*A federal judge has denied reggae singer Buju Banton’s request for a new trial, saying there’s no need because of a previous appeals court ruling, reports the AP.
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In June, the federal appeals court in Atlanta upheld the Jamaican singer’s 2011 conviction on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges. The three-judge panel also sided with a Tampa jury’s conviction of Banton on a gun possession charge, which the trial judge tossed at his sentencing.
The appeals court rules that there was sufficient evidence to convict the singer, whose real name is Mark Myrie, on the gun charge.
Banton’s attorney had filed a motion in July seeking a new trial. Judge James Moody in Tampa denied that request Tuesday.
Banton is serving a 10-year prison sentence. The gun charge carries an additional five-year sentence.
*Hip hop mogul James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he ran a cocaine trafficking ring between Los Angeles and New York.
The CEO of New York-based Czar Entertainment was arraigned Wednesday in Brooklyn, reports the Associated Press.
Attorney Jeffrey Lichtman says his client is being framed. Prosecutors say the evidence includes secret recordings, e-mails and shipping records.
Rosemond was arrested last month and charged with running a criminal enterprise that shipped cocaine in music equipment cases, money laundering and obstruction.
Shortly before that, an Internet report attributed to a prisoner alleged Rosemond orchestrated a 1994 ambush that wounded Tupac Shakur outside a Manhattan recording studio. Rosemond denies any involvement and the criminal complaint against him makes no mention of that case.
*“Fugitive hip-hop mogul James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond, recently linked by an inmate to the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur outside a Manhattan recording studio, has been arrested on cocaine-dealing charges following a month-long manhunt.
Federal authorities said Tuesday that Drug Enforcement Administration agents had arrested Rosemond, owner of Czar Entertainment, in New York City outside the W Hotel in Union Square, where he was hiding in plain sight.
According to the New York Daily News, Rosemond tried to flee the hotel this morning, but was tackled by marshals and chipped a tooth when he fell. At press time, he was due in Brooklyn Federal Court.
In addition to the drug charges, Rosemond is accused of witness tampering and obstruction of justice, authorities said.
Last week, convicted killer Dexter Isaac claimed Rosemond ignited the East Coast-West Coast rap wars that left rappers Shakur and Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace shot to death.
According to Isaac, Rosemond paid him $2,500 to shoot and rob Shakur at a Times Square recording studio in November 1994. The fallout led to Shakur’s slaying in Las Vegas, and Wallace’s murder in Los Angeles.
Rosemond has denied the allegation, and charged that Isaac – currently serving a life sentence – was a federal informant. Rosemond’s lawyer has denied his client had any involvement in the shooting.
Shakur was gunned down two years later in Las Vegas in a slaying that remains unsolved.