Jan 4, 2013

Hope for Buju Banton on possible juror error

Gleaner: The American News Network Tampa Bay Online is reporting that a federal judge is expanding his investigation into possible juror misconduct in the drug trial of reggae star Buju Banton.

US District Judge James Moody this morning ordered US Marshals to seize computers belonging to jury foreperson Terri Wright, to allow a defense expert to look for evidence of Internet research conducted during the trial.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is serving a 10-year prison sentence on two drug charges.

The Grammy winner faces an additional five years on a related gun possession charge, but his resentencing hearing was postponed to investigate the report of juror misconduct.

During a telephone conference on Wednesday, Judge Moody also told lawyers that he plans to subpoena more jurors and conduct another hearing into allegations that Wright violated his orders not to do outside research during the trial.

Wright told a reporter for a South Florida newspaper that she researched the case, apparently during the trial.

However, she testified that she only researched Banton's music and the federal Pinkerton rule, which involves liability among conspirators for the actions of other conspirators.
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