A Judge in Tampa, Florida has overturned the gun possession conviction against Dancehall star Buju Banton. The Grammy winning artiste whose real name is Mark Myrie, had returned to court to get a new trial following revelations that a juror had researched an aspect
of the law during the trial. On Wednesday, James S. Moody Jr., the U.S. District Judge,. ruled that the gun charge be overturned as there was a case of jury misconduct. He also recommended the filing of criminal contempt charges against the juror.
Moody’s ruling follows allegations that juror Terri Wright conducted improper research during the 2011 trial. A South Florida newspaper, Miami New Times, reported that Wright who was the jury fore woman,admitted to doing independent Internet research during the trial.
Defense attorneys for Banton, argued that such research would be grounds for a new trial.Wright testified that the reporter misunderstood her, and that she conducted the research after the trial concluded.
The government has the option of refiling the gun possession charges against Buju who was convicted in 2011, of trying to set up a deal to buy 11 pounds of cocaine. He’s serving a prison sentence of 10 years.