*O.J. Simpson has asked a judge to grant him a retrial over allegations he was poorly represented by his former legal team.
The disgraced NFL star is currently serving a lengthy prison sentence in Nevada following his 2008 conviction for masterminding a heist on two sports memorabilia dealers’ at a Las Vegas hotel.
The 64-year-old, who is serving nine to 33 years behind bars, previously lost an appeal against his conviction, but he now has a new lawyer, Patricia Palm, who filed paperwork on Tuesday at Clark County District Court in Las Vegas claiming O.J.’s case was mishandled by his previous legal team and he deserves another day in court.
The case for a retrial will be heard by Clark County District Court Judge Kathleen Delaney in Las Vegas on July 3, according to the Associated Press.
*As far as Buju Banton is concerned, it boils down to this. He lied about being able to move drugs to an undercover cop he met on a flight from Spain.
Yesterday he told the all-white jury in his second trial that he’s ashamed of his actions and that they were nothing but boasts.
Stephen Marley was among the witnesses testifying about Banton’s character on the reggae star’s behalf. He faces life in prison if he’s found guilty.
Closing arguments are expected to continue on Friday in the trial of the 37-year-old Jamaican dancehall musician.
*Who knew embattled reggae star Buju Banton was up for and won a Grammy on Sunday? Yep, he won the Best Reggae Album Grammy for “Before the Dawn.” While we’re sure he’s grateful for that bit of good news, he’s also got the super serious issue of being tried of drug trafficking charges to deal with.
Actually, beginning yesterday, jury selection for Banton’s new trial began in Tampa, Fla., the state where Buju was arrested for allegedly possessing and attempting to distribute over 5 kilos of cocaine.
The selection process took two hours, during which time 14 jurors were selected to sit on the panel for the retrial, according to boombox.com. Though the jury is largely white, the jurors have sworn in court that race will not play a factor in the case, nor will Banton’s celebrity status have an impact on their decision.
“Buju is optimistic and hopeful,” said his attorney, David Markus. “He is in good spirits. He is a rock. No one realizes how hard it is to fight the federal government in one trial, let alone two.”
In the retrial, the reggae star faces additional charges of attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense and using the wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offense.
“The prosecution is trying the oldest trick in the book: They are throwing everything against the wall hoping that something sticks and it’s not going to work,” said Markus.
The retrial is expected to last a week or two. If convicted, Banton could face 20 years in prison.
*Dancehall sensation, Buju Banton who was arrested some time ago for cocaine charges, has been released on bail, posted by his fellow reggae artist Stephen Marley.
Banton allegedly was conspiring to buy cocaine from an undercover federal agent last year in December. Just this past September, he went to trial but the jury could not come up with a verdict. While the case was declared a mistrial, the artist was unable to post bail. Marley, being the friend he is, posted $300,000 worth of equity of his own home as bond.
Banton’s lawyer, David Oscar Markus, told the Associated Press that he is happy that his client is able to return to his Florida home, to prepare for his February retrial.
“We’re thrilled that Buju will have some time to regroup before we try this case again,” Markus said.
The singer’s freedom is temporary and will be restricted until he goes to trial again. He’s not allowed to leave the country until then.
*So Wesley Snipes said he ain’t going to jail for owing Uncle Sam a dime. He believes he wasn’t given a fair trial and is now filing new documents requesting a new one.
The actor was originally sentenced to serve three years in prison, but he said that something wasn’t right about his trial. He said there was some “jury misconduct” going down and supposedly has the emails to prove it.
TMZ reported that the documents Snipes has unveiled show that an email conversation between jurors declared him guilty before the trial even began.
According to the celebrity news site, Snipes says the government failed to disclose that the key witness against him — his former accountant Kenneth Starr — was actually under investigation for engaging in “criminal activities of conspiring to evade income taxes” with another client.
So, now he is recollecting himself and possibly preparing for a new trial.
All we can say is good luck.