And he seemed like such a nice fellow. Rod 2.0 has the story:
A Tampa jury has convicted Grammy-winning anti-gay “murder music” and reggae superstar Buju Banton of federal drug conspiracy charges, report the Associated Press and Jamaica Observer.
The artiste was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five or more kilogrammes of cocaine, attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and using the wires to facilitate a drug-trafficking offence. However he was found not guilty of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offence. The artiste hugged his lawyer David Markus when the verdict was read.
My favorite part of the post:
Last week, the court heard audio recordings of the conversations between Buju Banton and a federal informant arranging a cocaine deal. The reggae superstar blamed his financial problems on gay activists, specifically the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
In recent years, gay activists in North America and Europe have called attention to Banton’s lyrics and so-called “murder music” which incite violence and call for attacking, torturing and killing gays. Banton’s recent North American and European tour dates have met with protests, demonstrations and cancellations. In October 2009, San Francisco-based LGBT activists met with Banton and afterwards the reggae singer’s anti-gay rhetoric appeared even more hardened: “This is a fight, and as I said in one of my songs, ‘There is no end to the war between me and faggot’.”
War’s over, faggot. You lost.