Located at the Temple of Justice on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, the Supreme Court is the final arbiter of justice in Liberia.
Accordingly, Cllr. Brumskine, 68, died in the United States on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.
In a press release issued in Monrovia on Monday, November 25, 2019 on behalf of the Judicial Branch of the Government of Liberia(GoL), the high court described the fallen Liberian lawyer as a legal luminary whose pursuit for the rule of law in Liberia was interminable.
The release stated that the late legal luminary was a senior member of the Supreme Court Bar who was an astute and dedicated professor of law at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law of the University of Liberia.
Said the Court: “Cllr. Brumskine’s demise, the Judiciary says is a great loss which has created an unfathomable void in the community of the legal profession in Liberia. The Supreme Court says it will remember Cllr. Brumskine for his legal astuteness, his copious arguments before the Supreme Court Bench and the respect he had always shown to the courts and the Judiciary during his years of practice.”
“The chief justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia and the Judiciary Branch of Government of Liberia extend deepest condolences to the family of the late Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine for the irreparable loss of their son, and father.” Added the press release.
Cllr. Brumskine, who contested the Liberian presidency thrice, became politically prominent in the 1990s as an ally of former President Charles Taylor. When Taylor became President in 1997, Brumskine became President Pro- Tempore of the Liberian Senate.
By 1999, however, they began quarreling, and Brumskine fled the country after being threatened by Taylor’s supporters. He returned to Liberia in 2003 with plans to run in the scheduled 2003 presidential election.
However, Taylor’s resignation that year and the installment of a two-year transitional government led to the elections being cancelled.
In 2004, Brumskine campaigned for the 2005 elections, receiving nearly 14% of the vote, 6% less than the second-place candidate, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and therefore, he was not able to participate in the runoff. Due to his popularity in the first round, he could have significantly influenced the run-off had he endorsed either candidate. He decided not to endorse Sirleaf or her opponent, George Manney Weah in the runoff.
Six years later, Cllr. Brumskine again contested the 2011 elections. This time he chose Bong County Senator Franklin O. Siakor as his running mate.
In the 2017 elections, Cllr. Brumskine came third.
However, the fallen Liberian Politician and others, not satisfied with the results of the elections, ran to the Supreme Court- the final arbiter of justice in the country. The Supreme Court halted preparations for the presidential run-off vote between Weah and former Vice President Joseph N. Boakai until it considers a challenge to the first round results by a losing candidate who alleged fraud.
Although he was not successful in their legal battle at the Supreme Court, many hailed Brumskine for his respect for the rule of law.