Buju Banton Hires David Oscar Markus!

Jailed Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton has hired none other than our own Mr. Markus:

Tracii McGregor, president of Banton’s Gargamel Music Incorporated, is quoted as telling the CaribWorldNews.com website grey_loader-4256818 : “We’re going to get him the top legal representation there is. We are ready to fight.”

Last weekend, BET News said Marcus will lead the team to get Banton off charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute just over five kilograms of cocaine. He was arrested by Drug Enforcement Administration officers on December 10 in Sarasota, Florida, and charged one week later in a Miami court.

The singjay is best known for the 1995 album, Til Shiloh, and songs like Deportee, Untold Stories and Murderer. He is facing a lengthy prison term if convicted.

Among top 40 under 40

The 36-year-old Markus is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and has been involved in several high-profile cases. His success rate has earned him recognition from respected publications such as the National Law Review, which named him among the Top 40 Litigators Under 40 in the United States.

Since 2007, Markus has been cited as one of the US’s leading criminal defence lawyers. Among his clients were Gilberto and Miguel Rodriquez-Orejuela, brothers and alleged founders of the infamous Cali Cartel which operated a multibillion-dollar cocaine trade in Colombia during the1970s and 1980s.

In February, he successfully represented Dr Ali Shaygan who was charged with 141 counts of illegally selling pain medication. Shaygan was acquitted of all charges, and he and his lawyers awarded damages of US$600,000.

What nice press!

Let me say this — if Markus gets Banton off I for one will lead the smoke-filled victory parade right down the main streets of Kingston (ok, Hedonism III but it’s the same sentiment).