Saturday, May 29, 2010
Buju Banton postpone to September 2010
It’s a long journey, and apparently a mighty long way to go for dancehall/reggae deejay Buju Banton, who has been jailed in the U.S. since his arrest on Federal drug charges in Florida in December, 2009.
A federal judge has once again changed the trial date for Banton’s trial, this time without giving a reason. Banton’s trial was originally scheduled to begin on April 19, but 11 days before the trial was set to start, it was moved to June 21. And today, it was announced that the case has now been moved to the September trial calendar. The actual trial date will reportedly be set at a status conference in August.
As he did in April, Banton’s attorney – David Oscar Markus – has filed an objection, saying the change violates the federal Speedy Trial Act. This law requires that a criminal defendant’s trial start within 70 days of him being charged or makes an initial appearance, whichever is later. Markus has also cited the cost of rearranging travel plans for its witnesses. It is not immediately clear if this objection was denied or if it will be heard soon.