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R.Kellys HOT STREAK Continues Despite...[EW Article]

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    Default R.Kellys HOT STREAK Continues Despite...[EW Article]

    Published 9/5/2007


    http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20054879,00.html


    Is R. Kelly the luckiest man in showbiz, or does it just seem that way? In the five years since the now-40-year-old R&B star was arrested on child pornography charges, he's been on a professional hot streak with seven top-selling albums, two national tours, and the exceedingly loony but beloved R&B hip-hop operetta Trapped in the Closet. And just as his attorneys were gearing up for the Sept. 17 trial in Chicago, Judge Vincent Gaughan announced another delay on Sept. 4: Lead prosecutor Shauna Boliker had a baby last week, and Gaughan said she wouldn't be able to proceed to trial, per her doctor's orders.
    It's just the latest strange chapter in the ongoing saga that is the case against Robert Sylvester Kelly. In 2002, the Chicago Sun-Timesreceived a homemade video from an anonymous source that allegedly shows Kelly performing sexual acts with an underage girl suspected to be as young as 13. It was quickly turned over to authorities, who eventually charged the R&B singer with 14 counts of child pornography. (Kelly maintains his innocence.) Within a year, police had confiscated from Kelly's Florida home a camera with a dozen images that allegedly featured more child porn. But those charges were dropped after a judge said authorities had improperly issued the search warrant. Pretrial hearings have also been postponed at least twice: In July 2006, the presiding judge fell off a ladder and broke some bones, and the singer's appendix burst in February, requiring surgery and putting off yet another court date. Meanwhile, why the judge chose Sept. 17 as a trial date when he most likely knew that the lead prosecutor's baby was due Aug. 29 remains a mystery thanks to a strict gag order that surrounds the case. ''The aggregate amount of delay in this case is bizarre,'' says Albert Alschuler, professor of law at Northwestern University. ''And I think it's likely to hurt the prosecutor's case. [It] has a stale feel to it.'' At press time, another hearing was scheduled for Sept. 10, and a source close to the case anticipates that ''a new trial date will probably be announced [with] the expectation that it won't be more than a few weeks.'' A rep for Kelly says the singer ''has no definite plans for a tour or an album, because he's concentrating fully on preparing for the trial.'' When and if the proceedings ever do get under way, they're bound to kick off one of the more salacious and buzzed-about celebrity trials in recent memory. It's been reported that the minor who allegedly appears on the tape says it is not her and is refusing to testify for the prosecution. Either way, the trial's outcome hinges on what and who the jury does or doesn't see on that videotape. The jurors may be compelled to watch the graphic 26-minute, 39-second sex video again and again as both sides parse the details to fit their line of reasoning. ''You're going to have a battle of experts'' dissecting the tape, predicts Alschuler. ''These people are called saxophones because they play tunes for those who pay them.''


    The defense will likely argue these scenarios: R. Kelly is not the male subject on the tape, the woman was actually of age, and the footage may have been digitally altered to frame Kelly. Those are the details, says forensic videotape analyst Steve Cain, that can make all the difference in a case like this. ''It's not difficult at all for an effective attorney to convince a [jury] that the evidence's credibility should be questioned,'' says Cain. On the other hand, he notes, ''there's quite a precedent'' for convictions when a recording is the primary piece of evidence. ''It can [also] be extremely reliable.'' The bigger challenge could be finding 12 impartial jurors in Kelly's native Chicago. Even fans of his prodigious output wouldn't be necessarily disqualified as jurors as long as they can put their opinions aside and consider the case on the basis of what's presented in court. ''In Great Britain, they say that the trial begins with jury selection,'' notes Alschuler. ''In America, the trial is over when the jury is selected. That's a really big part of the game.'' And while the jurors are likely to be subjected to something far more over-the-top than any of Trapped in the Closet's 22 chapters, the evidence isn't something you'll see unfold on your local newscast the state of Illinois doesn't allow cameras in the courtroom. Of course, given the way R. Kelly's case has proceeded, that law may have changed by the time it finally goes to trial.
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    its a never ending story

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    That's good no cameras are allowed in the courtroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilmorsel View Post
    That's good no cameras are allowed in the courtroom.
    Whew! Thank you. about to ask if they were gonna have cameras in the courtroom. But, you had answered my prayers.
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    Well, the story unfolds . . .

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    he's not guilty

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    Good...

    No cameras is a good thing...

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    When will this be over with

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