The latest attempt by Grammy-winning reggae superstar, Buju Banton to trigger a new trial in his drug case has fallen on deaf ears after a Florida appellate court threw out his appeal to have his conviction overturned.
The ruling came down on Wednesday at a hearing in Tampa, nearly two months after his legal team were successfully granted a request to make oral arguments on the singer’s behalf in favour of a new trial. The appeal and arguments were based on the grounds that a juror in Buju’s 2011 drug trial was found to have unlawfully research aspects of his case during the trial as well as claiming that the legendary entertainer had been entrapped by an American government informant.
According to the appellate court, it does not have the jurisdiction to hear such an appeal.
There is no word yet from Buju’s legal team, headed by Charles Ogletree, what the next course of action will be.
Buju has been in custody in the United States since December 2009, when he was arrested following a sting operation at a drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) controlled warehouse in Tampa.
He was convicted in February 2011 on three drug charges and was sentenced to 10 years in prison later that year.
His release date is set for February 1, 2019