Buju Banton's Attorney: "We Had Ten Really Good Issues for the Appeal"

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The Department of Justice should have filed a response to Buju Banton's appeal on Friday, but as has been the government's style throughout the more than two-year-long saga, it's dragging its heels.

Now federal prosecutors have until February 10 to counter arguments made in the hulking, 17,000-word appeal. 
"We had ten really good issues for the appeal, literally ten," Markus said in a recent interview with New Times. "If you raise ten issues, I think it takes away from the central issues in the case. So we decided to keep it to our three best."

Among the core issues of the appeal, which Markus filed at the end of December, are whether a shady confidential informant entrapped the reggae artist and whether Banton was denied his constitutional right to a speedy trial.

Buju's appeal raises several other concerns, including that the government has been vindictive in its pursuit of a conviction.

A Tampa jury found Buju guilty of three counts in February 2010, including possession of a gun.

The gun in question was hidden in the car of James Mack, a man Buju had never met or spoken with. But, as previously discussed on this blog, Judge James Moody tossed the gun charge because Buju was hundreds of miles away from the drug deal and had no way of knowing that Mack decided to pack heat for his drive from Georgia to a Sarasota warehouse, where he attempted to buy several kilos.

The government, however, filed a cross-notice of appeal, which allows it to challenge Moody's decision to toss out the gun charge.

It has not yet been determined if the governemnt will actually challenge Moody's decision, but doing so would only seem to bolster Markus' argument of vindictiveness.

Markus and his team will get one last chance to respond after the DOJ submits its response in February.

The United States Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta will be tasked with reviewing and ruling on the appeal.

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I,Edward Baltimore and by Law is in favor that Fla.let Buju Banton free,instantly and @ once;cause this Jamaican decent has enough money to be it's own Manufacturer;that even his lawyers isn't privy to,for not knowing what is {H.R.7152}?;which is Buju's first and only request for all involved to have known,before come messing around with the artist I seen the summer prior in and @ DC's Jamaican's Festival,which was a whole day of love ballets and Electric slide,and this music you just can't hide;I'm taking Buju back to Jamaica free,all I ask is that America,before,messing around black folk,for what you've never taught your won white kids;blacks has no part of your hatred any longer or anymore;Buju is his own Manufacturer,cause with that type of money,which is his,he can do what he choose,and being his own Manufacturer is legit,and it shouldn't be if you're Edward Baltimore;whom is running adamantly for Mayor of DC;to stop the mobbism that Jesse-ism and Biden-schims has forced on the least of these,now for America to be idol jealous of this brother as with even the children in America,who gets floundered everyday,and having no Rights,for never being taught,same for Barack Oppressor,to let poor whites which he isn't in control of,cause he's under the offsprings of Jesse-ism,in Jesse-boom-shacka-lacka-ism,in which again Jesse-ism is in charge of for this brother's fate,but have nothing to do with him cause the Jamaican decent brother has more money than Jesse,so he's automatically idol jealous of this and every Black person,is why Clarence Thomas is on the Italian led court,in America,which is all Treason,and them all if I had Buju to put his efforts toward the call of Justice,as I have the saving power in I studies to free masses of Blacks,whom actually think the clay whom is all of you,are better than the potter whom GOD has blessed I to be,over all of you and 42 times smarter than all of you put together,@ any given time,is Edward Baltimore for Mayor of DC;that all of you need to converge onto DC;to make I Mayor of DC;in 30 days and less;so you can see how free Buju has always been and that the raiding forces,has stepped on properties they must return to I Jamaican brothers,and Islanders whom has been falsely and wrongly deported,is starting with freeing Buju Banton;who needs I help in Civics,cause he's his own Manufacturer of the scientific name of cocaine,and that what he did and is doing is all legal,until America should of known his Rights will America get sued for taking this Musician of fine Reggae sounds which is worldwide known,out of jail and back with his family asap;and by the time I write again;I would have faxed the Laws over to Jamaica's Embassy here in America,that they came to pay I for,but racism has taken a toll on the demonic control hatred has on a deprived and frightened People;as all of you are,where I'm here to save the children,and where America is promoting gayism,over Civics,is a sad time and you racist foreign fugitive medias must submit to what is {H.R.7152};cause you all haven't been certified nor bona-fide to print in America,moreless,write a lie about a black's life;where all of you are guilty of more heinous crimes and are fugitives to my Civil Action sauits that's in all the caughts in DC;and where no white or negrid slave is black  enough to exwert the one-drop of black blood they have left from a 1968 to present draining and straining of our blackness daily,is Buju caught-up in and he's,his own Manufacturer is why the amount that America should of afforded Buju his Rights;just as erb is a free exercise and healing of the Nations;in letting I People go!!!!!!!Edward Baltimore for Mayor of DC;call I @ 202-200-8612;I welcome Buju's lawyers or Buju get other lawyers whom will answer I call;and write I @ 425 D.St.NW.WDC>20001;and Jamaicans do have to stop acting like I'm not the President already,and that all of the world owes I for their free dominion and never have racism practice on you nor your families lives ever,is Edward Baltimore;Mayor of DC;for life,or AS CURRENT gOVERNOR ASone brother calls i already;setting the captives free,and give me what is mine!!!!!!!give me!!!!!!!

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