Mistrial Declared in Buju Banton Drug Case
Wed, 29 Sep 2010 11:01:33
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The Associate Press reports that a Florida judge declared a mistrial for Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton, who was accused of conspiring to buy cocaine from an undercover police officer last year. The judge in the case made the decision to declare a mistrial after the jury sent him a note saying they were unable to reach a verdict. The jurors had previously alerted the judge that they were having a hard time reaching an agreement but the judge asked them to deliberate further.
The jurors declined to tell reporters about their deliberations.
Banton's attorney has asked the judge to release Banton on bond. He has been held without bond since his December 10 arrest. The attorneys and the judge are discussing scheduling a new trial for December.
Banton, a four-time Grammy nominee, had been charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and aiding two others in possessing a firearm during the course of cocaine distribution. He faced up to life in prison.
Banton's new album, Before the Dawn, is out now. The album's 10 songs, including one titled "Innocent," were recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, last year before Banton's arrest.
What's next for Buju Banton? Will he ever go free?