Friday, November 2, 2012
The re-sentencing of Grammy award-winning reggae artiste Buju Banton has been postponed.
The artiste, whose given name is Mark Myrie, should have been re-sentenced in the Sam M Gibbons federal court in Tampa Florida on October 30.
The sentencing hearing was put off on the request of Buju's lawyer; Chokwe Lumumba, who applied for an investigation into allegations of misconduct on the part of a juror.
The attorneys are asking the judge to consider a lower sentence as well as a motion for a new trial. The motion for a new trial takes precedence over a new sentencing.
A hearing will also be held to consider the possible impropriety of the juror's conduct in the trial.
A new date has not been set for the sentencing.
The re-sentencing is a result of an appeals court imposing the gun conviction that was thrown out by Judge Jim Moody last year in relation to the artiste's drug conviction.