Archive | September, 2010

PROSECUTION MOTION AGAINST BAIL

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Assistant US Attorney James Preston today filed a motion in the Sam M Gibbons federal court in Tampa Florida against Buju Banton bail application.
In the motion, Preston argued that Banton’s attorney has not given any legal support that the entertainer should be released pre-trial.
Preston said also that Banton “wholly ignored the court’s earlier detention order. The motion should therefore be denied.”
Preston was quick to pointed out that Markus failed to point out that the court had previously found that there were aggravating factors for Banton’s detention outside of his immigration woes.
Preston also argued against Banton’s attorney David Oscar Markus assumption, the reggae singer, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie, is not a flight risk because of his popularity. As a result, Preston is asking that Banton’s motion for bail be struck out without any further hearing.
Harsh isn’t it?
Buju Banton lawyer David Markus on Tuesday of this week filed a motion for the reggae star to be release on bonds. Buju being in federal custody since December of last year without bail. The current mistrial could mean that Banton will be in custody for at least a year.
The bail hearing is schedule for October 6th.

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Buju Co Defendant Accepts Plea Deal

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The Tampa Bay Online is reporting that one of the co-defendants in the cocaine case against Buju Banton will plead guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilos or more of cocaine. The news organisation is reporting that Ian Thomas has decided to cooperate with the United States prosecutors based on an agreement filed in court yesterday.
Banton, a four-time Grammy nominee, is set to stand trial on September 20 along with another co-defendant, James Mack, on charges they participated in a cocaine deal in Sarasota, Florida.
Banton, 37, has been held without bail since his arrest on charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine, and aiding and abetting his co-defendants in possessing a firearm during the course of the cocaine distribution. He was arrested in December last year. The charge carries up to life in federal prison.
Tampa Bay Online has said that although Thomas may testify against Banton, co-defendant Mack has signed an affidavit on behalf of the singer. Mack, 48, says in the affidavit that he never met Banton before his arrest, and that Banton had no knowledge of the money and gun that were in Mack’s car.
Meanwhile, Buju’s record company is set to release his ninth studio album, Before the Dawn, in the United States. The release will take place on September 29, nine days after the start of the trial.

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