Our friendly neighborhood federal blogger goes to trial this morning in Tampa on behalf of Jamaican reggae artist Buju Banton.
This being the 21st Century, of course there's a FB page:
His fans have launched a letter-writing campaign against his prosecution and plan a rally outside the courthouse when he goes on trial today.Because I'm a wonk, I checked out the voir dire and proposed jury instructions just to see how they were framed.
There are also Facebook pages, websites and T-shirts in support of Buju Banton, a four-time, Grammy-nominated reggae musician facing federal drug charges in a case his lawyer says was entrapment.
More than 100 people have responded to a Facebook invitation posted by Tampa area supportersto rally outside the federal courthouse on North Florida Avenue.
"I'm sure there's going to be a lot of people showing up," said fan Kay Bonacci, 58, of Largo. "This is a big thing. This isn't just America. This is all over the world."
And indeed you can get a good sense of where David is going with the defense from the proposed jury instructions, which deal with nice things like entrapment, testimony of co-defendant with plea agreement, and other instructions civil lawyers rarely encounter.