R. Kelly formally pleaded not responsible to expenses of racketeering and violations of the Mann Act in a Brooklyn federal courtroom on Friday. The arraignment decide denied bail to the disgraced R&B singer, noting he was “extraordinarily troubled” by the thought of Kelly being allowed out on the streets.
Prosecutors had argued that if launched on bail, Kelly can be a flight threat “with a severe hazard of obstruction of justice,” in accordance with Selection. As proof, they highlighted his “prolonged and wide-ranging historical past of felony conduct” — specifically the numerous allegations of sexual crimes in opposition to younger girls.
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Moreover, they famous that there had been “a number of claims of obstruction of justice” throughout previous Kelly instances, equivalent to his 2002 baby pornography trial. Additionally they claimed that his shut “interior circle” has been recognized to help Kelly in obstruction.
Kelly’s attorneys, Douglas Anton and Steven Greenberg, refuted the prosecution’s claims, arguing that the 52 yr previous has by no means as soon as been a flight threat. They described the prosecutors’ arguments as constructed on “allegations” somewhat than any precise “proof.”
In making his choice to disclaim bail, the arraignment decide at this time pointed to Kelly’s lengthy checklist of alleged crimes over the past 20 years, in addition to his “entry to monetary useful resource” — or what’s left of it. The decide expressed that he was “extraordinarily troubled by problems with potential obstruction and the sturdy risk of witness tampering if he’s launched.”
Altogether, Kelly faces 5 expenses in Brooklyn, together with some for violating the Mann Act, which prohibits the transportation of people throughout state traces for illicit sexual functions. He faces a separate federal intercourse crimes case in Chicago, for which he additionally pleaded not responsible.
All that’s along with the 40-70 years in jail he’s going through in Illinois stemming from state expenses of aggravated sexual abuse introduced in opposition to him again in February.