Commissioner Juyle Commends SRC

first_imgThe Commissioner of Cinta Township in Gibi District, Upper Margibi County, William Julye, has commended the management of the Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC) for living up to its corporate social responsibility. According to him, in the face of the numerous challenges, the SRC is honoring its “Corporate Social Responsibility by undertaking development initiatives, such as the construction of roads, bridges, schools, community latrines, hand pumps, renovation and furnishing of public schools, distribution of rice and cash as gifts to community members within the concession area.He also condemned in the strongest term, the most recent violent activity carried out against the SRC allegedly by some unnamed citizens, which he described as “uncivilized to instill fear in the minds of investors.”He said it was not right, and as such, has the propensity to scare away investors in the country.Commissioner Julye said as Commissioner of Cinta Township, he plays the role of a “mother of twins” and as such will not say or do anything that will exacerbate or sour the relationship between his citizens and the management of the SRC. Meanwhile, Commissioner Juyle has denied recent media reports linking him to a purported statement that accuses SRC Management of “harassing and intimidating residents of the township over land issues in his area.”According to Commissioner Julye, although he granted an interview to a reporter, he vehemently denied telling any reporter that the SRC does not have a genuine concession agreement with the Government of Liberia. His SRC’s denial was contained in a statement he issued over the weekend, and quoted by Liberia News Agency (LINA) Margibi County correspondent, Richard Baysah. “I did not say the SRC Management used any law enforcement officer, or court constables to harass, and intimidate citizens under my administration, or used bulldozers to clear their farm land to expand the plantation,” he said.It may be recalled that on March 5, two local dailies reported that “Citizens Demand Proof for Land, as SRC expands plantation,” quoting Commissioner Julye accusing the SRC of using bulldozers to clear farm lands belonging to locals and plant rubber under its expansion program. Commissioner Juyle categorically denied the accusation during an interview with reporters over the weekend and said there has been an existing concession agreement dating as far back as the mid-1950s between the management and the Liberian Government. He remembered how his parents had worked with the SRC since the agreement came into being and up to present his mother receives a pension from the management.For its part, SRC management maintained that it has operated within the confines of its August 1, 1959, concession agreement with the Liberian Government.According to the management, it has paid due compensation for crops destroyed over the years in the process of developing the undeveloped portion of its concession land granted by the government.It denied ever acquiring additional lands from private individuals, or groups, and that the entire surface area of its concession granted by the GOL is 21,080 acres.SRC management further maintained that in view of the Ministry of Agriculture’s August 20, 2012, price list for economic crop damaged during development projects, and such damage to crops being inherent in its new development operations in undeveloped portions of its concession area encroached on by local residents, it is constrained to halt all of its intended new development activities until such matter is peacefully settled.At the moment, SRC is only felling non-productive rubber trees and replanting on the same land, and emphatically rejected contrary allegations of encroachment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Criminal Lawyer Jason Doe Solves: The Case of the Complicated Defendant

