Buju Banton Trial Pushed ‘Til September — Legal Team Files Motion Objecting Delay, Demands Speedy Trial!

Late this morning, US District Judge James Moody, Jr. did the unthinkable and inexplicably pushed Buju Banton’s trial, which was supposed to start on June 21st, back until September 2010. This is actually the second time Moody has continued the trial merely weeks before its scheduled start date, and once again he had the gall to provide absolutely no explanation for his actions.

Banton’s trial was initially set for March 3, 2010 but due to scheduling conflicts, the defense moved to continue the trial until April 12, 2010. The Court  granted the motion and set the trial to begin on April 19, 2010. However, on April 8, 2010, just 11 days before the start date, Moody postponed trial until June 21, 2010, and offered no reason for the delay.

Early this afternoon, Team Banton, led by esteemed legal eagle David Oscar Markus, filed a motion on behalf of his client objecting to the second continuance, and demanding a speedy trial, and a hearing on the matter. The motion reads in part:

MARK MYRIE’S OBJECTION TO SECOND SUA SPONTE CONTINUANCE, DEMAND FOR SPEEDY TRIAL, AND FOR HEARING

Previously, this court had specially set trial to begin on April 19, 2010. On April 8, 2010, with no motions pending, the Court sua sponte postponed trial for 74 days until June 21, 2010, in violation of the Speedy Trial Act, 18 U.S.C. * 3161 et seq. In addition to postponing the trial outside the 70-day limit, no explanation for the continuance was given in violation of law. Bloate v. United States, 139 S.Ct. 1345, 1349 (2010); Zedner v. United States, 126 S. Ct. 1976 (2006). We objected. Now for the second time, this Court has sua sponte continued the trial until September 2010 without any explanation, again in violation of the Speedy Trial Act and Bloate. We file this objection and demand a speedy trial in this cause.

Today, on May 28, 2010, the Court has again continued the case another 70 days plus until the September trial calendar. No reason has been given for the continuance until September. No findings have been made. Mr. Myrie remains incarcerated in the county jail. This is presenting an enormous burden on Mr. Myrie, his witnesses, and his counsel.

Through this pleading, we demand a speedy trial as required under the Act and the Constitution.

Mr. Markus also requested a hearing on this matter for next Thursday, June 3, 2010 and is awaiting the Court’s response.

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22 responses to “Buju Banton Trial Pushed ‘Til September — Legal Team Files Motion Objecting Delay, Demands Speedy Trial!

  1. pachycom

    Keep the faith, rasta. Jah will look pon u.

  2. Empress Lioness

    RASTAFARI!

    Hope this communication reaches you Buju, you are nearly through the worst of what evil forces tried to inflict on you.

    Your Liberty shall soon be yours again.

    Continue to stay with H.I.M. and Empress Menen, that is all that you need right now.

    Blessed Unity.

    Empress Lioness. 19-9-2010

  3. tanya

    You are in our prayers. Buju a freedom we say!

  4. dem ah try sink di big singer vibes, but Jah nar sleep
    dem did ah try sink ras buju from ah longer time , but lets all keep di faith , dem got to free him one day soon …

    jah blesssss

  5. Trish

    they only keep movin da date cuz they have no real evidence. da case gonna get thrown out

  6. Ras Buju

    Keep on praying, for Jah live for the righteous. Rasta never die.

  7. andre T

    FREE BUJU BANTON!

  8. andre T

    It’s a long time coming but they can’t hold him forever. FREE BUJU BANTON… PLEASE!

  9. roy

    The judge is handing down the punishment prior to the trial, because they do not have enough evidence to sink the Gargamel. Maggots will try to hold you down my brother. Hold the faith and don’t forget, Jah will never let you down. Guys, let us keep on supporting the Gargamel… Chant and hail Jah and ask for guidance and protection for him!

  10. Pamela Bockholt

    We must all work together to keep Buju’s vibes high. Send him letters and cards. Send him love and light. Play his music. Only Jah know. Buju will overcome this obstacle in his life. He will be set free. Irie……

  11. Empress Lioness

    RASTAFARI!

    3-7-2010

    All of us that respect and take Rastafari seriously, know the importance of this sacred month in our Rastafari Cultural calendar.

    At this time I wish to send extra special words of LOVE and SPIRITUAL strength, to Gargamel, aka Buju Banton (B/B).

    I am looking to the Legal Team, working on another level now, to protect B/B human rights, and get his release from jail.

    Blessed. ONE LOVE.

    Empress Lioness, London, England.

