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Feds try to block Buju Banton's request for new trial

TAMPA — Legal wrangling continued this week in the case of reggae star Buju Banton, who was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison more than a year ago.

The singer's attorneys asked Monday for a new trial, records show, but prosecutors responded with a motion to strike. The U.S. Attorney's Office said the motion for a new trial was "untimely" and outside the court's mandate.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine; using a telephone to help commit a drug offense; and a gun charge because a co-defendant brought a firearm to the 2010 drug deal.

His attorney argued this week that Myrie was entrapped by an informer and the government failed to prove he knew a drug deal had taken place or that one of the participants had a gun.

A judge has yet to rule.

Feds try to block Buju Banton's request for new trial 07/11/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 8:53pm]
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