first_imgIt was the third week of the trial metropolitan newspapers described as “The Case of the Lonely Daughter,” since the accused was not only the daughter of the decedent, but was also the defendant. The preliminary trial was going the way of the prosecutor until the leading witness was called.John Peah was the third prosecution witness who seemed to have what was needed to lay the case on the accused. When he was called to the stand, he stated that he knew Elizabeth Davis and the now decedent, Willie Davis, having been invited to the couple’s home by Adele Davis to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. He had, on the sixth day of December, visited the decedent’s house and he was much alive and healthy as well. He had spent several hours with them and had been well fed. He enjoyed his visit and later, he asked permission to leave. The couple had suggested he should wait a little while and they had returned to their bedroom, or one of the rooms he considered to be their bedroom. After some minutes, he said he heard noises, in what he thought was an argument between the couple, which was followed by what he realized was a gunshot. He then rushed to the room only to find his benefactor slumped on the ground, and it was then that his daughter Adele Davis, the defendant in the case, approached him with US$5, 000 to say nothing about the incident. He also testified that Mrs. Davis, who was also present in the house, shielded 26 year old Adele Davis, adding that both mother and daughter connived to kill the father.He further testified that Adele Davis was drunk; and when Mrs. Davis saw him, she snatched the murder weapon from Adele’s hands and broke down in tears, suggesting that the motive for Mr. Davis’ death was the allegation that his child from another relationship, said to be his most adorable, stands to inherit from him huge properties in Monrovia. Prosecutor Robert Duo grinned. Turning to the defense table, he said: “Your witness,” and ambled his way to his seat.Defense Counsel Jason Doe frowned at the prosecution’s instruction and strolled leisurely to the witness.“What time did you arrive at the house?”“About 3 p.m.”“The couple invited you?”“Yes.”“And the wife and husband were extremely glad you could come?”“Yes,” the witness smiled, and said. “They were happy I could visit with them at their house.”“Did you notice the presence of Adele Davis?” the lawyer asked, his eyes narrowing.“Not at the time I arrived,” the witness said, “until when I heard the argument.”“But there was no indication of any misunderstanding between the couple and the daughter initially?”“Absolutely not!”“That’s as far as you were concerned?”“Yes.”“How long did you stay with them?”The witness hesitated and said, “At least 30 minutes.”“And so you told them it was time for you to leave?” the lawyer said. “But then they wanted you to wait?”“Yes.”“The couple proceeded into what you considered to be their bedroom?”“Yes.”“It did not take that long before there was a heated argument?”“Yes.”“I think there…”“Don’t tell me what you think,” the lawyer said, “tell me what you saw.”“Well,” the witness said a bit irritated, “they cussed each other.”The lawyer was thoughtful for nearly a minute, then said, “Be specific. What clearly did you see?”Suddenly, the prosecutor was on his feet, with an objection:“Counsel is browbeating the witness to get him confuse the timeline of events.”Judge Bendu Smith looked down on defense Counsel Doe, and said, “Why does the prosecutor say so?”“The events that culminated to the murder of the decedent are all clear to this minute,” the prosecutor said, “and so I strongly hold the belief that there is no need for counsel to put too much emphasis on the timeline of the murder.”With a smile, the judge said, “This is a serious observation, but the Court wants to ensure total fairness in this process and therefore will give counsel every support in the process.”“Thank you, My Lord,” the prosecutor said with a bow, “I thought I had to make that clarification.” “And I think,” Judge Smith went on with expected contempt in her voice, “you did that fairly well and the court takes a different view on your position and wants to stipulate that under no circumstance should the prosecutor assume that he has a responsibility to educate the court on the management of thetrial.”The prosecutor bowed in submission and there was a murmur among the spectators, which was evidently a blow to his presentation.The judge turned to Jason Doe and indicated, “You may continue, counselor.”The lawyer frowned, and with a smile, decided to change his line of questioning, not as a result of the prosecution’s overzealousness but rather to pursue a point of fact he had observed could help his case to bring out the corpus dilecti; that is to say, the body of the crime, which he had observed lacking atthis stage of the proceeding.“There was an argument in the room?”“Yes.”“Which was obviously that of the couple with their daughter?”“Yes,” the witness said, “but I did not realize the couple had Adele Davis in the room; and now that you mentioned it, it was the couple and Ms. Davis in the house.”“So from your location,” the lawyer said, “when you saw the commotion, you rushed to intervene?”“Well,” the witness said, shifting his position, “it was a fight and I never thought about it at first but later realized that it was in the family for a long time.”“And Adele Davis was in the room with the family?”“Ehhhh….” the witness fumbled, “I heard that she…”“Don’t say what you heard just what you saw.”The witness glared at the lawyer and sweeping his head away from him, said, “It became apparent to me that Adele Davis came to the room twenty minutes after I had arrived.”“When you entered the house, and particularly into the living room, did it occur to you that either the husband or the wife had recently returned from a trip?”The witness gave a deep breath and said, “I did not observe anything like that.”“And you were invited to the occasion? Who did invite you?”“The couple did.”“You testified that Adele Davis invited you to the celebration…”“The fact was that I was invited by somebody which was obviously the family,” he said.“But it was not the person you testified, invited you, was it?”The witness turned to look at the prosecutor as if he needed some support. Turning to the lawyer, he said, “It could be Adele Davis.” The lawyer saw the inconsistency, and with a smile turned to look at Judge Smith, who nodded in anticipation.Walking to the defense table, Jason Doe made a show of examining some documents. He pulled out a sheet of paper, gave it a brief look, returned it to its place and walked back to the witness and said: “According to a mobile phone record obtained from your provider, you called Mrs. Davis’ number onehour before the incident. Can you tell the court your reason for the call?”The witness shifted his position and said, “She called me.”“Who called you?”“Mrs. Davis called me.”“Why you did not say that when I put the question to you earlier?”“I did not think it was too important.”“But now it is important, isn’t it?”“It is your word.”“Mr. Peah,” the lawyer kept the pressure on, “when you arrived at the house, you were met on arrival by a house girl identified only as Josephine Tarley…”The witness interrupted the lawyer.“I know this will come up in the end; and the truth is that Josephine Tarley is a friend that I had known, even before she went to work for Mr. Davis.”Smiling, Jason Doe said, “So it was Ms. Tarley who called you; it was Ms. Tarley who called to give you the information that Mr. and Mrs. Davis were at home and it was due to that call that you sneaked into the house, through a backdoor opened by Josephine Tarley…”“I don’t know what to say now…” the witness said, with his head turned away from the lawyer. The lawyer saw the opening and went for it.“You do not have to invent anything to say, Mr. Peah. You need to tell the court how you entered the residence of Mr. & Mrs. Davis.” The lawyer’s statement fell on the witness who was unable to give immediate response.“I’m beginning to get the whole picture from you,” the witness was able to say after a couple of seconds, fumbling with his hands, and lowering his gaze at the lawyer, “Many things are complicated; and this one, too.”“What is complicated?” Jason Doe said and turned to Judge Bendu Smith, whose attention was drawn by the witness’ statement.Judge Smith requested the prosecutor and the lawyer to her chambers for a conference.THIRTY MINUTES later, Jason Doe, Mrs. Davis, Adele Davis and a host of friends and sympathizers gathered at the lawyer’s office on Benson Street to congratulate the lawyer for the resolution of the case.“What really happened,” Mrs. Davis said, “that you discovered the relationship between Peah and Josephine?” The lawyer smiled and lowered himself onto the overstuffed chair at the corner of his law office, and said, “I should have realized that there was an element that that could have connected Peah and his presence in your apartment.“Josephine had promised to marry him but the problem was that Peah was in debt and wanted money to extricate himself since he was at the point of losing his job.“Josephine had promised to find him money and aware of your husband bringing huge sum of money to the house, she plotted with Peah to steal the money. But the problem was how he would get into your apartment. What saved him was the 20th wedding anniversary, for which Josephine secretly sent him an invitation.“However, when she managed to sneak him into the apartment, he came face to face with your husband and Peah panicked. It was in that process that he shot your husband with your husband’s gun that Josephine had provided him. “In the course of the trial, it finally occurred to me that the witness did not know Adele for the mere fact that Adele was nowhere around when he sneaked into the room and neither did Mrs. Davis had any contact with him.”The gathering congratulated each other, and Mrs. Davis pulled out a checkbook and signed a check for U$5,000 and handed it to the lawyer.Jason Doe received the check, glanced at it, smiled and said, “It’s time for some celebration.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Injuries could derail Real’s pursuit of Barcelona