  12. tunde saliu

    Irie Queen, I couldn’t have said that better. It’s getting clearer that this whole thing is a big plan to stop Buju Banton. But I n I know that the most high nah sleep!

  13. I WAS TOLD FROM THE BEGINNING, BY FRIENDS OF MINE IN TAMPA, THAT BUJU WILL NOT GET TREATED FAIRLY IN THAT ENVIRONMENT AND NOW I SEE THAT IT’S TRUE. THAT JUDGE OBVIOUSLY HAS SOME PERSONAL FEELINGS TOWARDS BUJU AND HE SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THIS TRIAL. IT’S CLEAR THAT THEY HAVE NO CASE & ARE DELAYING TO FIND SOMETHING. THE JUDGE & PROSECUTION SHOULD NOT BE WORKING TOGETHER. HOW CAN BUJU GET A FAIR TRIAL IN THIS SITUATION?

  14. patrice stewart

    The judge needs to be changed. I DO NOT TRUST HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Irie Queen

    RASTAFARI!

    I have to make it plain now, though not too plain as I know that this website is being viewed by people who are not supporters of Buju Banton (B/B), and do not want to see B/B released from jail.

    If the judge, and it seems from what I have just read on this website, cannot give an explanation for why B/B’s case has to be delayed for the 4th time, then that tells me, there is a CONSPIRACY against B/B by the Amerikan government.

    B/B’s legal team have to go deep now in to Amerikan Law and challenge how B/B’s case can be allowed to be delayed for further months, and get the case started June 21, 2010, as B/B and all of us where told that was going to be the commencement date of his court case.

    It is obvious to me what those that are against B/B are trying to do; they are trying to break B/B Spirit.

    All of B/B fans have to intensify their support for B/B at this crucial time.

    I for one, know what my duty is in this case.

    Gargmel, aka Buju Banton, LOVE YOU, STAY STRONG, KEEP THE FAITH, NEVER FORGET H.I.M and EMPRESS MENEN are WATCHING OVER YOU, despite the difficult circumstances, PLEASE KEEP YOURSELF TOGETHER.

    BLESSED LOVE.

    Irie Queen. 29-5-2010

    • Debi Jones

      WOW..Timing is everything, I just found this link and your post..just what I needed. Entrapment, even the word it self sounds evil. Conspiracy is another word, to conspire
      look at the 1st 3 letters CON Con artist, convict …..

      the act of conspiring.
      2.
      an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons; plot.
      3.
      a combination of persons for a secret, unlawful, or evil purpose: He joined the conspiracy to overthrow the government.
      4.
      Law . an agreement by two or more persons to commit a crime, fraud, or other wrongful act.
      5.
      any concurrence in action; combination in bringing about a given result.

  16. Benni

    This is totally inhumane! What’s wrong with this Moody Clot? Why is he so personal? SIR, LEAVE BUJU ALONE! Do your work fairly and leave your personal vendetta at home! Please, never bring it to work! Don’t need that!

  17. Cassandra Richards

    That judge has some kind of personal agenda. He needs to be more than investigated — someone is greasing his pocket!

  18. Marsha Hunt

    September is unacceptable. A reason for the delay should have been given. This is not a game. What happen to the right to a speedy trial?

  19. Jolie Jamz

    This is TOTALLY unexpected & inhumane!!! In September Buju would have been in jail for almost a year!!! In a developed country with a VERY speedy justice system I am not aware of this happening before. This appears to me to be a human rights issue. Buju Banton is a Jamaican citizen with RIGHTS that appear to be infringed. A man is innocent UNTIL proven guilty and ALL accused deserve and are assured a SPEEDY trial. I submit that Buju’s Defense should go the HUMAN RIGHTS route. It is the one most likely to rouse SYMPATHY and gain traction all ’round. Plus there is VERY FERTILE GROUND for this GROUSE. If they insist on delaying his trial, PUSH FOR BAIL!! BUT THE DEFENSE team should NOT come away form the JUNE 3rd hearing, if they are granted it, empty-handed!! RUBBISH!!!! JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED! EITHER TRY BUJU OR FREE HIM!! SIMPLE.

  20. That’s so wrong…tooooo wrong man, unbelievable! December to September just waiting!?? Don’t let it slide, please!

  21. Peta-Gay Thompson

    This is rubbish, Why does it take six months to start one trial, This seems unjust and they have no explanation…..Something wrong with Judge Moody, seems he has a personal vendetta against Buju…..needs to be investigated!!!!

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