Monday, September 27, 2010
BUJU'S LAST STAND?
HUNG- A mistrial has been declared, DOM has hung the jury. He is filing an application for bond, and a new trial date will be set. No word yet on the rumors about what the split was.
Well Done DOM. Keep fighting the good fight chap.
TAMPA UPDATE: Jury says their deadlocked and forewoman tells judge she does not have hope for a resolution. Markus moves for mistrial (denied); Judge reads Allen charge. See,
Allen v. United States,164 U.S. 492, 501-502, 17 S.Ct. 154, 41 L.Ed. 528 (1896)
UPDATE: Buju hangin?
The jurors sent this note this morning to the judge:
Just for informational purposes," the note said, "we are still split on a decision and after reviewing evidence, nobody has changed their minds from our original vote on Thursday."
Rumpole says: we knew there was a problem ever since they ordered lunch on Thursday:
6 cheeseburgers, 6 hamburgers; six Cokes, six Pepsis. Old lawyers joke.
Good Monday morning!!! While the Reggae world watches and hopes, Buju Banton sits in a lonely holding cell in Federal Court in Tampa while a jury decides his fate.
You know what they say: "You can beat the rap, but you can't beat the ride."
Good luck to Buju and Mr. Markus. We have high hopes now that they dodged the dreaded Friday verdict curse.
Not to be a downer, but here's why we are in real trouble: NY Time columnist Thomas Friedman points out five "Moon Shot" type programs the Chinese are engaged in: Transportation- from modern airports to high speed rail to electric batteries (with US investors); Genetic sequencing (with the 128 DNA sequencers ordered from the USA)....and several others.
Meanwhile, the US has it's own "Moon Shot" type project: Afghanistan.
Sorry to start the Monday off with such bad news. But cheer up, there's always Tuesday (and a great MNF game.)
See you in court.