first_imgIt’s a problem which has left “los blancos” the main victims of what the Spanish press have dubbed the “FIFA virus”.Despite the draw against Barcelona at Camp Nou two weeks ago, Madrid still have an eight-point gap to make up on their Catalan rivals, a task made even more difficult by the loss of so many key defenders.Right-backs Alvaro Arbeloa, injured in Spain’s 1-1 draw with France, and Fabio Coentrao are unavailable for a number of weeks while left-back Marcelo is expected to be out for three months after breaking his foot in a Brazil training session.Midfielder Sami Khedira and forwards Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain picked up knocks with their national sides and all could be rested ahead of an important Champions League tie at Borussia Dortmund next Wednesday.Mourinho will have to be creative to fill the full-back berths.Michael Essien has experience on the right while Sergio Ramos could also be used there with Raphael Varane or Raul Albiol coming into the centre of defence.Even using Varane is in doubt after the youngster picked up a muscle injury while playing for the French Under-21 side.Youngster Nacho Fernandez could make his first start of the season at left-back.Leaders Barcelona have few worries as they go to Deportivo La Coruna on the same evening, looking to make it four wins from four on the road.One player unaffected by the international break was midfielder Andres Iniesta.“I didn’t play the full 90 minutes of the two matches with Spain so I’m in good shape, my (groin) injury is forgotten and we all hope to be fit for the Depor game which will be complicated especially after the break,” he said.“There’s a long way to go, all sides go out to win games, particularly Madrid who are the current champions and they will want to win the title again so we can’t take the points for granted,” he said.“Also we have to concede that at the moment Atletico Madrid are our closest rivals.”On Sunday, Atletico face a tough away game at Real Sociedad who have won their three home games to date this season.Atletico are level with points with Barca at the top and eight ahead of city rivals Real.But their Turkish midfielder Arda Turan is another victim of the international break and will miss Sunday’s game along with Diego Costa who has a troubled knee.Raul Garcia is the likely replacement for Turan while Atletico will look to the rich goalscoring form of Gustavo Falcao to continue a run of nine straight victories in all competitions since the opening day 1-1 draw at Levante.SaturdayMalaga v Valladolid (1400 GMT), Real Madrid v Celta (1600 GMT), Valencia v Athletic Bilbao (1800 GMT), Deportivo v Barcelona (2000 GMT)SundayGetafe v Levante (1000 GMT), Espanyol v Rayo Vallecano (1400 GMT), Granada v Zaragoza (1600 GMT), Osasuna v Betis (1750 GMT), Real Sociedad v Atletico Madrid (1930 GMT)MondaySevilla v Mallorca (1930 GMT)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, October 19 – Real Madrid are battling an injury crisis ahead of their home clash with Celta Vigo on Saturday as World Cup duty threatens the team’s La Liga pursuit of bitter rivals Barcelona.Madrid coach Jose Mourinho faces the loss of up to seven of the 19 players who went off on international duty after the vital 2-2 draw with Barcelona in their last league game.last_img read more

