September 26

Could Buju walk free? Government error may trigger dismissal of artiste’s case

first_img 16 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share EntertainmentNewsRegional Could Buju walk free? Government error may trigger dismissal of artiste’s case by: – December 21, 2011 Buju Banton.Embattled Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Mark Myrie, more popularly known as Buju Banton may have a lifeline after all following the revelation on Tuesday that an alleged United States government mishap could trigger the dismissal of his case.According to media reports, Buju Banton could walk free from his conviction and subsequent ten year sentence on drug-related charges after the discovery that the U.S. government may have violated the Speedy Trial Act. The act states that any defendant involved in a case must be brought to trial by the government within a 70 day window; a right guaranteed under the Sixth Amendment in the American constitution. Additionally, said right is generally afforded to defendants so that they not subjected to unreasonably lengthy incarceration prior to a fair trial.Buju Banton’s first trial took place in September 2010, nine months after his initial arrest by law enforcement officials in Florida and four months after Judge James Moody pushed back Buju’s initial court date without giving any specifics regarding why the case was postponed. His second trial, where he was later convicted, took place in February of this year, four months after he was granted bail in the case.The U.S Supreme Court has developed a four part test considering length of the delay, the reasons for the delay, the defendant’s assertion of his right to a speedy trial, and the prejudice to the defendant in judging speedy trial claims. Any violations of the Speedy Trial Act could spark the dismissal of a criminal case given the state’s inability to bring the case to trial within a reasonable amount of time.Buju Banton’s legal team filed an appeal last week in a Georgia appeals court, citing violation of said act whilst intimating that the prominent Reggae singjay was not a willing participant in any drug conspiracy.Buju Banton was sentenced to ten years in prison this past February on three drug-related charges stemming from a December 2009 incident where he allegedly conspired to organize a drug deal within a police controlled warehouse.By Jodee Brown, Jamaican Pop Culture ExaminerExaminer.comlast_img read more

September 17

Temp rises on coaching hot seat

first_imgPhillip Fulmer, TennesseeStatus: Released this weekFulmer kept the Tennessee program at a consistently good, but rarely great, level throughout his career. Fulmer — who was named head coach in 1992 — won 150 games in 17 seasons and captured the national championship in 1998. The Volunteers have toyed with the idea of firing Fulmer for several years now, but a 10-4 mark and conference division title last season delayed the move for Tennessee’s Athletic Director Mike Hamilton. This season, however, the Vols have stumbled to a 3-6 record with only one win in the SEC, prompting Hamilton to pull the plug.To what end, though? Fulmer may not have been the top coach in the game, but his consistent winning kept Tennessee in the upper half of a football-crazy conference. Unless Tennessee has the next Nick Saban lined up, improvement from their current position remains unlikely.Hamilton’s knee-jerk reaction came too soon. Fulmer should have been given at least one more season to prove he still has what it takes.Bret Bielema, WisconsinStatus: Currently employedOn the surface, the reasons to fire Bielema appear sound. He has posted consecutively worse records each season since taking over for the legendary Barry Alvarez three years ago. He acts annoyingly chevalier after each loss and beats the “1-0” mantra to death.Most recently, Bielema cost UW a win with extremely boneheaded decisions during last Saturday’s loss to Michigan State. Clearly, Bielema is far from a perfect coach.Badger fans have grown greedy, however, and seem to think that UW should compete for the Big Ten title every year. Unfortunately, 10-win seasons have never been a consistent theme in Badger football history. In fact, now-Athletic Director Alvarez — who hand-picked Bielema as his successor –only won 10 games four times in his 16-year career.Badger fans need to cool down a bit. Bielema did win 12 games in his first season, and even though that was with Alvarez’s recruits, it was more games than Alvarez himself ever won in a single year. Bielema also has recruited playmakers David Gilreath and John Clay, so the cupboard is not bare.Wisconsin does not have the name recognition among recruits to change coaches so quickly. Bielema deserves another season and a little more patience from the fans.Tommy Bowden, ClemsonStatus: Released in mid-OctoberThis cord should have been cut three years ago. Not only was firing him the correct move, it was long overdue.Tommy Tuberville, AuburnStatus: Tenuously employedAuburn fans are crazy. Seriously. They are actually out of their minds.Tuberville delivered a perfect 13-0 season as recently as 2004, and holds a career .708 winning percentage at Auburn. Over the five previous seasons, the Tigers have averaged exactly 10 wins per year.Yet, because of a 4-5 record this season, it is a near certainty that Tuberville will lose his job. Tuberville, without a doubt, has made some mistakes this season. Trying to install the spread offense and then abandoning the attempt midway through the year made no sense. But what does a coach have to do to earn a little leeway?Furthermore, where is this fantastic coach who will magically restore the Auburn program? The SEC is an incredibly tough conference, and every program suffers through down years. Auburn can risk turning a down year into a down decade, or make the rational move and keep the proven Tuberville.Rich Rodriguez, MichiganStatus: Currently employedThe fact that Rodriguez even makes this list speaks to the desperateness of Michigan fans. The Wolverines knew exactly what they were getting when they hired Rodriguez, but the Michigan faithful disillusioned themselves into thinking an immediate turnaround was in sight.It is actually really simple. Rodriguez runs an offensive system that requires a certain type of athlete. Michigan had very few, if any of those athletes. Therefore, until Rodriguez can begin recruiting for his system, the system will not work.Every Michigan fan knew this coming into the season, yet they acted shocked when the team struggled. Michigan made a radical move when they hired the unconventional Rodriguez, and this move required time to pay dividends. Rodriguez can only help the program if he is given a few years, and firing him will only dig Michigan deeper into a hole. Two controversies dominate college football this time of year: the BCS rankings and coaches on the proverbial hot seat.With apologies to Texas Tech, Alabama and Penn State, the BCS can wait another week.The coaching carousel has been spinning steadily this year with Tommy Bowden, Tyrone Willingham and Phillip Fulmer already losing their jobs. Other coaches, such as Tommy Tuberville and Bret Bielema, have gone from hero to zero in less than two years.To be clear, this column is not condemning the quick hook that modern coaches receive. With the amount of money invested in football programs today, immediate results are required to appease the fan base, and more importantly, to keep the monetary boosters happy.The problem, though, is determining which coaches are simply suffering from an off year, and which coaches don’t have what it takes to succeed consistently at a high level. Furthermore, change doesn’t always mean improvement. Coaching college football is an extremely demanding position and truly successful head coaches are a rare breed. Despite what many fans seem to think, a coach ready to take a program to the next level is rarely waiting in the wings.With that in mind, here is a look at some coaches who have already lost their jobs or find their positions in immediate jeopardy.Important note: This is what should happen, not a prediction of what will happen.last_img read more