ANOTHER juror from the Vybz Kartel murder trial testified yesterday that his fellow juror approached him three weeks after the trial started, stating that “we can’t find these men guilty”.
The juror, whose name cannot be published due to an order of Magistrate Maxine Ellis, testified that Livingston Cain told him that “we can’t find these me guilty because they are persons in the entertainment industry and they have families”.
However, the witness said he told Cain that he, too, could not see — at that point of the murder trial — anything on which the men could be convicted.
He gave the testimony during his evidence-in-chief in the trial before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.
But during cross-examination from Valerie Neita-Robertson, who is representing Cain, the witness said that Cain never offered him or asked him to do anything.
He, however, said that another juror, who was the first witness to testify in this case, told him that Cain was trying to get him to vote in a particular way but that he doesn’t remember much of the conversation.
He said that Cain did not participate much in the discussions of the jurors as it relates to the evidence presented in the Vybz Kartel murder case, but said that two weeks before the case came to an end Cain placed his views about the men’s innocence on the table for discussion.
The case is to continue on April 28.
Cain is being tried on six counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
The charges stem from allegations that between the start of Vybz Kartel’s murder trial in the Home Circuit Court on November 18, 2013 and the rendering of a verdict in the matter in March 2014, Cain tried to persuade his fellow jurors to return a verdict of not guilty and even offered the jury forewoman J$500,000 for a result in favour of Vybz Kartel and his co-accused.
Vybz Kartel (whose real name is Adidja Palmer), Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Andre St John, and Kahira Jones were convicted in the high-profile case, while a fifth man — Shane Williams — was acquitted. The convicted men were sentenced to life imprisonment. They are currently appealing the case.
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Reports that Buju Banton has been freed and deported to Jamaica have sent the internet into a world-wind.
However, a Music News investigation revealed that Buju is still behind bars at the McRae Correctional Institution in the state of Georgia and is listed for release on January 3, 2019.
Buju Banton was arrested at his Florida home by US Marshalls in connection with drug trafficking in 2009. He was found guilty after two trials in a Tampa Court.
The Gargamel who is of the belief that he was entrapped by a US government informant; maintains his innocence.
DANCEHALL artiste Mr Vegas has teamed up with hip- hop star Pitbull for a remix of his single My Jam.
The single is from Vegas’ Euphoria album which was released last year.
“We wanted it to be a happy song and we needed an artiste to take us to another level, so we sent a copy of the track to Pitbull’s team and they instantly jumped on the remix. He recorded his part and sent back to us in Jamaica and we did the rest,” Vegas told Splash.
He has worked with the Miami-born Pitbull before. Culo, Pitbull’s 2004 collaboration with rapper Lil Jon, samples Vegas’ Pull Up.
Pitbull, whose parents are Cuban, has a massive following in the Latin market, one of the most lucrative in contemporary music.
“This is great, as he has propelled me to a level that I only dream about. Pitbull has a huge fan base,” said Vegas.
The video for the single was shot two weeks ago in Atlanta.
Mr Vegas, whose given name is Clifford Smith, is no stranger to international collaborations. Standing in The Sun, his remix with Beyonce, will be featured on her upcoming album Platinum Edition.
He has also worked with Wyclef Jean and DMX and is featured on Snoop Lion’s 2013 Grammy-nominated album, Reincarnated.
Last year, he collaborated with Jason Derulo on the dancehall remix for Talk Dirty.
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Based on TMZ, its seems Amber Rose Smooth sexy body is not all hers.
Amber posted a bunch of Instagram shots from her day at the beach in Hawaii — and everything was so smooth. But then TMZ got some paparazzi shots of her ass — it’s hard to miss — and these pics are straight outta dimpleville.
Truth is Amber’s in good company — even Beyonce’s been busted multiple times altering pics.
See more before and after photos below:
A lot of rappers run for the hills when they knock up some random chick, but Chris Brown wants to move that random chick to the hills … the Hollywood Hills, so he can be close to his little girl.
TMZ broke the story … Chris got Nia Guzman, a 31-year-old Houston woman, pregnant and now he’s the proud dad of 9-month-old Royalty. We know Chris has spent time with the baby since finding out he’s the father, but it’s difficult because Royalty is 1372 air miles away from Chris’ L.A. home.
Sources connected with Chris tell us … he’s asked Nia to move to L.A. with their daughter and he’ll foot the bill for housing. He’s not romantically involved with Nia, but we’re told he genuinely wants a meaningful relationship with Royalty. He’s saying he’d like to see her every day.
Chris is in “negotiations” with Nia over support. He’s paying her more than he’s required to under the law, but he got pissed off when she started talking about their relationship and vowed to go to court where a judge would reduce the child support he’s informally paying.
Our sources say Chris has told Nia, if she moves to L.A. he won’t pull the trigger on a child support court case and she’ll continue getting the premium amount, in addition to a place to live.
Nia hasn’t decided, but it sounds like a good deal.
Read more: TMZ
Reggae artiste Chronixx will be releasing new projects featuring American rappers Joey Bada$$, Hit Boy and Wyclef Jean. According to the conscious recording artiste, he has no issues collaborating with hip hop artistes, as long as their music is sending the right message.
