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New spin on BUJU BANTON misconduct case

The 'juror misconduct' hearing involving Jamaican musician BUJU BANTON, real name Mark Myrie, resumed in Florida this week and took a new twist.

A juror who sat on the 2011 drug trial where Myrie was convicted, testified that the reported misconduct by foreman Teri Wright was discussed in the jury room.

Judge James Moody will now have to ascertain whether the deejay was unfairly tried after Wright reportedly breached orders.

It has been alleged that Wright told a journalist that she researched aspects of the case after each day of the trial. If the allegation turns out to be true, the action would be a direct violation of the judge’s orders.

Myrie’s attorney Chukwe Lumumba told the Jamaica Observer that eight jurors who were sequestered for the singer’s second drug-related trial gave conflicting evidence about Wright's alleged misconduct.

Lumumba said: “One juror said he knew nothing about what Wright did but another threw a spanner in the works after he said it was discussed in the jury room. Everything still hangs in the air.”

For the full story, check out the Jamaica Observer report.