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June 27, 2013
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Buju 'buss' gun case

Andre' Williams, STAR Writer

The gun possession charge against Reggae star Mark 'Buju Banton' Myrie was reversed yesterday in a Tampa court.

This follows revelations that a juror, Terri Wright, had researched an aspect of the law during the trial.

Yesterday, US District judge James S Moody Jr ruled that the gun charge be overturned as there was a case of jury misconduct. Moody recommended the filing of criminal contempt charges against the juror.

Buju's lawyer and newly elected Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, Chokwe Lumumba, has requested that the presiding judge set a new trial based on the damning allegations against Wright who was the jury forewoman.

Myrie was convicted in February of conspiring to set up a cocaine deal in Florida in 2009.

When the case was called up last month, a computer expert said he found no trace of research on Wright's computer hard drive. It was later revealed she had turned over the wrong hard drive.

According to the Miami New Times, Wright admitted to doing independent Internet research during the trial. Wright had also testified that the reporter misunderstood her, and that she conducted the research after the trial concluded.

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