Economy no match for Mickey

first_img“We’ve seen some challenges in distribution,” Staggs said. “We’re evaluating where we sit.” Disney dropped its ESPN-branded cell-phone service last year because it did not prove profitable. The company shifted the content developed for the service to Verizon Wireless.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – Bookings at The Walt Disney Co.’s domestic theme parks aren’t reflecting a broader economic downturn, the company’s chief financial officer said Monday. Travel bookings in the current quarter are up compared with the same period last year, Thomas Staggs told investors gathered at the Merrill Lynch Media and Entertainment conference. “I’m not saying the parks are immune to the economy,” Staggs said. “But thus far, we’re not seeing any impact in the numbers.” International visits to the parks have still not recovered from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Staggs said. Those visits might be expected to increase because of the weak dollar, but difficulties in gaining travel visas to the United States are still having a negative impact, Staggs said. The Burbank-based company will likely increase capital spending to beef up its lagging second park in California, Staggs said. Disney’s California Adventure opened in 2001 next door to Disneyland and has been a disappointment to the company, which has steadily added attractions to the park. Disney is not likely to open any new parks in the United States in the foreseeable future, Staggs said. Advertising revenues for the media conglomerate’s ABC network shows are also strong and show no signs of broader problems in the economy, Staggs said. Disney is seriously examining its mobile-phone venture and will be deciding its future in the coming months, Staggs said. Staggs said the Disney-branded phone service, which uses Sprint Nextel Corp.’s network, has been successful in signing subscribers. But the business has had some difficulty growing quickly. last_img read more

