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Buju Banton found guilty

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  1. Askari Kanzu

    Askari Kanzu JF-Expert Member

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    Tuesday, February 22, 2011
    FLORIDA, USA – Reggae star Buju Banton was found guilty on three charges by a 12-member panel of jurors a short while ago at the United States Sam M Gibbons Federal Court here in Tampa.

    The artiste was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine, of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offence and using the wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offence.

    However he was found not guilty of attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.

    The artiste hugged his lawyer David Markus when the verdict was read.
    Many of the artiste's supporters left the courtroom crying. He has been detained and has had his bail revoked..

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    Ok. Kila heri batty boy mtarajiwa
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    This is Banton's second trial on several cocaine charges. The first trial ended in September 2010 in a mistrial after the jury deadlocked. If convicted of all charges, the Jamaican star faces life in prison.

    On Friday, the jury spent almost seven hours considering the evidence before them but were unable to reach a verdict.

    Judge Jim Moody has instructed them to take all the time they need in considering whether the prosecution has substantiated beyond reasonable doubt any or all of the four charges brought against the Grammy Award winner whose real name is Mark Myrie.

    Buju Banton could face third trial if no verdect. In the event on the thrid trial the jury mistrial again. then Buju will be free. That how federal laws works in the US.

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    TAMPA, Fla. – Grammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton was convicted Tuesday of conspiring to set up a cocaine deal in 2009, a verdict that elicited anguish and disbelief among supporters in a crowded courtroom and from other artists in his native Jamaica.
    A federal jury deliberated for 11 hours over two days on the fate of Banton, who won a Grammy last week for best reggae album for his work entitled "Before the Dawn." He was found guilty of three of four charges, and his attorney said he's facing at least 15 years in prison.
    The 37-year-old Banton, whose given name is Mark Myrie, remains wildly popular in Jamaica, and the trial - his second over the drug accusations - was packed with supporters that included other well-known reggae artists. The first trial ended in a mistrial last year after the jury deadlocked.
    The tall, dreadlocked singer didn't react when a clerk read the verdict on Tuesday. He stood, hugged his attorneys, then turned around and blew kisses to his supporters in the courtroom and told them: "Thank you." A woman yelled out "We love you, Buju!" as U.S. marshals led him away.
    "Obviously we are all upset and disappointed and emotional," said Banton's attorney, David Markus of Miami. "The only person who seems to be OK is Buju. He told us he was happy that he fought, knowing he was innocent."
    Markus said he plans to appeal the conviction and will file a motion to try to get Banton out of jail on bond in the meantime.
    Banton was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking offense. He was acquitted of attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.
    No date has been set for his sentencing.
    Assistant U.S. Attorney James Preston argued during trial that Banton portrayed himself as a broker of drug deals in several conversations with a confidential informant. Preston said Banton thought he was getting involved in a "no-risk" deal in which he would introduce a friend to a confidential informant, and then later collect money from drug transactions.
    Prosecutors acknowledge that Banton did not put any money into the drug deal, nor did he ever profit from it. Markus said his client is "a big talker" who admitted to trying to impress the confidential informant but wasn't involved in any drug deal.
    Much of the case hinged on meetings and phone calls that were video- and audiotaped by the informant, who was working with the Drug Enforcement Administration - and who made $50,000 in commission after the bust.
    In one video, Banton could be seen tasting cocaine in a Sarasota warehouse on Dec. 8, 2009 - but he was not present during the actual drug deal on Dec. 10 that led two others to be arrested. Those two men later pleaded guilty.
    Banton testified that that the informant badgered him after they met on a trans-Atlantic flight in July 2009 and insisted that they meet to set up a cocaine purchase. He said he was so uninterested in the informant's proposals that after they met twice, Banton didn't return the man's phone calls for months.
    In Banton's native Jamaica, radio stations played his songs nonstop Tuesday, especially "Untold Stories" and "Not an Easy Road."
    Rapper Tony Rebel, a close friend who recorded with Banton, called it a sad day for young people who looked up to him.
    The verdict marks "the saddest day for reggae and dancehall," rapper Michael "Power Man" Davy said, adding he was "sad as a Rastaman and a Jamaican."
    Singer Junior Reid called it a conspiracy against reggae artists.
    "With Buju gone, a big piece of reggae get chop off," he said.
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    DAh habari mbaya sana hii kwangu kwa kweli jamaa nyimbo zake zina ni inspire vibaya mno sikiliza Nagus negust, Magic City na Destiny dah BUJUUUUU why BUJUUUUUUUUUUUUU of all ma dili cocaine bujuuuuuu you let me down man!!!!!!
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    Maskini mzee wa songi DESTINY
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    Yu no hear when de rasta man say u haffi no sniff cocaine!? What kind of Rasta is dis? Cocaine babylonian poison pon de black man!
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    Hii habari ni nzuri sana. Pamoja na ukweli kuwa nyimbo zake zina ku inspire, lakini kumbuka kuwa matendo yake ya kutumia na kuuza madawa ya kulevya yanawadhuru vijana wengi sana. Kama role model wa kimataifa alitakiwa kujua kuwa kila analofanya lina athari kubwa kwa vijana duniani kote. Kwa hukumu hii vijana watajifunza kuwa kutumia madawa ya kulevya ni kitu kibaya na kinaweza kuwagharimu maisha kama wakiendelea.