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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.

Not good.


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.


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

On how you hire an attorney,
for the early voter in all of us:


The hiring of an attorney is something that should NOT be done without much thought and consideration. When hiring an attorney the citizens of the state of Florida should not be hiring a political zealot but should be seeking the best candidate available to them who will use his/her judgement in all legal matters concerning the state. It is the same thought process that you would employ when hiring an attorney for yourself or a family member. That is, when you hire a lawyer, you hire the best lawyer available, you don't hire an attorney simply because they are Democrat or Republican. Political party should be less important in the race for Attorney General. In all legal matters where the state is involved, the Office of the Attorney General represents our interest. This is the most important race in this election.

In this race Dan Gelber has the superior experience, backround and judgement to advocate for all the citizens of the State of Florida. Pam Bondi has no political experience, has inferior legal credentials, and is too politically partisan to represent all of our interest. On November 2, 2010, the citizens of the State of Floirda deserve the best advocate available for the entire state.

PAM BONDI IS NOT STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL CALIBER. You would not hire an attorney for yourself just because they are white or black, gay or straight, or Democrat or Republican. You would hire the best attorney available to you.

The State of Florida deserves the same.

The Fake Michaelle Gonzalez Paulson said...

Lol!!

Anonymous said...

what's up with that spanish shit on the Dolphin game sunday? what's next.

Fake Alschuler said...

It's all Buju all the time!!!! Yea!

Anonymous said...

Rump- two major gossip sites are reporting substantially this:

"Octomom's money problems are at an end as a famed 'Miami Leisure Lawyer' comes to the rescue with some much needed cash and a starting disclosure that the two are 'more than friends' ."

Can this possibly be true and don't you love the phrase "famed miami leisure lawyer?'

Anonymous said...

observation from north of the border:
We have all been there, your client is out on bond, refuses to take a cts plea offer, all of sudden for the "first time" the state realizes they can file enhancements and do. Client has to get affidavit from the bondsman to stay out or deal with the change in bond.

A seasoned RGJB regular is up on Friday in Broward for status on one of his cases. State drops several counts on his client's information dropping the bond from 5k to 1k. Client is out on bond. State argues to take client into custody due to change in bond status. Our Dade colleuge, a bit floored, keeps his composure and argues that the risk to the bondsman has changed; it it now lower, additionally, when you take someone into custody due to a change in bond, its so that they have to make the higher bond, what are we to do here? keep client in custody until bondsman issues him a refund???

Both the in-court State Attorney and the clerk roll thier eyes and snicker. "He must be new" they say. The Judge, in his wisdom, states, "I will agree to keep him out for one day if you can bring an affidavit from the bondsman that he is willing to keep him out on the new bond".

Im sorry, did I mention they dropped counts and his bond went down by 4k? Oh, and its a marijuana case.