Already having his appeal denied by a Tampa federal Judge, David Oscar Markus (Buju’s then attorney) has told the New Times that he’s moving on from the case. “I will always consider Buju my friend and my brother and I think of him every day,” Markus wrote in an email. “It pains me that he is in prison. I truly hope that he gets some relief.” Buju’s new attorney, Lumumba, plans to meet with Buju in the coming weeks as soon as the official paperwork is processed and expects to dive head first into the case. “We intend to move as fast as we can,” Lumumba says. “In terms of how fast the court will move, it’s hard to say.” Lumumba and his team plan to meticulously review each and every aspect of the case, from the history of the government’s snitch to the handling of the gun charge by Judge James Moody. Up until now Buju’s defense team’s primary strategy was tearing down the credibility of the government’s only witness, Alex Johnson and also argued that Buju was in fact entrapped and that the case was plagued by prosecutorial vindictiveness. With Lumumba involved now we would be sure to see a different dynamic to the courtroom from the Mississippi born legal. A civil rights activist and community organizer for four decades not to mention he is also on the City Council of Jackson, Mississippi, Lumumba has worked on cases involving Tupac Shakur, Black Panther Assata Shakur (a step-aunt to Tupac), and Lance Parker, a black man accused of assaulting a white truck driver during the 1992 Rodney King riots in L.A just to name a few.
Check out Lumumba’s interview in the Jamaica Observer. Sounds like this guy means business.