One of reggae music most eloquent son, Buju Banton, will begin his new trial in exactly two weeks and it may very well be his toughest test since being in his predicament.
Buju and his legal team will go all out to secure his freedom amidst strong opposition from the government team headed by James Preston.
Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, new trial will begin on Valentine day February 14th, 2010. Buju lead attorney, David Markus said, “February 14 is Valentine’s Day. We hope the jury gives us some love.”
“Buju is optimistic and hopeful. He is in good spirits. He is a rock. No one realises how hard it is to fight the federal government in one trial, let alone two,” he added.
Buju Banton previous trial, which lasted just over a week, ended in the 12 member jury panel unable to reach a verdict. His new trial was schedule to take place in December, however, Banton legal team requested a February trial so that the artist could spend time with his family and regroup.
The new trial could even be tougher, if the prosecutor have his way. US Prosecutor James Preston is seeking to slap Banton with additional charges going into February 14 trial. Should the new indictment stand, Banton will be tried for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offence, and using the wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offence.
Buju Banton lawyer David Markus is seeking to have the new indictment thrown out. A ruling is being awaited from Judge James Moody.
If convicted on some of all counts, Banton could face with up to 20 years in federal prison.