Buju Banton just lucked out. The reggae singer had been charged with a gun conviction from a 2011 trial, but U.S. District Judge James S. Moody recently opted to overturn the charge.
The reason? It turns out Terri Wright, a jury foreman, allegedly did independent research while serving on the case and shared it with the other jurors. Wright has now been charged with criminal contempt.
The drug conviction against Banton, for which he is serving 10 years in prison, still stands. Banton’s attorney reportedly says they are considering filing an appeal to overturn that as well, though a decision has not been made. Banton may face a retrial.
Banton has currently served 40 months of his sentence, which was over a cocaine conspiracy and trafficking. Wright is now looking at a fine and a maximum of six years in prison.