The Safe House Project 2009 for Displaced & Homeless MSM/Transgender reviewed & more


In response to numerous requests for more information on the defunct Safe House Pilot Project that was to address the growing numbers of displaced and homeless LGBTQ Youth in New Kingston in 2007/8/9, a review of the relevance of the project as a solution, the possible avoidance of present issues with some of its previous residents if it were kept open.
Recorded June 12, 2013; also see from the former Executive Director named in the podcast more background on the project: HERE also see the beginning of the issues from the closure of the project: The Quietus ……… The Safe House Project Closes and The Ultimatum on December 30, 2009

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Perceptions on Buju's woes changing ..... so it seems

Irie FM Reports

BUJU'S CODEFENDANT MAY TESTIFY AGAINST HIM

A codefendant of Buju Banton has agreed to cooperate with the US government as part of a plea deal in his drug case.

Buju, a four-time Grammy nominee, is set to stand trial Sept. 20 along with another codefendant, James Mack, on charges they participated in a cocaine deal in Sarasota.

The third codefendant, Ian Thomas, will plead guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilos or more of cocaine, according to an agreement filed today. The charge carries up to life in federal prison.

Eight days after the scheduled start of the trial, Buju Banton's record company is set to release his ninth studio album, "Before the Dawn," in the United States.

Buju has been held without bail since his arrest on charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine and aiding and abetting his codefendants in possessing a firearm during the course of the cocaine distribution.

ENDS

Notes:

Judging by this story appearing on Irie FM's entertainment Buzz page and the subsequent comments some of which are caustic towards the gay community while others question the validity of the witness while others still including mine question the evidence of the footage the Drug Administration has of the gentleman allegedly tasting the stuff.

here are excerpts of some of the comments follow the links embedded to see the full entry on IRIE FM's website.

Comment Excerpts:

    Ras Morgan Sep 10 10
  1. Hello from Tampa. For the full story you need to check out Tampa Bay On line by going to yahoo and typing Buju Banton news. People, Buju will be fine. "The other codefendant Mack has signed an affidavit on behalf of the singer. Mack, 48, says in the affidavit that he never met Banton before his arrest, and that Banton had no knowledge of the money and gun that were in Mack's car." Jah Bless Buju Banton. He has NUFF SUPPORT in Tampa!
  2. Fans In Tampa Sep 10 10
  3. Yeah, me just check out yahoo Buju Banton News. Is a whole setup ting. The informant is a criminal. Him fi go a jail .Not Buju
  4. Jamaica Sep 10 10
  5. Me just on Line. But why Irie FM did not tell us that part also. The other co-defendant signed a document stating he does not know Buju and Buju never know nothing about the gun and the money in the car. We Love You Buju.
  6. Ruth In London Sep 10 10
  7. Dem tink we ain't go check out the news fi we self.! Big up Buju Banton
  8. Marlon In St. Vincent Sep 10 10
  9. Buju will be Free! This year!
  10. Caribbean Voices Sep 10 10
  11. Thanks for giving us the full story fans in Tampa. Is a real setup. Jah not sleeping. Buju will be free. Is a good think Mack signed and tell the truth that he never met Buju beofre and Buju never know nothinhg about moneny and gun in the car.

