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SHARED A MEAL
The lanky Rastafarian, who is a vegetarian, reportedly shared a meal with a fellow inmate, which is a violation, and was sent to the maximum security wing for at least 30 days. Markus said he was made aware of the situation on March 18.
Since being transferred, Markus said Buju, born Mark Myrie, has been unable to prepare his own meals and "has not been provided with a diet in accordance with his religious views".
In the bond application, Markus also intimated that his client might be the victim of personal attacks by the warders.
"Mr Myrie has been moved from floor to floor in the jail without explanation and treated differently than the other inmates. The decision to place Mr Myrie in a maximum security wing weeks before his upcoming trial suggests that something else is going on," said Markus in his application, which included a footnote naming a corporal "who has had it out for Mr Myrie during his entire stay".
The attorney added that the violation was a minor one not fitting the punishment and that "in sum, Mr Myrie is now in a maximum security wing for caring enough to offer food to another inmate who was hungry and genuinely believing there was nothing wrong in doing so".
Food and nutrition consultant Dr Heather Little-White said if Buju were not getting his desired meal, he could be losing an average of two pounds per week. This would result in his "mental frame not being as strong and he would become physically weak".
"He would also have deficiencies in vitamins and minerals and would need to be examined by a doctor. Until proven guilty, his likes and dislikes should be taken into account," said Little-White.
Markus said Buju's transfer to maximum security has been affecting his client mentally and physically and, by extension, the legal team's preparation for the start of his trial on April 19.
"For example, this week when counsel attempted to visit Mr Myrie, counsel was required to wait over two hours until he could see Mr Myrie," he stated in his application.
In a radio interview yesterday, Markus said the delay was a ploy to derail his team from winning the trial but that he was "optimistic and we are going to fight this".
TAMPA, Fla. (CBS/AP) Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton was set to go to trial on a federal drug charge next week, but a Tampa judge has postponed the controversial singer's day in court for two months. The trial scheduled for April 19 is now not on the docket until June 21.
U.S. District Judge James Moody gave no explanation for the change.
Banton's attorney said the Grammy-nominated singer, who has been behind bars since Dec. 2009, wants to go to trial as soon as possible.
Banton, born Mark Myrie, is accused of conspiracy to traffic more than five kilograms of coc aine. He recently argued unsuccessfully to be moved from the Pinellas County Jail because his vegetarian diet needs were not being met and he was losing weight.