Judge approves company for Buju’s security but…

UNITED STATES Magistrate Anthony Porcelli yesterday approved a security company that Jamaican Reggae star Buju Banton has expressed an interest in contracting to provide him with 24-hour security as part of his bail condition.

Porcelli has also approved the $350,000 Miami property put up by Stephen Marley, the son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, as collateral for Banton’s bond.

 

But despite the development in the Sam M Gibbons federal court, Banton will have to remain in jail as the prosecution will be appealing Porcelli’s decision to approve the security company the Jamaican artiste wants to hire to ensure he sticks to the previous conditions of his house arrest.

The prosecution has five days to file its appeal.

Banton’s lead attorney, David Oscar Markus, was yesterday livid at what he said was the repeated attempts by Prosecutor James Preston to keep his client behind bars.

“The Government’s dogged attempt to keep Buju behind bars is disheartening,” Markus told the Observer.

Banton has been in jail since last December, following his arrest at his Tamarac South Florida home. He was granted $250,000 bail earlier this month after a panel of 12 jurors failed to reach a verdict in his drug and weapon trial in September.

As part of his bail condition, Banton, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie, will be placed under house arrest and will be required to wear a tracking device, pending the outcome of his retrial in December.

If released, Banton will have to remain at home other than when he wants to purchase medication, see his attorney or attend court.

Yesterday, attorney Marc Seitles, who handled the hearing on Banton’s behalf, was delighted at the outcome.

“We achieved a bond today and we are happy that Judge Porcelli reaffirmed that Buju is entitled to be released on bond,” said Seitles.

If Banton successfully beats back the appeal, he will have to seek another bond in the immigration court as his entertainment visa was revoked upon his arrest.

Jamaica Observer

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Stephen Marley puts up his house for Buju

Stephen Marley has proven that he is truly a friend in deed.

The son of Reggae king Bob Marley, has put up his Miami Dade house for bond in an effort to secure his friend Buju Banton’s release from the Pinellas County Jail.

 

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Buju gets bail

JAILED Reggae artiste Buju Banton was this afternoon offered $250,000 bail in the Sam M Gibbons Federal Court in the United States.

But Banton, real name Mark Myrie, is still not in the clear as his lawyer David Oscar Markus will now have to seek bond in the immigration court to prevent his deportation to Jamaica. Banton’s entertainment visa was revoked when he was arrested last December.

As part of Banton’s bail condition, he will have to wear a monitoring device and will be subject to house arrest and 24 hour security, to be paid for by the defence.

He can only leave his house for meetings with his attorney and for doctors’ appointments and to purchase medication. He will also be subjected to drug testing.

Jamaica Observer

K’Naan and Nas: Two Ways to “Manage” a Music Career

K’Naan and Nas: Two Ways to “Manage” a Music Career

From one hip-hop artist, a leaked email exposing the ugly, angry side of the struggle between artist and label. From the other, a frank chat at the end of a long tour about owning one’s art and brand. Two very different leadership lessons.

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Vote for Jamaican Super Model Nell Robinson’s niece at Gap…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nell & niece Savannah traveling in London.

Jamaican Super model Nell Robinson seems to have some competition coming her from her little niece Savannah Robinson who is 8 years old. Savannah is online along with thousands of children competing to be one of the next Gap Kids. Rock Jamaica is asking for your support so we can have a little Jamaican representing us in Gap campaigns. Continue reading

* Another week in jail for Buju

JAMAICAN Reggae star Buju Banton, must languish for another week in the Pinellas County Jail in Tampa, Florida before he will know if he will be granted bail. Continue reading

Prosecutor asks court to keep Buju locked up

TAMPA, USA — If the US Government has its way, Jamaican Reggae superstar Buju Banton will remain behind bars pending the outcome of his retrial in December on cocaine and gun charges. Continue reading