Buju Banton walking into court. (Photo by Paul Henry)
FLORIDA, USA — When Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton reappears in the Sam M Gibbons Federal Court in Tampa for the start of his drug and gun trial this morning, he does so with what appears to be a deck stacked against him.
Just last week, Judge Jim Moody ruled against a motion by Buju’s legal team seeking to dismiss a superseding indictment. As a result of the ruling by Moody, who will preside over the trial, Buju will now be facing four counts instead of the two for which he was originally tried last September.