Feature Article of Friday, 18 January 2013
Columnist: Bonsu, Akua
In Los Angeles, California a college student had an altercation on campus and ended up breaking the nose of his adversary. In the criminal case the jury returned a verdict of not guilty because the victim had, according to witnesses, started the fight and had also visited some injuries on the accused albeit minor ones. Still not satisfied, the victim sued Bradley for damages because the latter’s father swims in money. The angered father decides to be joined to the suit on the basis that the defendant lives in his house, goes to school on his account, and literally breathes from air that he the father purchases.
The courts had one simple advice to the father: “since you pay for everything for the defendant, why don’t you also pay for his defense – we don’t mind. But stay the hell out of this courtroom.”
I am sure both sides can produce previous cases to buttress their point as to whether the NDC can join in the Supreme Court petition by the NPP challenging the EC’s declaration of John Dramani Mahama as president. In the final analysis, however, it is simply childish for anyone to step up and ask to be sued.
Yes, the NDC sponsored JDM. It decides whom he should appoint as ministers; it decides what food he eats in his new domicile of the Jubilee House changed to the slave trade reminding Flagstaff House; the NDC buys his underwear, and even decides the number of additional women JDM should have children with.
So the message here is also simple: “since you pay for everything for the defendant, why don’t you also pay for his defense – we don’t mind. But stay the hell out of this courtroom.”