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US government responds to Buju's appeal
2012-02-13 09:49:06 | (0 Comments)
MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. government says plenty of evidence supports a federal jury's conviction of Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton, on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges.
Jamaican reggae superstar Buju Banton - File.
Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is appealing the February 2011 conviction.
Defense attorney David O. Markus says his client was relentlessly pursued by a government informant, resulting in improper entrapment.
Federal prosecutors filed their response Friday in Atlanta's federal appeals court.
Prosecutors say Banton's words and actions, in recorded conversations and a videotaped meeting in a Sarasota, Florida warehouse, where Banton tasted some cocaine, revealed the singer "eagerly brokered" a drug deal between a friend and undercover government agents.
They also asked the appeals court to reverse a judge's decision to toss a related gun charge.
Banton is serving a 10-year prison sentence.
Source: The Gleaner/Power 106 News
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