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Buju Bantons granted an appeal hearing

buju bantonA U.S. federal appellate court has agreed to a new hearing on the latest appeal of convicted reggae superstar Buju Banton.

The Grammy-winning singer is serving a 10-year sentence for convictions on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges stemming from a 2009 arrest that followed a sting operation. He was convicted in 2011 after his first trial in 2010 ended with jurors deadlocked.

In 2012, a panel of the appellate court upheld Banton’s convictions. His former defence lawyer had argued that a government informant improperly entrapped the singer.

It’s not clear when the hearing will take place.


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