Buju asks for a new trial
TAMPA, Florida (AP):
Jailed reggae star Buju Banton wants a new trial in the United States federal court.
Last month, the federal appeals court in Atlanta upheld the Jamaican singer's 2011 conviction on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges. The three-judge panel also sided with a Tampa jury's conviction of Banton on a gun possession charge, which the trial judge tossed out at his sentencing.
Banton's attorney, David O. Markus, filed a motion on Monday in Tampa federal court seeking a new trial on all the charges, or least on the gun charge alone.
Banton is serving a 10-year prison sentence. The gun charge carries an additional five-year sentence.
The US government filed on Tuesday a motion to strike down Banton's request for another trial.
Banton's first trial in 2010 ended in a mistrial when the jury deadlocked.