to Oklahoma for a week to talk to Mike Gundy and others who knew Blackmon.The entire thing is sad and great, but this was probably the most heartbreaking part.That January the Cowboys traveled to Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl, where they beat Stanford, 41–38. Afterward, Gundy and Blackmon sat together at a podium for a postgame presser, and for a moment together, they laughed, an image captured by a photographer and now plastered on a wall in Boone Pickens Stadium.Gundy thinks often of that moment, the two of them lingering there, enjoying one of the biggest wins of either of their careers. Soon the press conference ended and they walked away from the podium, each one whisked away to various other postgame responsibilities. “Maybe,” says Gundy, “I should have gone to him and said something. ‘I’ll see you soon.’ Something like that.” Gundy hasn’t seen him since.It’s also very clear (as if it wasn’t before) that Blackmon has issues with alcohol.While we were talking, the bar’s manager, Gigi Powell, approached our table and asked me, “Are you taking notes?” When I told her I was, she looked to my notepad, then to my eyes. “I have kicked him out of this bar three times,” she said. “We have been in here just screaming at each other. And every single time, he has walked in the next day, and he has come up to me, and he has said, ‘I am so sorry.’ Every time.” Then she paused, and before she returned to the bar, she looked at me and she smiled and she said, “If you write a single bad word about him, I swear — I will find you.”The whole thing is intense and intensely glum. One of the all-time greats who might have been the only one who didn’t care that he was an all-time great. It’s an important read though. One that stirs memories and brings hope, if only by revealing what was lost.Go give it a read. And stay until the very end. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.