R. A Day After Kelly’s New York Sentencing, Judge Upholds Singer’s Chicago Indictment – Chicago Tribune Will Uphold

The day after R&B superstar R Kelly was convicted sentenced to 30 years in prison In New York, a separate federal judge denied his request to dismiss several cases from his pending case in Chicago, records show.

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber’s Thursday ruling sets the stage for Kelly’s second trial, which is set to begin Aug. 15 at the federal courthouse downtown.

Leinenweber rejected the argument that cases relating to child pornography and sexual abuse should be excluded because of issues with the statute of limitations. He also declined to separate Kelly’s case from co-defendant Darrell McDavid, a request that was made earlier this year. Tasty led exchanges between attorneys for Kelly and McDavid.

Chicago-born Kelly, 55, is accused of conspiring with former associates McDavid and Milton “June” Brown to mishandle their 2008 child pornography case in Cook County and conceal years of alleged sexual abuse of underage girls .

Defense lawyers argued that all except one should be kicked out. But the indictment would stand, Leninweber ruled, as the law was amended to extend the statute of limitations on such offenses before they were terminated for these specific alleged instances.

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Kelly’s attorney also asked for some of the charges to be split into a separate proceeding, saying that Singer wants to testify in his defense in some cases but not others. Leninweber declined the request.

Meanwhile, Kelly’s attorney filed a broader request earlier this week asking the judge to restrain prosecutors from mentioning “bad acts” they say are not relevant to the charges.

Jury members should not hear evidence about Kelly’s marriage to teen singer Aaliyah, claims that Kelly gave her sex partners herpes, and should not hear about her conviction in a federal racketeering case last year , which earned him a prison sentence of 30 years. His lawyers argued.

Kelly has recently been placed in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, but will likely soon return to custody as a second trial in Chicago begins.

Four other indictments alleging sexual abuse by Kelly, brought in Cook County in February 2019, have yet to be set for trial.

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