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Buju's lawyer responds to US gov't's cross-appeal

Published:Monday | March 12, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Reggae star Buju Banton (left) and his attorney David Oscar Markus after leaving the United States Middle District Court, Florida Division in Tampa. - file

Buju Banton's lawyer has responded to the United States' government's request to have the courts ignore his appeal to have the artiste's guilty verdict overturned.

Last month, David Oscar Markus had filed an appeal, saying in essence that the state had failed to bring enough evidence to convict Buju, given name Mark Myrie.

The state, through Assistant US Attorney James Preston, had been quick to respond, saying there was more than enough evidence to have convicted Myrie and that the courts should rethink throwing out a gun charge the prosecution had tacked on to the charges during a second trial.

But Markus has not rested on his laurels and has responded to the prosecution's cross-appeal, saying the document did not refute their failure to prove Myrie's guilt.

Markus has also restated his claim that Buju was entrapped by a nefarious government agent, that the artiste's right to a speedy trial was violated and that the acquittal on the gun charge issue was the correct one.