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Mistrial declared in Buju Banton case; When Obama met Dylan; Future of Music Policy summit coming to D.C.

buju bantonBuju Banton got a bit of a reprieve but his legal troubles are far from over. (Melanie Burford/FTWP)

By David Malitz

- A mistrial was declared in the drug conspiracy trial of reggae superstar Buju Banton. The Jamaican singer was facing charges including conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine. He has been in prison since last December and now faces a new trial that is set to begin in December. If convicted, Banton could face up to 20 years in prison. Banton's lawyer has asked that his client be granted bail. In a continuing trend, Banton's latest album, "Before the Dawn," was released on Monday while he was still behind bars.

- When Bob Dylan played at the White House in February, the rock legend didn't get all buddy-buddy with the President. "Finishes the song, steps off the stage — I'm sitting right in the front row — comes up, shakes my hand, sort of tips his head, gives me just a little grin, and then leaves. And that was it — then he left," the President told Rolling Stone. "That's how you want Bob Dylan, right? You don't want him to be all cheesin' and grinnin' with you," he added.

- The annual Future of Music Policy Summit is coming to Georgetown University next week. The three-day event brings together musicians, policymakers, media and industry representatives "to discuss issues at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law." Panelists include Chuck D, T. Bone Burnett, Craig Finn, Erin McKeown, Greg Kot and Damian Kulash.

By David Malitz  | September 29, 2010; 9:55 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Bob Dylan, Buju Banton  
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