Buju Banton’s Sentencing Pushed Back

Embattled reggae superstar Buju Banton’s sentencing was pushed back to June 23, 2011, by US Federal Judge James Moody in Tampa, Florida. Banton was originally schedule for sentencing on June 16, but was rescheduled without any explanation given.

A 12 member jury found Banton guilty on three counts of drug related charges last month. The Grammy winning reggae star was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, attempting to possess five kilograms or more of cocaine, and for “aiding and abetting others in using a communication facility in the commission of a felony.”

Banton was found not guilty of knowingly and intentionally possessing a firearm in furtherance of and during the course of a drug-trafficking crime. His lawyer, David Markus, has indicated that he will appeal the case against the artist. Facing up to 20 years in federal prison, Banton has maintained his innocence throughout the trial.

For original article, see http://urbanislandz.com/2011/03/17/buju-banton-sentencing-push-back-to-june-23rd/

2 thoughts on “Buju Banton’s Sentencing Pushed Back

  1. Open Letter to U.S. Federal Judge- The Hon. James Moody

    Re: The sentencing of Buju Banton

    I ask the court and the honorable Judge that on the day of sentencing of this young man who will stand before you in judgment that you look favorably upon him as you pronounce your judgment.

    I further ask that you see him as a man who has made a terrible mistake and grant him your mercy as a father would do to a son who has gone the wrong way. I pray that you no longer consider his incarceration necessary, but that you send him home to his children in Jamaica. I Ras Cardo respectfully submit this plea and petition to you.
    I pray that you consider his time already spent in incarceration as time served. I know that he is not a drug dealer, nor is he a violent person

  2. Your Hon Judge Moody,

    I respectfully ask you to consider the fact that as human beings we are all subject to making mistakes in our life journey, after all we are not all perfect.
    This individual that stands before you on June 23, 2011, has represented a nation of people that some may same is quite honourable contrary to the evidence presented in court that led to his conviction.
    I too in conjunction with a nation of people, kindly ask that you have mercy upon this individual. He is truly not a risk to society, his passion for his art (music) is truly one that I myself (along with nation that he represents JAMAICA) admires.
    May the father up above have mercy on us all.

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