​Buju Banton Gun Conviction Overturned

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July 1, 2013

Jamaican reggae musician Buju Banton, born Mark Anthony Myrie, is facing one less conviction due to a juror’s criminal contempt.

Last week, the jury foreman from the performers 2011 trial was charged with criminal contempt. Terri Wright allegedly did research on the case and shared it with his fellow jurors.

Florida U.S. District Judge James S. Moody had no choice but to overturn Banton’s gun conviction. However, he did not throw out the Grammy winners 10 year drug conviction.

“We are thinking of filing an appeal to have his drug conviction overturned,” said Banton’s attorney, Chokwe Lumumba. “However, we have not made a decision as yet. In a couple of days, we will decide on which course to take.”

Banton has already served 40 months of his 10-year prison sentence.

The juror could face a fine and up to six years in prison for his criminal contempt charge.