Is R Kelly in jail? While R&B singer awaits New York sentencing, Chicago trial pushed back

Is R Kelly in jail? While R&B singer awaits New York sentencing, Chicago trial pushed back

CHICAGO (TOC) — A Chicago trial date for singer R. Kelly has been delayed because of points with the provision of the courtroom.

It was determined in a standing listening to Tuesday that the jury trial set for Aug. 1 could be moved to Aug. 15.

The federal case contains youngster pornography, obstruction of justice and sexual abuse costs.

After a conviction in New York, Kelly now has one thing in widespread with Chicago mob bosses, leaders of the Hells Angels and El Chapo: He’s a convicted racketeer.

Federal prosecutors in New York invoked what’s referred to as the “RICO Act” to take down Kelly, who for many years appeared untouchable by regulation enforcement regardless of girls telling horrid tales of intercourse abuse.

Utilizing a regulation supposed to crack down on organized crime, Kelly is now many years in jail.

Lawyer Steve Greenberg mentioned that the 20 years or extra that the federal government is prone to request will probably be tantamount to a life sentence for the 54-year-old ex-R&B famous person.

He is scheduled to be sentenced June 29.

Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, has been jailed with out bail since 2019. The trial was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic and Kelly’s last-minute shakeup of his authorized group.

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“The Chicago case, sadly for Robert, is much extra severe,” Greenberg mentioned. “As a result of it entails youngster pornography costs and costs that he obstructed justice in his earlier trial from, from the 2000s which was in state court docket right here. The Chicago case truly carries far more extreme penalties than the New York case, however we’re gonna battle for….we all know the proof in that case, we’re ready we might go to trial tomorrow.”

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After Chicago, there’s a state case in opposition to Kelly in Minnesota the place two legal costs allege prostitution with a minor. That incident, in keeping with authorities, is from 20 years in the past in 2001. Nonetheless, it is the New York conviction for racketeering and intercourse trafficking that federal prosecutors are heralding as a “highly effective message” geared toward males who use fame and fortune to prey on the younger and unvoiced.

The Related Press contributed to this text.

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