BUJU BANTON REQUESTS NEW TRIAL DATE
Buju may spend Easter behind bars.
According to court documents filed on Wednesday, Buju Banton and his lawyer David Markus are requesting a delay in the trail.
Buju’s trial is expected to begin on March 1 but the deejay and his lawyer are requesting an April 12 trial date.
Prominent attorney at law, David Rowe explains the motion filed.
Professor Rowe adds that according to the motion, there are witnesses coming from Jamaica. But this he says has some negative implications for the reggae entertainer.
So, though both the prosecutor and the defense are requesting an April trial date for the Gargamel, the decision lies with the Federal Judge who has the final say.Buju Banton has been in federal custody since December last year where he is awaiting trial on drug charges.
Buju has pleaded not guilty to the drug charges.
Buju's lawyers claim he was set up; demand details on the police source
Arthur Hall, Senior Staff Reporter
Reggae superstar, Buju Banton, who has been jailed in the United States since December 10, last year. Lawyers representing dancehall star Buju Banton, real name Mark Myrie, have filed a motion in court demanding the naming of the confidential source who is a key part of the case against the Jamaican. The lawyers are using an entrapment defence as they try to get Buju freed of charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, and aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm during the course of an illegal activity. In court yesterday, the lawyers filed a motion for an order "compelling the government to disclose the identity and location of the confidential informant who was an eyewitness and participant in the events, which are the subject of both counts of the indictment". According to the document filed in the court: "The informant was clearly an active participant in the entire chain of events." Buju's lawyers further argue that: "The facts and circumstances of the confidential sources' contacts with Mr Myrie display a deliberate effort by a paid informant to ensnare a perfect stranger, who happened to be sitting next to him on an international flight, into committing a crime, thereby ensuring the informant more money." First meeting The lawyers claim that the informant first met Buju on a flight from Madrid, Spain, to Miami, Florida, on July 26, 2009 by: "Sheer chance, bad luck or other reason to which the defendant is unaware." According to the lawyers, the police informant spent the next several months trying to convince Buju to purchase cocaine. They note that, in the papers filed in court by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), there is no mention of any contact between Buju and the informant before December 8, days before he was arrested. "The confidential source is a paid government informant. In addition to refusing to disclose the identity, the government has refused to identify the prior cases in which he has been involved, the outcomes of those cases, the amount of money he has earned making cases for the government, or even the amount he has been paid (or expects to be paid) in this case," said Buju's lawyers in the document obtained by The Gleaner. While citing several legal precedents, Buju's lawyers have also asked the court to direct the prosecution to release all reports that contain the confidential source's alleged conversations with Buju that were not taped or video recorded, and the report(s) summarising what the source claimed were his unrecorded conversations with Buju when they were on that flight. Requesting payment evidence The lawyers are also requesting evidence of all payments made by state and federal law enforcement authorities to the confidential source in this case, and in other cases where the source operated as a paid informant. Buju has been in detention in the United States since December 10 when he was held in Florida after a DEA sting operation, during which his two co-defendants were arrested at a warehouse where they had allegedly gone to buy cocaine. The dancehall star was not at the warehouse at the time the others were arrested, but the DEA claims it has audio and video evidence of the artiste testing a package of cocaine. Buju is being represented by prominent US attorneys David Oscar Markus and Marc David Seitles. He is slated to return to court on February 4 for a status conference before the trial begins in the week of March 1. The DJ will remain in custody while his attorneys manoeuvre.
Natalie, who has been described as Diana Ross meets Lady Gaga, intends to hit the scene with her individual, soulful and diva-like persona to provide her debut single 'Sexy Sexy' (All Up On Me) set for release early 2010.
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Barrington Levy ready to release new album
Black Roses, LLC and Platinum Camp Productions are ready to release "It's About Time" the much awaited new album from Barrington Levy. Levy will release a new single with Buju Banton in January and the album also features tracks with Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Beres Hammond, Damian Junior Gong Marley, Kardinal Offishall, and other top artists. "It's About Time" is set to be in stores February 2010. Barrington plans on hosting exlcusive shows for fans that coordinate with the release of his first album in over a decade. For a tour schedule and information on fan appreciation shows, contact his manager Daddy Bigg$ at 917-720-CAMP or email@example.com.
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