Buju Banton Continues to Face Setbacks, Trial Finally Begins

09.17.10 Bucky Turco

Buju just can’t catch a break. Although his cocaine trial will start Monday after numerous delays spanning several months, it’s being reported that both his co-defendants will now turn state’s evidence and testify against him in exchange for reduced sentences. Superstar defense lawyer David Oscar Markus will argue that the government entrapped his client with an informant who basically makes a living working for the DEA and was paid $35,000 to help snag the dancehall legend.

Despite all the obstacles, his attorney says that his client is innocent, telling the Observer: “This is a federal court and we are as confident as you can be in a federal court. Buju is innocent and we are hoping the jury will see through the Government’s charade.” Free Buju!