A lawyer for convicted Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton says a U.S. federal appellate court has agreed to hear his appeal. The Grammy-winning singer is serving a 10-year sentence for convictions on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges stemming from a 2009 arrest.
He was convicted in 2011 following a sting operation. In a Tuesday email, attorney Charles Ogletree says the full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta will hold a hearing on the case.
The decision comes after a panel of that court in 2012 upheld Banton's convictions. His former defense lawyer had argued that a government informant improperly entrapped the singer. Ogletree says Banton is pleased with the court's decision. It's not clear when the hearing will take place.