Wednesday, September 14, 2022

R. Kelly Verdict is Near


Closing arguments have been delivered in R. Kelly's Chicago child pornography and obstruction of justice trial and the jury has begun deliberating...

From NPR
Jurors began deliberating Tuesday at R. Kelly's federal trial in Chicago, sorting through a month of evidence and arguments on charges accusing the singer of producing child pornography, enticing minors for sex and rigging his 2008 child porn trial.
Standing at a podium a few feet in front of jurors, Kelly attorney Jennifer Bonjean told jurors in her closing earlier Tuesday that key government witnesses were admitted liars who testified with immunity to ensure they couldn't be charged.
At times sounding indignant and raising her voice, Bonjean likened their testimony and other evidence to a cockroach and the government's case to a bowl of soup.
If a cockroach falls into soup, she said, "you don't just pull out the cockroach and eat the rest of the soup. You throw out the whole soup," said told jurors. She said of the prosecution's case: "There are just too many cockroaches."
Delivering the government's rebuttal after Bonjean's closing, prosecutor Jeannice Appenteng told jurors to remember the girls and women Kelly allegedly abused.
"When you are in the quiet of the jury room, consider the evidence in light of who is at the center of this case. Kelly's victims: Jane, Nia, Pauline, Tracy and Brittany," Appenteng said, referring to five Kelly accusers named in charging documents by their pseudonyms or first names.
Four of them testified. Brittany did not.
The prosecutor also pointed to testimony that as Kelly's fame boomed in the mid-1990s, his staff and associates increasingly geared everything they did to what Kelly wanted.
"And ladies and gentlemen, what R. Kelly wanted was to have sex with young girls," she said.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a lame defense.

Anonymous said...

Damaged ass Capricorn.
Sexual Deviant.
He's had enough sex for 3 lifetimes, game over.

Anonymous said...

This downfall because he liked 13-17 year old girls. Had he just stuck to exploiting women he'd be free. They say him and Aaliyah had sexual contact when she was 13 and he was 25. He only married her because she was pregnant. I wonder how many 13-17 year olds he assaulted in his lifetime?

Anonymous said...

The good thing is that he will be incarcerated no matter what.

Anonymous said...

I’m convinced the community as a whole doesn’t care. His TikTok Legs Shake is #1. Seems they only care about teen girls being exploited is when their bills aren’t being paid. All you have to do is look up the current state of the hoods on YouTube. Doesn’t take much for people to forget.

Anonymous said...

I thought he was already sentenced to 30 years in the fed by United States District Judge Ann M. Donnelly on June 29th for multiple sex offenses and racketeering?

I understand what child pornography and obstruction of justice is but, WHAT exactly is the jury deliberating on?

Anonymous said...

It's all good when the victims are black. If he mistreated non-black victims society would have taken a different turn.

Anonymous said...

He allegedly comitted different and multiple offenses in more than one jurisdiction. That is why there is more than one case and in more than one place.

Anonymous said...

Breaking news...the verdict is in.

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