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Buju's lawyer slams to US Gov't's efforts to quash appeal

APPEAL: Reggae star Buju Banton, left, and his attorney David Oscar Markus after leaving the United States Middle District Court, Florida Division in Tampa.

BUJU BANTON’S lawyer says that the US government does not evidence to convict the reggae star on drug and gun charges despite their recent claims.

Last month David Oscar Markus filed an appeal on behalf of his superstar client, but was shot down by the American Government who said they sufficient evidence to secure a conviction and subsequently asked the courts to ignore Markus’ plea.

The state, through Assistant US Attorney James Preston, said there was more than enough evidence to convict Buju, real name Mark Myrie, and suggested that the courts should rethink throwing out a gun charge the prosecution had tacked on to the charges during a second trial.

Last year Buju Banton was sentenced to 10 years in a United States federal prison for conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine. In addition to the conspiracy charge, Banton was also found guilty of another drug trafficking offense and a gun charge.

Markus has this week responded to the prosecution's cross-appeal, saying the document did not refute their failure to prove Myrie's guilt.

He has also restated his claim that Buju was entrapped by a nefarious government agent and that the star’s right to a speedy trial was violated and that the acquittal on the gun charge issue was the correct one.

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