U.S. Prosecutors: No Bond for Buju

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - March 6, 2011

Buju Banton a.k.a. Mark Myrie

The U.S. Government filed its response to Buju Banton’s motion for bond following his conviction last week in his high-profile narcotics trial. Assistant United States Attorney James Preston, Jr. argued that Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, was not entitled to the order Banton sought releasing him from custodial confinement during the pendency of his appeal.
According to Preston’s motion, Banton’s attorney. David Markus, ignored “the statutory mandates which set for the standards by which…bond pending sentence is to be determined.”
According to Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 3143(a)(2), a person who has been found guilty of the offense for which Banton was convicted must be detained unless there is there is a “substantial likelihood that a motion for acquittal or new trial will be granted.”
Last week, Banton filed his motion for a new trial, arguing that there was a lack of substantial evidence of conspiracy.

See the U.S. Government’s latest motion here.

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