US court upholds Banton’s conviction

June 22, 2012, Friday/ 17:04:00/ AP

A federal appeals court has upheld Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton’s conviction on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges.

Banton’s attorney, David O. Markus, argued that a government informant had improperly entrapped the Grammy-winning singer. A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled Thursday that the evidence supported Banton’s 2011 conviction. The panel also agreed with the jury’s conviction of Banton on a gun possession charge, which the trial judge had dismissed after the verdict was read. The judges rejected Banton’s argument that his right to a speedy trial had been violated.

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