  1. Oh pls! I am one of Banton's num 1 fan but me no put up with slackness. Instead look at the facts. Who was caught buying the coke on camera? And I can't say allegedly bec he was indeed there. If Buju the defendant had no knowledge as to why he was there, then why not just leave di
  2. Passion Sep 11 10
  3. all when them caught Buju and unu see it with unu own 2 yeye unu still in a denial. I don't know bout unu but me no do coke me no taste coke n I have no dealings with coke head why was he there! The feds don't arrest ppl without probable cause. So a who deh pon d video a taste coke? This is not a tort this is a federal offence. Buju rasss lucky than me a greedy him rass greedy when him left Lorna poor girl have to carry him go court to get a dime n see it a she one stand up with him now. He is a selfish asshole n i can chat bec me know him personally. Ask why Wayne wonder lef him okut? Unu stay deh a waste time pon Buju. Most of these DJ's unu see a live big a no just music alone. Grow up pp;!
  4. Passion Sep 11 10
  5. 2sides on every story...JAH fe free Imon artist !!!
  6. Wicked1 Sep 11 10
  7. Passion shut your ass!! Buju was not present on the day they were buying the coke. The police went to his home 500miles away from Tapma in Tamarac Miami to arrest him. By the way. How you so sure it was him on camera the days before. You aint no fan you are a fake!
  8. Radical In Japan Sep 11 10
  9. Dah woman love fi yap her mouth!! Is the two other fellas who went buying coke and as James Mack swear buy in the affidavait Buju know nothing about money to buy coke and gun. So how can he be in any conspiracy>!!!
  10. Haitians In Miami Sep 11 10
  11. Buju will win!!!!!!!!!!
  12. Haitians In Miami Sep 11 10
  13. Happy New Year from Ethiopia. We prayed for Buju and we thank God that he will very soon be free. Look at that he know nothing about money or gun to buy drugs, we also do not believe in that so called video. The enemy is a dirty crimeinal who will end up in jail.
    Blessings From Israel Sep 11 10
  1. PASSION, YOU ARE SO RIGHT, BUJU IS A SELFISH FUCK, WHO ONLY LOOK OUT FOR HIMSELF, AS WE SPEAK HE IS SNITICHING ABOUT ALL THE JAMAICAN PEOPLE HE CAN NAME TO INCLUDE THE ARTIST THEM, NUFF PEOPLE LOST THEM U.S VISAS SINCE BUJU WAS ARRESTED,NO ONE QUESTION THAT. BEENIEMAN AND THE REST OF THE TOP JAMAICAN ENTERTAINERS, KNOWS WHO IS TELLING THE BUSINESS TO THE U.S GOVERNMENT....ITS BUJU, WHO IS TRYING TO SAVE IS SORRY ASS FROM BEEN LOCK AWAY FOR UPTEEN YEARS. ..RAST DONT TASTE COCAIN, RASTA ONLY SMOKE WEED..AKA GANJA, RASTA IS NOT CAUGHT ON VIDEO BY THE D.E.A. WITH FIVE KILO OF COCAINE IN THEIR POSSESION. BUJU IS A FREAKING COKE HEAD WHO WAS LIVING THE HIG LIFE AND WHO LIKE ANYONE ELSE WHO BRAK THE LAW SHOULD BE PUNISH. NOT FOR HIS HATRED OF GAY PEOPLE, BUT FOR HIS CRIMES, WHICH AT THE MOMENT IS COCAINE, POSSION. SEND HIS ASS OFF THE FEDERAL PRISON WHERE HE BELONG. THE NORMAL PERSON WOULD HAVE NTO GOTTEN SO MUCH ATTENTION. BUJU IS A COKE HEAD SIMPLE AS THAT.

As the trial date approaches let us watch this one carefully. My views is that the gay community could never have been involved in any setup after so many years towards Mr. Myrie, it just sounds preposterous. After all the Drug Enforcement Agency nuh tek chat from Minority groups especially LGBT activists or their allies.

In a radio interview this morning on Nationwide radio Mr. Myrie's lead attorney David Oscar Marcus said he is getting ready for the Monday September 20th trial date which should last just over a week, when questioned about the alleged video footage of Buju tasting the substance he said he saw the tape but Buju was not there when the deal ended suggesting that he was not guilty of conspiracy. Emily Crooks lead interviewer on the program and who is presently studying law followed up with Mr. Marcus by asking if one has to be present to the end in any conspiracy deal Mr. Marcus hesitated and repeated that Buju Banton was not present at the end of the deal as he was at his Miami home.

As to Buju's health he said he was thinner than usual as he has not been able to follow his diet.

UPDATE: 5:46pm (Jamaica Observer)
Second Buju co-defendant to testify against him
JAMES Mack, the second co-defendant in the case against Reggae singer Buju Banton, today agreed to assist the United States Government in seeking a conviction against him. Mack affixed his signature to a 17-page plea agreement between himself, his attorney, Mary Mills and United States District Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, Brian Albritton.

Mack pled guilty to conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense."Defendant agrees to fully cooperate with the United States in the investigation and prosecution of other persons, and to testify, subject to a prosecution for perjury or making a false statement, fully and truthfully before any federal court proceeding or federal grand jury in connection with the charges in this case," the plea agreement states.

The drug charge carries a mandatory minimum term of 20 years to life and a fine of up to US$4 million, while the firearm charge five years to life and a fine of up to US$250,000.

The agreement stated that Mack, Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie and Ian Thomas negotiated the sale of cocaine with an informant.

In December last year, Mack and Thomas drove to an undercover warehouse in Saratoga, Florida and attempted to purchase seven kilograms of cocaine with US$135,810 before they were arrested by undercover agents. A search of a Honda motorcar Mack was travelling in turned up an illegal handgun. Last week Thomas signed a similar plea deal.


