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Buju changes lawyer

BY PAUL HENRY Crime/Court Desk co-ordinator henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 | 5:08 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Incarcerated Jamaican DJ Buju Banton has changed his long-time attorney David Oscar Markus, who has been representing him since his arrest in 2009.

His new lawyer is now Chokwe Lumumba from Mississippi, USA.

The change, Oscar Markus confirmed with the Jamaica Observer, took place over the last few days. Lumumba’s office also confirmed today that he was now Buju’s attorney.

“We are still brothers and I hope for him the very best,” Markus told the Observer.

Buju was convicted in February 2011 on gun and drug-related charges, and later sentenced to 10 year’s imprisonment. He subsequently lost his appeal and a bid for a new trial.

The appeal court also reinstated the gun conviction that the trial judge threw out. Buju is to be sentenced October 30 on the gun matter for which he could pick up an additional five years.

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