Ray of Hope for Buju Banton?
There seems to be a ray of hope for the entertainer based on a juror’s alleged revelation. Based on several reports, a female juror (Terri Wright) attached to the incarcerated deejay’s drug trial last February may have compromised the outcome of his case.
It is said that, in an alleged interview with international sources, one of the jurors in Banton’s trial, admits to researching aspects of Buju Banton’s case to obtain a greater understanding of the matter before deliberation began.
Additional reports are that Wright allegedly cited the Pinkerton rule, a law that the federal government used to slap a gun charge on Banton, despite the fact that he never possessed or had any connection to the firearm.
It is said that, although Wright’s intentions were in good faith, sources have cited that researching facts for federal trials constitutes a violation of court orders and as a result, could spark a mistrial and possible appeals of a conviction.
It is understood that standard jury instructions for federal trials tell jurors, “not to attempt to research any fact, issue or law related to this case, whether by discussion with others, by library or Internet research, or by any other means or source.”
Reports are that past and present attorneys representing the entertainer during his legal woes, David Oscar Markus and Chokwe Lumumba respectively, have weighed in since news broke of the juror’s pronouncement.
According to reports, both attorneys share the view that the assertion of the juror, if proven to be true, may very well be a game-changer in favour of Banton.
It is said that this speckle hope comes just weeks before Buju is slated to be resentenced on the gun charge on October 30.
Reports are that, a new worldwide campaign has also been launched by some diehard fans of Buju seeking 50,000 people to write, email or call the White House, home of US President Barack Obama before the October 30 resentencing date.
According to reports, Buju’s new campaign is being launched on the basis of what they call an unjust incarceration, alluding to an entrapment by a US government informant.
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