6th man surrenders in Simpson’s Vegas armed robbery case

first_imgBy Ken Ritter THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LAS VEGAS – The sixth and final man sought in the armed robbery case against O.J. Simpson has surrendered in court. Charles Bruce Ehrlich of Miami was taken into custody in Las Vegas after a brief hearing before a judge who set his bail at $32,000. Ehrlich’s lawyer, John Moran Jr., said Ehrlich will plead not guilty. “He’s not a principal in this thing,” Moran said of allegations that Ehrlich joined Simpson and the other men in kidnapping and stealing sports memorabilia from two collectors last week. Moran called Ehrlich an acquaintance of Simpson’s, and expected his client to post bail and return to Florida later Friday. Ehrlich, 53, faces the same charges as four other co-defendants, including Charles Cashmore, who was arraigned minutes earlier on charges including kidnapping, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. A kidnapping conviction could result in a sentence of life in prison with parole. Simpson faces one additional charge of felony coercion. Cashmore’s lawyer, Edward Miley, acknowledged that Cashmore has a 1997 conviction in a Utah bad check case, and has a bad check charge pending in Las Vegas. Prosecutors accuse Simpson of leading the five men as they burst into a hotel room at a Las Vegas casino, displayed guns, and stole autographed footballs and other collectible items. Authorities allege that the suspects went to the hotel room on the pretext of brokering a deal with Alfred Beardsley, 46, an accuser along with Bruce Fromong. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

For your holiday enjoyment

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COVINA – On Sunday night, the city started holiday celebrations early with a lighted train that pulled into the town’s Metrolink station. The 450-ton train was lit with the colors of the holiday season. People enjoyed a free show, featuring Santa Claus, and were given free hot chocolate for showing up. The annual event has been going on for over a decade and is also a chance for Los Angeles County firefighters to collect presents for their yearly toy drive.last_img read more

Otis Chandler remembered at memorial

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “The best. No two words better describe him,” said Tom Johnson, who succeeded Chandler as publisher and retired as chairman and chief executive of CNN News Group. “He excelled at almost everything he set out to do.” Chandler, who came from a family wielding financial and political power in Los Angeles, succeeded his father as publisher of the Times in 1960 while in his early 30s. Hiring top reporters and editors, and opening bureaus all over the world, within a few years Chandler took a narrow and conservative paper and made it into an internationally respected publication. During Chandler’s 20 years as publisher, and five subsequent years as editor in chief, the paper won nine Pulitzer Prizes, according to the Times’ Web site. Former New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Sr. said the revamped West Coast paper quickly got the attention of New York Times editors and reporters. PASADENA – Friends, family and journalism colleagues on Monday remembered former Los Angeles Times publisher Otis Chandler as a fiercely competitive man who exercised incessantly, drove as fast as possible and used hunter instincts to lift the newspaper from relative obscurity to among the nation’s best. Chandler died last week at age 78. He had a degenerative brain disorder known as Lewy body disease. Though his professional legacy includes helping to build a newspaper that today competes with top national publications, many of the 500-plus people at the memorial said they also remembered Chandler as an outstanding athlete, hunter, car racer and surfer who enjoyed the waves well into his 60s. That larger-than-life persona was emphasized by a life-size portrait of Chandler at the All Saints Church entrance. “Chandler was taking our Pulitzers,” said Sulzberger, who attended the memorial. “He forced us to be better.” Louis D. Boccardi, retired chief executive of The Associated Press, said he repeatedly encouraged Chandler to write a memoir, which never happened. “But maybe he understood that not everybody had to leave a book,” said Boccardi, a longtime Chandler friend. “You could, as he did, leave a newspaper and it would speak volumes.” Living with someone so intense and successful, however, wasn’t always easy for his family. “My father thought good parenting was setting good examples,” said son Harry Chandler. “He was often too busy, or too self-absorbed to come to soccer games or get involved with career events.” But Harry Chandler said his father was always there when his children needed him, was able to apologize when he did wrong, and knew when his competitive spirit wouldn’t be enough to win. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Attitude fuels Series can-do

