Feb 13, 2012

US government responds to Buju Banton's appeal

MIAMI -- The U.S. government says plenty of evidence supports a federal jury's conviction of Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges.

Banton is appealing the February 2011 conviction. Defense attorney David O. Markus says his client was relentlessly pursued by a government informant, resulting in improper entrapment.

Federal prosecutors filed their response Friday in Atlanta's 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The prosecutors say Banton's words and actions, in tape-recorded conversations and a videotaped meeting in a Sarasota warehouse where Banton tasted some cocaine, revealed that the singer "eagerly brokered" a drug deal between a friend and undercover government agents.

They also asked the appeals court to reverse a judge's decision to toss a related gun charge.

Banton is serving a 10-year prison sentence in Florida.

Source: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/13/2639170/us-government-responds-to-buju.html

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