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Thursday, September 23, 2010

BUJU JURY JAMMIN

UPDATE: ON TO MONDAY. DOM keeps the jury out Friday and through the weekend!! Well done Mr. Markus!! The jury was dismissed for the weekend today and deliberations will resume 8:45 am Monday. We'll keep our fingers crossed all weekend.


Well, Mr. Markus kept the jury out Thursday in the trial of Reggae Star Buju Banton.

The jury returns Friday, and while we wish Mr. Markus and his client the very best, we loathe Friday verdicts.

Earlier DOM put his client on the stand to testify that he was just jammin...the tapes were just talk. "I was trying to impress this guy (the informant). I wasn't going to let him outtalk me" said Buju.


JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ACCUSED:
USA today has done an analysis of the DOJ and found a "glaring pattern of misconduct" in criminal cases, usually revolving around discovery violations.

Rumpole notes: What do expect with the Jenks act that doesn't require disclosure of most relevant documents until your client has served one year in prison? Or something like that. Actually most state prosecutors and clients are amazed and astounded to learn that the Jenks act doesn't require disclosure of the most routine documents, like prior statements, testimony, and reports, until after (and we are not making that up) the witness testifies on direct examination. Who in the world thought up that ridiculous procedure? The question is, "what is the government afraid of"? If you want to fix the federal criminal justice system, start with amending the Jenks act.

In other news, perhaps the Captain can keep an eye on the internet and post the verdict. We are actually across the pond...on the continent....long story about a client and a ship. But internet access is spotty, and it might be awhile before we update.

See ya back in the states.


12 comments:

Anonymous said...

i gotta tell u - based on those facts i would vote ng.

Street prophet said...

Blessing from Jamaica. I am eagerly following up this case as are hundreds of thousands of Jamaicans.... I can only say Only Jah knows the whole truth but i hope correct justice is served and if the artist cant be proven without a shadow of doubt that Buju be freed to either a second chance to do right or a second chance to avoid wrong company....
lol he couldn't allow the informant to out talk him!!!
Love and respect!!!!

mikal said...

Read the book "Three Felonies A Day" for a chilling look at the expansion of the DOJ's powers. It seems as if the Feds now target someone and then "expand" the law to get their guy.

The Feds have pretty much unlimited power: the attorneys are never disbarred for misconduct or malfeasance (the prosecution of the late Senator Stevens from Alaska), and federal agents are pretty much immune from prosecution as well, even if it is clear they committed murder (Ruby Ridge).

In DOM's case, I hope he walks his guy. I think the defense is a novel one - can't let an informant out talk a rapper - but I still believe that talking smack shouldn't be prosecuted. Aren't there bigger fish to fry than this clown?

Anonymous said...

co d's plead guilty and noone cooperate?? buju got juice....

Anonymous said...

i hope that nasty bigot buju goes down.

Anonymous said...

Rump, i have never seen DOM in trial. Is he any good?

Anonymous said...

Rumps-the Javier Rivas 3rd DCA opinion from 9/1/10 is a doozy. I'm surprised you didn't highlight it for everyone. Maybe you were out galavanting across Europa.
Anyway quite unreal that the State (I believe Reid Rubin) wanted to have the State execute the guy under those circumstances. How much blood do they need on their hands? I mean damn Life is Life.

Rumpole said...

I would wager he is great. He walked into a fed trial against a prosecution team that filed an additional 90 some odd counts after he told them to go to hell with their threats and filed a motion to suppress. He won the motion, won the trial, got a snitch to admit that the feds taped him-Markus- and not only got a not guilty, but got the prosecution team referred to the bar by Judge Gold.

Yeah, I wouldn't want to mess with him.

Anonymous said...

Rump, concerning DOM, just so you know, i tried to refer him a case, money was not a problem, and he refused it. It was a decent case; Either he is very busy or very careful about the cases he signs onto.

Anonymous said...

7:35-- Dave in court is outstanding.

Marty Kohn said...

Master of the obvious at 7:03, what do you think?!

public eye said...

buju lawyer is a very good one and should be commended for the job he has done so far. but i think this case should be a human rights matter and violation of buju's human rights by the gays who have set him up.