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Juror misconduct alleged in Buju Banton case

1:34 PM, Oct 31, 2012   |    comments
Reggae star Buju Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was convicted for conspiring to set up a cocaine deal in Florida.
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TAMPA, Florida (AP) - A federal judge in Florida has postponed a re-sentencing hearing for Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton to investigate a report of juror misconduct.

Banton is serving a 10-year prison sentence on two drug charges. The Grammy winner faces an additional five years on a related gun possession charge.

Meanwhile, a juror from Banton's 2011 trial was quoted in the weekly Miami New Times as saying she did independent research into the case, in spite of the judge's orders not to.

Banton's attorneys are asking U.S. District Judge James Moody to grant a new trial. They argued Tuesday that the juror's research may have affected the jury's deliberations.

The Tampa Tribune reports that prosecutors have suggested scheduling a hearing where the court and lawyers could question jurors.

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