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BUJU BANTON awaits ruling on mistrial request

A Florida juror who voted to convict Mark Myrie, better known as BUJU BANTON, on drug charges has denied improperly researching the case during trial, despite a newspaper's report that quoted her as saying that she did.

The Jamaican singer is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for his convictions on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges arising from his arrest in 2009. He faces an additional five years for his conviction on a related gun possession charge.

Myrie’s attorneys have since filed a motion in Tampa federal court seeking a new trial.

During the trial jurors were told not to do any independent research into the case, however Terri Wright, a juror from Myrie’s 2011 trial, was quoted in the Miami New Times as saying that she researched parts of the case even though the judge had ordered jurors not to.

She told the paper: “I would get in the car, just write my notes down so I could remember, and I would come home and do the research”.

As reported by the Associated Press, New Times reporter Chris Sweeney also testified that he interviewed several jurors and provided the court with a recording of his interview with Wright.

However, Wright said she sent Sweeney a text message after seeing his story, saying there had been “a huge misunderstanding” with Sweeney's questions. The text message also read: “I did not violate the judge's instructions with this case. I did my research AFTER the case was over and the verdict was given, NOT during the case. . I trusted you and now feel totally betrayed.”

US district judge James Moody reserved judgment on Thursday on the defence motion.

For the full report, check out the AP article.

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