Incarcerated Reggae/dancehall star Buju Banton was granted new light into his ongoing fight for freedom.
The US Appeals Court has granted a request by Buju Banton’s attorneys, that they be allowed to present oral arguments before the court.
Lawyers for Buju Banton also known as Mark Myrie, are trying to get the court to grant the entertainer a new trial.
In May 2014 Buju’s attorney, Professor Charles Ogletree, submitted a compact document detailing Buju Banton’s innocence. The Court has responded favourably by granting approval to the oral arguments.
In his 55-page court document, Charles Ogletree outlined numerous problems with the case that led to a conviction in 2011 and there are a lot of problems.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta agreed that there were many problems with the case and granted the singer’s lawyers a chance to make an oral submission.
In May 2014 the Defense Team for Jamaican Reggae Superstar, Buju Banton, filed an appeal to the U.S. Appellate Court requesting the artiste be granted oral arguments and a new trial. Buju’s attorney, Professor Charles Ogletree, submitted a compact and powerful document detailing Buju Banton’s innocence. The Court has responded favourably by granting approval to the oral arguments.
The brief states that Buju Banton was entrapped by a paid informant in December 2009. It gives clear evidence that the foreperson of the jury, Mrs. Terri Wright, acted against the District Court’s instructions by researching information on the case during the trial and that Mrs. Wright further presented the Court with the wrong computer hard drive on which she did her research.
He was sentenced to ten years in prison on cocaine charges in June 2011.
His lawyers are arguing, that he was entrapped by a paid informant, and that there is clear evidence of juror misconduct.
Lead attorney, Charles Ogletree, says the court’s decision to allow oral arguments is a positive step towards justice and freedom for Buju Banton.
No date has yet been set for the lawyers to appear.