NEW YORK — Chicago singer R. Kelly, by means of his lawyer, formally knowledgeable a New York court docket Monday he intends to attraction his conviction on racketeering costs.
Protection lawyer Jennifer Bonjean filed a discover of attraction, which didn’t say on what grounds Kelly meant to problem the decision and 30-year jail sentence.
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Kelly was discovered responsible of main a legal enterprise that recruited ladies and ladies for intercourse. The costs additionally included a bribery scheme involving a public official to get a faux ID for Aaliyah so the 2 may get married when she was 15.
The protection solid a lot of R. Kelly’s victims as groupies who willingly went together with Kelly’s sexual calls for and mentioned prosecutors misapplied racketeering statutes to Kelly’s case.
“Invigorated by an influential social motion decided to punish centuries of male misbehavior by means of symbolic prosecutions of high-profile males, the federal government introduced a RICO prosecution in opposition to the Defendant that was ‘absurdly distant’ from the drafters’ intent,” a earlier protection submitting mentioned. “A indifferent and unemotional evaluate of the proof on this case exhibits that the federal government offered an overabundance of unhealthy character proof to compensate for its inadequate proofs of the precise components of RICO and the Mann Act.”
ABC7 Chicago contributed to this report.
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