Reggae superstar Buju Banton had a court appearance yesterday for a re-sentencing on a gun charge however, Buju’s newly appointed attorney, Chokwe Lumumba had other plans. Buju’s attorney asked that U.S. District Judge James Moody consider a new trial based on a recent media story in which a juror on the Buju case allegedly violated the rules of conduct for a juror.
Judge Moody agreed to postpone the hearing while he decides what to do about Terri Wright. Wright, reportedly told the Miami New Times that she conducted her own research into the case to gain a better understanding of the issues. This goes against judge’s orders to the contrary.
The judge is delaying the sentencing until he can further investigate the allegations. That being said, there is one major issue. The charges against Buju Banton (nee Mark Anthony Myrie) carry a mandatory 10-year sentence. Per Judge Moody, the only way around this would be a “safety valve” which is a federal law allowing for exceptions with certain requirements.
One of the requirements would be a “full disclosure” by Buju Banton. Buju’s attorneys believe Buju has already met this requirement however, not surprisingly, Judge Moody disagrees. According to Tampa Bay Online Judge Moody stated:
“I do not accept that… That was not disclosure.”
I hope that this alleged juror misconduct is the break that Buju and his defense team have been seeking. I truly hope Buju can either have his sentence reduced or get a new trial. FREE BUJU!!!!