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe friendship factor is in keeping with a District 51 tradition that began in the mid-1990s, when it emerged as an elite national program. It has, by all accounts, spawned another tradition. District 51’s team travels this week to Kalamazoo, Mich., for the Big League World Series, where it makes its eighth appearance in 11 years. District 51 is the defending World Series champion. It has appeared in three title games in 11 years, winning championships last season and in 1996. It lost to Michigan in 2000. The team’s cohesiveness has been especially pronounced this season. PALMDALE – Kelsie Blankemeyer is among seven District 51 Big League softball teammates who at one point played together for perennial Golden League power Quartz Hill High. Others on the team played for less successful programs such as Antelope Valley and Palmdale. But during the summer months, none of that matters. “We get along on and off the field; we’re all really good friends,” Blankemeyer said with a smile. Third baseman Blankemeyer, an Antelope Valley College sophomore, is among five players competing on the Big League team for a third consecutive season, the result of a rule change allowing players who were 18 on Dec. 31 of last year to remain eligible. In previous years, the cutoff date was July 31. Pitcher Laura Calvert (Quartz Hill/AVC), first baseman Brooke Stix (Quartz Hill/AVC) second baseman/pitcher Nicole Torres (Quartz Hill/AVC) and catcher Rebecca Zapata (Palmdale) are the others. Outfielder Alaina Devenney (Quartz Hill) and shortstop/pitcher Johanna Ilejay (Palmdale) are among seven returnees. Calvert won’t join the team in Kalamazoo because of college enrollment obligations. Blankemeyer believes the team’s cohesiveness correlates directly with its success. “We communicate really well. It’s like we know what each other’s thinking when we’re on the field,” Blankemeyer said. “When someone’s down, we know how to pick each other up.” The benefits extend beyond moral support. “There’s a comfort zone when you’ve played with each other and … you know how everybody hits and their habits,” longtime District 51 manager Walt Patison said. “The on-deck batter can tell the next batter, `Hey, you’re pulling your head,’ or `You’re dropping your shoulder.’ ” Zapata said teammates take pride in making newcomers feel welcome, too. “It helps the team when you feel comfortable with your teammates that you have,” Zapata said. “We let everybody in, so it’s not like there’s a `clique factor.’ ” Patison said creating that environment figures prominently in the selection process. “We don’t just look for talent,” he said. “Of course, we want talented players, but we also look for attitude and we look for character because that’s what you’ve got to build on. They’ve got to get along, so attitude and character is No. 1. Talent comes in after that. I won’t have a girl who won’t get along with the team or thinks she’s better than anyone else. I don’t care who she is.” It is especially important considering the team has players from seven area high schools (all six Golden League schools, and Paraclete). “The beautiful thing to me (is) that they can play against each other and pound each other all year long and then they can come together and be one solid team,” Patison said. “That’s what’s always been special about this team.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

2 women win $3.5 million in case of shelter’s abuse

first_imgThe defendants were never criminally charged, LippSmith said. The plaintiffs, now in their 40s, both have children and jobs and are relatively functional, even though “they are hurt and they do think about these things a lot,” LippSmith said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe nonprofit organization, based in Union City, runs shelters for children from broken homes. The women, whose names were withheld because of the nature of the allegations, claimed they endured molestation ranging from fondling to intercourse after being placed in the shelter. A nonemployee who lived at the home and was married to a houseparent molested both girls for about 1 1/2 years in the late 1960s, according to the suit. A male houseparent had sex with one girl when she was 15 in the 1970s, the suit claimed. The children were “under 24-hour care by the people who were supposed to be protecting them,” LippSmith said in a telephone interview. POMONA – A jury awarded more than $3.5 million to two women who claimed they were molested decades ago while living in a Masonic shelter for children, a lawyer said Thursday. A Superior Court jury found on Oct. 6 that Masonic Homes of California was liable for the actions of an employee and a man who lived at the Covina facility, said Graham B. LippSmith, an attorney for the plaintiffs. The women were among 14 people who have sued, claiming they were sexually abused while living in the San Gabriel Valley home east of Los Angeles. Trials are pending in other cases. Calls seeking comment from the Covina facility and the attorneys who represented Masonic Homes were not immediately returned Thursday. last_img read more