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    Well, with the album coming out, I am not surpirsed this story just hit the wires............



    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...050700779.html
    Still No Trial Date for Singer R. Kelly




    By MICHAEL TARM
    The Associated Press
    Monday, May 7, 2007; 3:00 PM

    CHICAGO -- Since being charged with child pornography five years ago for allegedly videotaping sex acts with a young teenager, R. Kelly has had six best-selling albums, three nationwide tours, a multitude of hits and awards _ but no trial.
    A series of sometimes bizarre events, including a judge's tumble from a ladder and a case of appendicitis, have delayed the 40-year-old R&B superstar's trial far longer than the norm. Kelly is due in a Chicago courtroom Friday for yet another status hearing, but there's still no trial date in sight as he prepares to release a new album on May 29.



    Other celebrity trials, including Michael Jackson's, have long since begun and ended since Kelly's indictment. And judging by how long it usually takes such cases to run their course, Kelly's trial should have finished years ago, legal observers say.

    "Five years is a long time," said Michael Helfand, a Chicago attorney with no links to Kelly's case. "Most child pornography cases find themselves in a courtroom within a year or two."
    While suspects have a right to demand a swift trial, they're not obliged to ask for one _ especially if they calculate that speed isn't in their best interests.
    Kelly's lawyer's may figure that the delays have worked in their client's favor, and not only because they've given him the chance to keep working and making millions.
    "You may have a jury that's going to come in and say, 'So this happened in the 1990s and this is 2007? I'm just not buying it,'" Helfand said.
    Messages left for Kelly's attorney's were not returned, and prosecutors declined to comment.
    Kelly spokesman Allan Mayer says he was told the trial could get under way early this summer. "But," he added, "I've been told 'early in the summer' for the past three years now."
    The hitmaker born Robert Sylvester Kelly was charged in 2002 after the tape was leaked to the media and bootlegged copies hit the streets nationwide. Authorities said the girl on the tape was as young as 13 when it was made.
    Kelly pleaded not guilty, and has said he intends to survive his legal tribulations.
    "I'm going through my own struggle ... and you're either gonna fold or you're going to stand," he told The Associated Press in 2005, "and I believe in standing."
    Presiding Judge Vincent Gaughan seemed close to setting a trial date last year. Then he fell off a ladder at home, sending him to the hospital with multiple fractures. By the time he recovered, Kelly needed emergency surgery for a burst appendix, causing him to miss a February status hearing.
    Kelly's attorneys haven't even conceded he's on the videotape, saying his likeness may have been computer generated. And they've already tried to raise doubts about the identity and age of the girl in the recording.
    Prosecutors initially concluded Kelly made the approximately 15-minute recording when he was in his 30s, somewhere between November 1997 and February 2002.
    But his attorneys said that 51-month span made it impossible for them to prepare a defense. The judge agreed, and prosecutors later narrowed the time frame down to between January 1998 and October 2000.
    The judge ruled last year he'll allow the media and public to view the videotape, dismissing objections from both prosecutors and defense attorneys. They argued the video is so lewd it would embarrass the girl involved, who is now in her 20s.
    Scheduling also has been complicated by demand for Kelly's lawyer. Ed Genson, highly sought by the rich and famous for his persuasive powers with jurors, currently represents Conrad Black, the media mogul on trial in Chicago for allegedly helping to plunder millions of dollars from a newspaper conglomerate.
    Kelly won a Grammy in 1997 for the gospel-like song "I Believe I Can Fly," although his biggest hits are sexually charged songs like "Bump N' Grind" and "Ignition."
    As he awaits trial, he has kept working.
    Since being charged, Kelly has released six albums _ most of them million-sellers. His current single, "I'm a Flirt," is in the top 20, and he's finishing 10 more chapters of his running R&B operetta, "Trapped in the Closet."
    Kelly's also written a new song, "Rise Up," about healing in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings; 100 percent of the net proceeds from the song's sale are going to a victims' memorial fund.
    "He's always been known as one of the hardest workers in the industry," said Eric Bradley, music director at Chicago's popular B96 radio station. "All this has made him work even harder. He's a machine, artistically."
    But a conviction could send Kelly to prison for up to 15 years, and presumably halt his fast-track career.
    His spokesman Mayer says Kelly fully realizes how much is at stake and is eager as anyone to finally get his day in court.
    "It's a terrible thing to have hanging over you," Mayer said. "But he's confident that, when all the facts come out, he's going to be shown to have been not guilty."
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    Anin't that a bitch. They are finding anyway to block the success of this album. What a bunch of bastards.

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    think Oh really??

    Quote Originally Posted by bcarter74 View Post
    Anin't that a bitch. They are finding anyway to block the success of this album. What a bunch of bastards.

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    Now lets keep it real... Since those charges broke in 2002 has any of these articles really hurt R Kelly record sales??? TP3 and Chocolate Factory debuted @ number one. In fact I think Robert was making bail in Florida when Chocolate Factory was released.

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    Quote Originally Posted by braidedgirl View Post
    Now lets keep it real... Since those charges broke in 2002 has any of these articles really hurt R Kelly record sales??? TP3 and Chocolate Factory debuted @ number one. In fact I think Robert was making bail in Florida when Chocolate Factory was released.
    LOL.....right. but you just hate to see it either way.

    its on every news wire now. its an AP national release article.

    on the other hand; last week there was the same type of wide distribution of the "Rise Up" benefit article.

    so i guess in a way its par.
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    Quote Originally Posted by braidedgirl View Post
    Now lets keep it real... Since those charges broke in 2002 has any of these articles really hurt R Kelly record sales??? TP3 and Chocolate Factory debuted @ number one. In fact I think Robert was making bail in Florida when Chocolate Factory was released.
    Regardless if it never hurt his sales in past and I say this loosely. The negative cognition to the porn charges pending against him is a constant reminder, which continues to lume over his head until he goes to trial. That's the point I was trying to make. Until you obviously took it in the other direction.

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    They can't let goooo!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by AZ2Chi1Kelly View Post
    LOL.....right. but you just hate to see it either way.

    its on every news wire now. its an AP national release article.

    on the other hand; last week there was the same type of wide distribution of the "Rise Up" benefit article.

    so i guess in a way its par.
    They won't let go. So why bother to try and keep up with that shit??? I'm tried of hearing about it. I won't acknowlegde any of it anymore until they anounce a trial date. Is there anything new, these articles have to add??? I read the same story on AOL last week, okay yeah we know.

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    Kells case is going nowhere soon. Closing arguments in the Conrad Black trial are scheduled for July 1st. We get this type of story every year when a new Kells CD or Tour starts. He's an easy target for these shady journalists.

    BTW, Kells spokesperson Allan Myer also represents Brandy and Isaah Washington. He's known as the 'crisis management guru'.

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    I think certain media outlets will always refer to the alegations, even if a court of law finds him not gulity, like braidegirl stated they won't let it go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mista View Post
    Kells case is going nowhere soon. Closing arguments in the Conrad Black trial are scheduled for July 1st. We get this type of story every year when a new Kells CD or Tour starts. He's an easy target for these shady journalists.

    BTW, Kells spokesperson Allan Myer also represents Brandy and Isaah Washington. He's known as the 'crisis management guru'.
    Nice feedback. Mista. I love the information you give. It's always correct.....
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    Damn Im tired of this every year they gotta bust out somethin bad about Kells when all R.Kelly fans know that he is innocent? Press give him a rest please Im begging u to.
    R.Kelly is the Undisputed king of R&B so lets Double up he's comin through ur speakers non stop

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