Jury foreman in reggae star Buju Banton’s 2011 Trial found Guilty of Contempt
Four years after she helped convict reggae star Buju Banton on gun and drug charges, a former juror was found guilty Tuesday (Oct. 6) of contempt for researching the case outside of court, Hype Life Magazine has gathered.
A federal juror in the trial of reggae music star Buju Banton was found guilty of misconduct, and sentenced to five months of probation and 40 hours of community service.
U.S. District Judge James S. Moody Jr. also sentenced her to five months of probation and 40 hours of community service. But the most creative punishment was the judge ordering her to research and write a report about the cost of Banton’s high-profile, six-day trial.
Wright, 47, showed no reaction as the judge found her guilty after a two-hour bench trial.
The judge’s decision came after attorneys spent the morning arguing about her activities during and after Banton’s trial.
They took testimony from Chris Sweeney, a former reporter with Miami New Times, who wrote a story in 2012 that suggested Wright might have disobeyed a judge’s order not to research the case.
In February 2011, Banton was convicted of setting up a deal to buy and distribute 11 pounds of cocaine. He was later sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.
In October 2012, Sweeney said he spoke with Wright and several other jurors about their experiences serving on the jury.