R. Kelly is denied motions for acquittal and new federal trial

R. Kelly is denied motions for acquittal and new federal trial

Singer and convicted intercourse offender R. Kelly has been denied all motions for acquittal and a brand new federal trial, Chicago Federal Judge Harry Leinenweber dominated on Thursday. 

Kelly, 56, was sentenced to 30 years in jail in 2022 on nine counts that included “sexual exploitation of kids” and “transportation of ladies and ladies in interstate commerce to interact in unlawful sexual exercise.” He was convicted of three baby pornography expenses and three counts of kid enticement in Chicago final 12 months.

The disgraced singer’s attorneys filed the movement for a brand new trial on Feb. 4, stating that the principle witness within the trial misled jurors when she mentioned she was undecided on whether or not she could be searching for financial damages from the case. The movement was denied lower than two weeks later. 

The nameless star witness, recognized solely as “Jane,” testified that Kelly started sexually abusing her when she was simply 14 years previous, even filming their encounters. 

“Simply as a result of Jane and her lawyer thought-about the potential of restitution doesn’t imply she lied throughout her testimony,” wrote Leinenweber. “Jane’s testimony was that she was undecided. Her testimony was not that she was not aspiring to pursue restitution.”

Kelly’s Feb. 23 sentencing will proceed as scheduled over the September 2002 convictions of kid pornography and sexual enticement. 

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