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BUJU BANTON case: Judge orders probe into juror misconduct

Imprisoned reggae artist BUJU BANTON, real name Mark Anthony Myrie, has started off the year with renewed hope in his ongoing battle for freedom.

Judge James Moody has ordered US Marshalls to expand their probe into alleged misconduct by juror Teri Wright. He also indicated that he will be probing other jurors involved in the case.

In violation of court orders, last year Wright told a journalist in South Florida that she would research aspects of the case when she left court.

Computers belonging to Wright will now be seized to allow a forensic expert to search for evidence that she had researched the Pinkerton Law over the internet.

Myrie’s attorney Kwame Lumumba told the Jamaica Observer: “The judge reserved his judgement and decided to expand the hearing as he needs more proof. We think that it was compelling that it was expanded and it gives us hope”

At the next court hearing Moody will rule on whether or not he will grant the singer’s legal team a new trial.

Myrie is currently serving a 10-year term after he was found guilty during a second trial in Tampa.