Chea Job Cheapoo, Sr. (born 1942) has died following a protractive illness according to family sources. He was Liberia’s 15th Chief Justice who also faced impeachment.
He was a controversial figure who was also founding father of the Progressive People Party (PPP).
Before the 1980 coup he was called Joseph Chesson, Jr to be fitted amongst the elites who ran the country at the time.
Cheapoo served in the late 1970s as Senator from Grand Gedeh County becoming one of the voices of reasoning.
Following the coup, Cheapoo was appointed Attorney General in April 1980 under the People’s Redemption Council regime. However, Cheapoo was removed from his position and arrested in September 1981 after being accused of stockpiling arms without permission of the PRC.
Following the resignation of Chief Justice James N. Nagbe in June 1987, Cheapoo was appointed by President Samuel Doe again as Chief Justice. Soon after taking office, he was accused of illegally ordering the arrest of a probate judge and his wife, Harper S. Bailey and Muna Stubblefield,whom he stated had tried to bribe him with $2,000. Amid the resulting controversy, he accused President Doe of unconstitutionally releasing the couple in question. This infuriated For, though he tendered his resignation Doe still subjected him to Legislative inquiry and impeachment.
Cheapoo later participated in the 1997 General and Presidential elections as Standard Bearer of a reconstituted Progressive People’s Party (PPP). As the party’s candidate for President, Cheapoo won only 0.34% of the vote, while the party failed to win any seats in the Legislature.
The party did not field candidates in the 11 October 2005 elections, but Cheapoo was once again the party’s candidate for President in 2011, winning 0.3% of the vote and no seats in the legislature.