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Chief Justice Lewis was an astute servant-Prez Sirleaf

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Former Chief Justice, Johnnie Lewis
Former Chief Justice, Johnnie Lewis

 ( 3, 2015)-President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf says former Chief Justice, Johnnie Lewis, was an astute public servant who served his country with distinction and admiration.
President Johnson-Sirleaf said: “The death of Justice Lewis is not only a major blow to the judicial system, but to the Government and people of Liberia.” 

“The vacuum created by the fallen Chief Justice would be difficult to fill, because his contributions to the Government and people of Liberia over the years were enormous,” she said.

President Johnson-Sirleaf made the assertion Monday, February 2, 2015 when she signed the Book of Condolence for Former Chief Justice Lewis at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.

The Liberian leader was accompanied at the Temple of Justice by members of the Cabinet to sign the book. At the same time, Vice President, Joseph Boakai, led by an array of Liberian Senators at the Temple of Justice, signed the Book of Condolence.

They called on members of the Judiciary, especially legal practitioners, to emulate the good example of the former Chief Justice.
Justice Lewis, Liberia’s 18th Chief Justice, died January 25, 2014 at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, following a protracted illness. Prior to his death, Justice Lewis was popularly referred to as a mentor of the Liberian judiciary.

Meanwhile, the body of the former Chief Justice will be removed from the Samuel Stryker Funeral Parlors Wednesday, February 4, 2015 and taken to the Temple of Justice for one hour of viewing.

It will later be conveyed to the St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Camp Johnson Road for a night of wake-keeping. On Thursday, February 5, the body will be taken to the Centennial Memorial Pavilion on Ashmun Street, in line with government’s official protocols.

Friday, February 6 the remains of Justice Lewis will be flown to his home county, Sinoe, for interment at the family’s grave site.


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