R. Kelly Is Set to Face Trial in Chicago in September
On Tuesday, a date was set for singer R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago for child pornography and disability, but even the judge said the date was “not set in stone” as delays related to the pandemic continue to stall the court.
District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber has scheduled Kelly’s trial on September 13, five months after another federal trial Kelly is facing in New York.
Prosecutors in Northern Illinois said it would take them three weeks to produce evidence against Kelly, who will face charges against him and two former employees, in order to adjourn his 2008 Cook County trial for child pornography by paying witnesses and victims rules to get them to change their stories.
Mr. Kelly is due to be tried on April 7th in New York for extortion. In this case, an indictment filed in the US District Court in Brooklyn alleges that Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, and his associates ran a criminal enterprise that recruited women and underage girls into illegal sexual contact, and then isolated and treated them threatened to keep them under control and prevent them from going to the authorities.
If convicted in the New York case, Mr. Kelly faces up to 20 years in prison. The federal indictment in Chicago has the potential to add decades to prison, and Kelly is also charged with criminal sexual abuse, which was filed in Chicago in February 2019.
Kelly, 53, has been at the Federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago since his arrest in July 2019. Since then, his attorney Steven Greenberg has unsuccessfully advanced at least six arguments in favor of Kelly’s release, citing coronavirus threat and an attack on Kelly that summer by another prisoner, a member of the Latin Kings street gang who later went on to life on an unrelated conviction Was sentenced to prison.
Most cases in federal court in Chicago closed in the spring, but trials resumed in August with new safety protocols. Even so, Leinenweber has stated that the Chicago Federal Court would not be able to open a trial of three defendants using these protocols.