Buju guilty

REGGAE star Buju Banton was found guilty on three charges by a 12-member panel of jurors a short while ago. Continue reading

Tense wait for Buju – Judge to hand case to jurors today

FLORIDA, USA — The crushing and nail-biting wait is expected to begin today as Judge James Moody hands the case over to the 12 jurors who are to determine the fate of Grammy-winning reggae artiste Buju Banton.

Yesterday, the weight of uncertainty and anxiety was evident on the supporters and relatives of the artiste, who could be imprisoned for 20 years if found guilty. Continue reading

Big blow for Buju

Days before he faces retrial in a United States court, dancehall star Buju Banton has been dealt a severe blow. Continue reading

Buju likely to get new trial date tomorrow

FOUR-time Grammy-nominated reggae artiste Buju Banton will likely learn tomorrow when he will again have to scrap for his freedom in a United States court, some four months after his first trial ended with a hung jury.

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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

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