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A computer expert can snoop around the hard drive of a woman who helped convict reggae star Buju Banton of drug charges, but the expert must look only for footprints of those 21 search terms.
That's according to an order filed last Friday by US District judge James S. Moody Jr, who is trying to sort out allegations that juror Terri Wright conducted improper research during the 2011 trial.
Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was convicted of trying to set up a deal to buy 11 pounds of cocaine. He is serving a prison sentence of 10 years.
A South Florida newspaper, Miami New Times, reported that jury forewoman Wright admitted to doing independent Internet research during the trial, quoting her as saying, "I would get in the car, just write my notes down so I could remember, and I would come home and do the research."
Buju's defence attorney, Imhotep Alkebu-lan, argued that such research would be grounds for a new trial.
Wright testified that the reporter misunderstood her, and that she did the research after the trial concluded.
Now, as a test of her credibility, Moody says that defence computer forensic expert Larry Daniel can examine Wright's hard drive activity from February 14, 2011, to March 8, 2011, a window that includes the trial and the two weeks that followed.
Buju's attorney had asked for a wider time frame; Wright's attorney sought a narrower one.
Moody said Daniel's review of the hard drive could also include a search for deleted data.
- Taken from the Tampa Bay Times.