Trial again delayed for reggae singer Buju Banton

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Trial again delayed for reggae singer Buju Banton
May 28, 2010

TAMPA – A federal judge again has changed the trial date for Grammy-nominated reggae singer Buju Banton without giving a reason.

Banton’s trial on drug charges originally was scheduled for April 19, the date Banton requested. But 11 days before the trial was set to start, U.S. District Judge James Moody moved it to June 21.

The defense objected, citing the cost of rearranging travel for witnesses and noting that Banton would be held in jail longer.

Moody overruled the objections.

A notice was posted today that the case has been moved to the September trial calendar. A trial date will be set at a status conference in August.

Banton’s attorney, David Oscar Markus, has again filed an objection on the same grounds, saying the change violates the federal Speedy Trial Act.

The law generally requires that a criminal defendant’s trial start within 70 days after he is charged or makes an initial appearance, whichever is later.

Banton was arrested Dec. 10 in Miami, had his initial appearance the next day and was indicted Dec. 15. The defense motion says the speedy trial requirement already would have been violated with the June trial date.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, has been jailed since his arrest. He and two codefendants are accused of participating in a cocaine deal in Sarasota.

Banton claims he was entrapped.


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7 thoughts on “Trial again delayed for reggae singer Buju Banton”

  1. The trial is delayed because it is a FRAUD.
    They are trying to cook up some fraudulent evidence agianst Brother Buju.
    They are searching for a bogus witness,a sellout to do their dirty job.
    He will be FREE.

  2. There is no real evidence I know what this is all about, they wanted Buju to join the illuminati/freemasons like Vybz Kartel, Beenie Man and that one that bleach out his face Elephant Man etc but he refused so they are trying to destroy him by coming up with this bogus case. I also send Love,Peace and blessings to Buju, I look forward to his safe return home.

  3. I feel sick to my stomach to read about what has been happening to Buju Banton. It is illegal to hold him without trial for such a long period of time. I feel it for my brother and other brother and sisters who are illegally held without trial around the world. FREE BUJU BANTON.

  4. Dem don’t have any real evidence; dem ah jus try hold him long enough to make him suffer; dem feel if thehy throw out the case, they’ll look like idiots and look like super heroes if dem entrapp, trial & convict the Great BUJU BANTON. It’s ashame what our own legally sysytem could do whatever dem wan do. May jah protect Buju from the hands of the wicked.

  5. hold on Buju, you will return to Jamaica this year to the people that love you and God. Just remember it gets better from here on….. what may seems like hell could often be the best thing that ever happen. Read your bible and you will see how many of god people seems to suffer before success!

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