After the gun count was dismissed, Buju was sentenced to ten years on the two remaining drug charges.

This summer, however, an Atlanta appeals court, at the behest of the federal prosecutor, overturned Moody's decision. The judge has few options but to add the mandatory five years to Buju's sentence later this month.

Even Susan Devlin, a bespectacled redhead and one of the two jurors who initially voted guilty, is queasy over the prospect of the reggae star's getting more time. "None of us thought that he had anything to do with [the gun]," she says. "When the judge threw it out, I thought, 'That's good,' because we really didn't want to charge him with the gun."

In light of these revelations from jurors, one can't help but wonder why the feds have gone to such extremes to lock up one of the most critically important voices to come out of Jamaica since Bob Marley. (Of course, Buju is also well-known for homophobic lyrics, which have angered almost as many people as his songs have pleased.)

Options are running out, but Chokwe Lumumba , Buju's newly appointed attorney, is already planning an appeal. "The result on the gun charge is obviously unjust. And I can see full well why the judge saw fit to throw it out," Lumumba says. "Buju wasn't even there when the gun was possessed. There's very flimsy evidence as far as we can see that he would have actually known what was going on."

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makh2000
makh2000

This man has actually participated in gay bashing, not just in his music. I don't agree with the harsh sentence but I don't feel much sympathy for him.

taranee_jiles
taranee_jiles

@ConnectNSwap, please DO NOT communicate on here to join that WebSite. Buju doesn't want any part of this! This comes from Buju directly, please grant his wishes. And check with his lawyer, if you don't believe me.....

SinnamonS
SinnamonS

@afrobella WOW That sucks!!! I didnt know where he went

NFLGoodwitch
NFLGoodwitch

@afrobella wow! I was wondering how long he had left. I swear 90s/early 00s dancehall artists have had a tough past 10 years.

gaboghom
gaboghom

@Buju_Banton Jah knows you are innocent Buju!! Anybody could have been set up just same way as you!! Jah will free you soon!!

ConnectNSwap
ConnectNSwap

@cbsweeney Respect Sir 4 informing the public regarding Mr. Myrie's case. Will U attend the Re-Sentencing on 30.October ?

afrobella
afrobella

@PritchettShoes agreed. Completely

cbsweeney
cbsweeney

@ConnectNSwap Not sure yet. I'd like to, but we'll see what the bosses say...

PritchettShoes
PritchettShoes

@afrobella Think I'll go listen to Till Shiloh on the way home just because. :/

 
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