'Buju' stands alone

Second co-defendant signs plea bargain deal to testify against J’can reggae artiste

'BUJU Banton' is facing further woes after James Mack, the second co-defendant in the drug case against him yesterday signed a plea bargain deal with the United States District Attorney, agreeing to testify against the Jamaican reggae singer.

Mack's deal comes five days after another co-defendant, Ian Thomas, also agreed to give evidence against the four-time Grammy nominee whose correct name is Mark Myrie.


Peace and tolerance.

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h) File a civil suit if you feel your rights have been violated

i) When making a statement to the police have all or most of the facts and details together for e.g. "a car" vs. "the car" represents two different descriptions

j) Avoid having the police writing the statement on your behalf except incases of injuries, make sure what you want to say is recorded carefully, ask for a copy if it means that you have to return for it

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What to Do .....




a. Make a phone call: to a lawyer or relative or anyone

b. Ask to see a lawyer immediately: if you don’t have the money ask for a Duty Council

c. A Duty Council is a lawyer provided by the state

d. Talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police

e. Tell your lawyer if anyone hits you and identify who did so by name and number

f. Give no explanations excuses or stories: you can make your defense later in court based on what you and your lawyer decided

g. Ask the sub officer in charge of the station to grant bail once you are charged with an offence

h. Ask to be taken before a justice of The Peace immediately if the sub officer refuses you bail

i. Demand to be brought before a Resident Magistrate and have your lawyer ask the judge for bail

j. Ask that any property taken from you be listed and sealed in your presence

Cases of Assault:An assault is an apprehension that someone is about to hit you

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2) The report must be about the incident as it happened, once the report is admitted as evidence it becomes the basis for the trial

3) Critical evidence must be gathered as to the injuries received which may include a Doctor’s report of the injuries.

4) The description must be clearly stated; describing injuries directly and identifying them clearly, show the doctor the injuries clearly upon the visit it must be able to stand up under cross examination in court.

5) Misguided evidence threatens the credibility of the witness during a trial; avoid the questioning of the witnesses credibility, the tribunal of fact must be able to rely on the witness’s word in presenting evidence

6) The court is guided by credible evidence on which it will make it’s finding of facts

7) Bolster the credibility of a case by a report from an independent disinterested party.

Notes on Bail & Court Appearance issues


If in doubt speak to your attorney

Bail and its importance -

If one is locked up then the following may apply:
Locked up over a weekend - Arrested pursuant to being charged or detained There must be reasonable suspicion i.e. about to commit a crime, committing a crime or have committed a crime.

There are two standards that must be met:

1). Subjective standard: what the officer(s) believed to have happened

2). Objective standard: proper and diligent collection of evidence that implicates the accused To remove or restrain a citizen’s liberty it cannot be done on mere suspicion and must have the above two standards

 Police officers can offer bail with exceptions for murder, treason and alleged gun offences, under the Justice of the Peace Act a JP can also come to the police station and bail a person, this provision as incorporated into the bail act in the late nineties

 Once a citizen is arrested bail must be considered within twelve hours of entering the station – the agents of the state must give consideration as to whether or not the circumstances of the case requires that bail be given

 The accused can ask that a Justice of the Peace be brought to the station any time of the day. By virtue of taking the office excluding health and age they are obliged to assist in securing bail

"Bail is not a matter for daylight

Locked up and appearing in court

 Bail is offered at the courts office provided it was extended by the court; it is the court that has the jurisdiction over the police with persons in custody is concerned.

 Bail can still be offered if you were arrested and charged without being taken to court a JP can still intervene and assist with the bail process.

Other Points of Interest

 The accused has a right to know of the exact allegation

 The detainee could protect himself, he must be careful not to be exposed to any potential witness

 Avoid being viewed as police may deliberately expose detainees

 Bail is not offered to persons allegedly with gun charges

 Persons who allegedly interfere with minors do not get bail

 If over a long period without charge a writ of habeas corpus however be careful of the police doing last minute charges so as to avoid an error

 Every instance that a matter is brought before the court and bail was refused before the accused can apply for bail as it is set out in the bail act as every court appearance is a chance to ask for bail

 Each case is determined by its own merit – questions to be considered for bail:

a) Is the accused a flight risk?

b) Are there any other charges that the police may place against the accused?

c) Is the accused likely to interfere with any witnesses?

d) What is the strength of the crown’s/prosecution’s case?

 Poor performing judges can be dealt with at the Judicial Review Court level or a letter to the Chief Justice can start the process

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Battle Lines Javed Jaghai versus the state & the Jamaica Buggery Law



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The opposing sides are covered as well such as
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The Love March
Movement Jamaica

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