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Will Buju Banton finally accept his fate? Featured

Archive Written by  AKA Saturday, 23 June 2012 07:45 font size decrease font size increase font size 0
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Will Buju Banton now accept the court's ruling and do his time now that he has exhausted almost all possible appeals?  

Today, the reggae superstar's lawyer, David Markus Buju today to discuss the decision and the way forward, which is expected to include applying for a new trial.

“I truly believe that a good man is in jail for talking a big game. I will continue to fight for him,” Markus said.

The artiste was convicted last year February in a federal court in Tampa, Florida and later sentenced. Markus subsequently filed an appeal. The conviction and sentence followed a hung jury in September 2010, which set up the February retrial.

During the appeal hearing, Markus argued that US government informant Alexander Johnson had improperly entrapped his client.

The panel of three judges also agreed with the jury's conviction of Banton on a gun possession charge, which the trial judge had dismissed after the verdict was read. The judges rejected Buju’s argument that his right to a speedy trial had been violated.

The appeal court did not consider Buju’s application for a new trial. Instead, the court said that the issue should be determined in the district court.


 

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