CONTROVERSIAL DANCEHALL star Vybz Kartel and fellow entertainer, Gaza Slim, are to return to court today (Jan 9).
He will not be eligible for parole until 2049, once he has served 35 years in jail.
Minutes after the verdicts were announced, juror Livingston Cain was charged with bribing the jury foreman to influence a not guilty verdict; Shane Williams is now charged in another murder case.
Palmer's lawyers will appeal today's conviction, a process expected to take between 6-12 months, said Christian Tavares-Finson, who along with his father Tom Tavares-Finson have represented the embattled dancehall artist since the trial started.
In the track, School, he chants: "Pull up yu pants and put it pon yu waist, and tuck in yu shirt and don't bleach yu face, inna my days that mi a meditate, suh mi study fi di tests mi nuh procrastinate" Aside from speaking out against bleaching in schools and advocating academic excellence, the song also cautions teenagers against drug use, violence, short uniforms and teenage pregnancy.
Fellow dancehall star Gaza Slim, who signed to the Kartel-led Portmore Empire label, told The Jamaica Star that the detractors of the deejays should put the same energy into promoting the song for its positive message, in the same way they created an uproar when he was accused of bleaching his skin.