Jamaican Reggae star Buju Banton, will
spend another week in the Pinellas County Jail in Tampa, Florida before he will
know if he will be granted bail.
U.S. Judge Anthony Porcelli has reserved
judgement in the bail hearing for the artiste and said he would make a ruling
Porcelli said he wanted to
thoroughly review the arguments put forth by the defence and prosecution before
making a judgement.
Banton’s lawyer David Markus, is
contending that his client is not a flight risk because of his popularity
and says he will seek a bond in an immigration court if Banton is given
But prosecutor James Preston is
staunchly opposing bail on the grounds that Banton is indeed a flight risk and
asked for the application to be thrown out without a hearing.
Banton has been in jail since
December last year when he arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess with
intent to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine.
Last week a panel of jurors failed
to arrive at a unanimous verdict forcing the case to end in a mistrial.
A date in December has been set for
a retrial but Porcellii did not set a date Wednesday.
It is expected that the date will
be set when the ruling is made next week.