There is new hope for incarcerated reggae star Buju Banton, as he will return to court on June 26, 2013.
Federal Judge James Moody Jr. has ordered the Grammy-winning singer, as well as, embattled juror Teri Wright to appeared in court on the same day in relation to the ongoing juror misconduct case.
Buju, who’s real name is Mark Myrie, was ordered to appear by Judge James Moody along with Terri Wright, the juror who is alleged to have violated court orders during the singjay’s February 2011 drug trial. The date was set late last Tuesday, just over two weeks after a new development in the case in which a forensic expert hired by Banton concluded that she brought a desktop computer hard drive for examination of her alleged misconduct instead of a laptop she used during the trial.
Buju Banton and his legal team headed by Chokwe Lumumba, are requesting a new trial on the grounds of a juror misconduct.
Teri Wright, who helped put Buju Banton behind bars for 10 years, told a South Florida journalist last year that she researched aspects of the case during the trial. However, a massive dent was dealt to Buju Banton case against the juror last month when a computer expert found no trace of research on her computer hard drive.
Wright admitted to a Florida newspaper last fall that she researched aspects of Buju’s case, but later insisted this took place three weeks after the trial concluded. She has now been summoned to court to answer the forensic expert’s findings as well as issues raised in a motion filed by Buju’s legal team pertaining to a new trial.
Buju is still set to serve six more years of a ten-year sentence on drug-related charges stemming from a December 2009 incident in Florida. A gun charge, which would add and additional five years to his sentence was thrown out during the initial ruling, however, has been reinstated following a failed appeal on his conviction.
However, the hearing was postponed after Buju’s team successfully filed an application to investigate the alleged misconduct.
Judge James Moody is expected to hand down a ruling on June 26.