Buju back in Pinellas County Jail

Jamaican Reggae artiste Buju Banton is back in the Pinellas County Jail in Tampa, Florida where he spent almost 11 months while awaiting trial in 2010. Banton was transferred to the penal facility yesterday after the guilty verdicts on three drug-related offences were handed down by a panel of jurors, which included three African-American women. When the jury returned with their verdict after 11 hours of deliberations, the three African-Americans were observed smiling.

Banton was detained immediately after the guilty verdict was handed down and had his bail revoked. During his first stint in jail, the artiste reportedly lost weight and was being housed in an isolated section of the Pinellas County Jail as punishment for sharing his food with inmates.

He complained bitterly that he was being denied vegetarian meals and had lost weight, but prison authorities countered by saying that he had actually gained a few pounds.

Although Banton’s defense team has vowed to appeal the verdict, Former US prosecutor Michelle Rodney says any appeal will be a difficult battle, as judges are usually careful to ensure none of their decisions can be questioned in an appeal.
The Grammy winner is now in a US lock-up following his conviction on three of four criminal charges.

The charges for which Buju was found guilty are:
*Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine;
*Aiding and abetting others in using a communication facility in the commission of a felony; and
*Knowingly and intentionally possessing a firearm in furtherance of and during the course of a drug-trafficking crime.
The jury, however, returned a not-guilty verdict for attempting to possess five kilograms or more of cocaine.

Read more at : http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Buju-back-in-Pinellas-County-Jail#ixzz1EqMxVF7e and http://go-jamaica.com/news/read_article.php?id=26701

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