He also says he was inspired by hip hop music during his formative years.
“I have always had a deep appreciation for hip hop. When I was producing my first EP with Teflon, I was listening to two hip hop albums at the time. Me love hip hop because it is reggae’s little son, because it came after dancehall. Reggae is still giving birth to new genres like EDM and dub step. All of those genres breed from King Tubbys, Lee Scratch Perry and King Jammys; all of those music is reggae,” he said.
Chronixx, who was speaking at the University of the West Indies, Mona’s Reggae Talks, a series hosted by the Department of Literatures in English, says reggae and hip hop content usually mirror each other.
“I find that anything that happens in reggae, a similar thing is going on in hip hop and vice versa, because they are the same. It’s music created by people in the diaspora, one black brother and sister. I love everybody just the same,” he said.
Chronixx’s EP, Dread and Terrible, is currently spending its 42nd week in the reggae Billboard top ten. The sometimes-controversial singer also took the opportunity to call on the Jamaican government to create a state-of-the-art venue for live performances.
“I feel like I should not perform here again until we get a venue. It’s like this government want to have the people as servers handing out towels in hotels, when that is not what tourists come to Jamaica for. Reggae is our biggest asset, and we don’t even have a good venue? Come on, man,” he said.
Following a series of major moves last year which saw him venturing into film making, events promotion and launching the now viral ‘Talk Yuh Mind’ reality series, international recording artiste Demarco is once again exercising his entrepreneurial muscle to expand the True Gift Entertainment (TGE) brand with the signing of fresh talent to the camp.
A firm believer in the philosophy that a constant injection of new talent is necessary if we are to sustain the longevity of Reggae and Dancehall for future generations, the TGE head honcho recently signed Dancehall’s newest sensation Raytid to a management and recording deal. The deal sees Raytid being exclusively managed by the outfit but allowed creative freedom to maneuver. Since inking his new deal the burgeoning star has released his first single titled ‘Blah Daff’ to much fanfaronade especially from the female populous.
According to Demarco, “aside from my personal goals as an artiste I want to genuinely make a positive contribution to the entertainment industry not only through my music but also help in the discovery and nurturing of new talents because that is the only way we as an industry will be able to sustain longevity for the genres.”
On the subject of personal accomplishments, Demarco earlier this week achieved another career milestone following the announcement that his female dance anthem ‘Puppy Tail’ had surpassed the million mark on Youtube affiliate network VEVO bolstered by fresh reports of clinching the No.1 spot on Richie B’s Top 25 Dancehall Singles Chart (Jamaica) and SFDC Weekly Dancehall Chart (Africa, UK & Europe) based in Britain.
Speaking on the achievement Demarco says, “Since wrapping my recent tours of the United Kingdom and Europe I have seen a significant increase in the popularity of ‘Puppy Tail’ and other songs especially in those markets, hence I believe that is a contributing factor in the upsurge. Thanks all the fans across the globe for the continued support because it’s they who provide the inspiration for us as artiste to continue doing good music.”
Meanwhile, as part of his ongoing campaign Demarco will be shooting a series of music videos in the weeks ahead amid promoting the singles ‘Levels To This’, ‘Celebrate My Life’, ‘Text Back’ and ‘Love & Happiness’ the latter featured on the ZJ Chrome produced Dancehall Sings compilation.
Mavado Ft Vybz Kartel – Ain’t Going Back Broke Remix (Preview) March 2015
Music video by Navino performing Life Over Death. © 2015 Adde Instrumentals
Imprisoned Reggae superstar Buju Banton has allegedly been released from a Florida prison and deported to Jamaica.
Tuffchin.com has today received numerous emails indicating that imprisoned Reggae superstar Buju Banton has been recently released from a Florida prison and deported to Jamaica.
The new report that the Grammy-winning entertainer had been released from a prison the the US, however, has yet to be confirmed.
Efforts by dancehall superstar Buju Banton to get an early release from prison based on amendments to drug sentencing guidelines implemented recently, may be thwarted because the deejay has maintained his innocence since being arrested.
Tuffchin.com understands that Banton has asked that the court reduce his sentence and turn him over to immigration authorities so he can be deported back to Jamaica.
He reportedly filed his own motion from prison asking to be released early under a recent change in federal drug sentencing guidelines, which the US Sentencing Commission decided would be applied retroactively to inmates.
The federal probation office in the Middle District of Florida has identified 1,748 inmates originally sentenced in Tampa on drug charges, as potentially eligible to benefit from the change, known as Drugs Minus 2.
Those defendants will not be eligible for release until November 1, 2015.
In his motion, Banton argues he should be sentenced to 92 months in prison under the new guidelines. He said he has been “working in prison since his incarceration” and has “very good conduct” behind bars.
Banton, born Mark Myrie, is serving 10 years, the minimum mandatory sentence for his conviction on a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
The only ways to get around the minimum mandatory sentences would require defendants to cooperate with investigators or at least give a full confession to their crimes.
Banton, who has steadfastly maintained his innocence, is unlikely to meet that requirement.
The Jamaica-born reggae star was convicted in February 2011, days after he won a Grammy award for his album Before The Dawn. He is scheduled to be released in 2019.