Chicago Case Against R. Kelly To Be Dropped, Could Be Released From Prison
Federal charges against R. Kelly are expected to be dropped, opening up the possibility that the R&B singer may eventually be released from prison.
R. Kelly real name Robert Kelly, was convicted last year and sentenced to 30 years in prison in June in a federal court in New York on nine counts of racketeering and sex trafficking.
Jurors in that case found that Kelly had set up a criminal enterprise that enabled him to recruit and transport underage girls for sex. The case is up for appeal – with R. Kelly’s lawyers arguing that whatever you think about his actions with minors, he was not part of a criminal enterprise – but rather a sole actor.
The lower court didn’t buy this argument, many legal scholars say that R. Kelly’s legal team has a VERY REAL possibility of prevailing on the issue on appeal.
The New York case, according to evidence and testimony presented in court, centered on racketeering charges and allegations that Kelly, his bodyguards, drivers, managers and others developed a decades-long scheme that resulted in the abuse of young fans.
R. Kelly was facing separate federal charges in Illinois federal court – and those charges were MUCH more likely to stick. The Illinois trial was to focus on R Kelly’s conduct specifically and on video tapes allegedly made by Kelly that constituted child p******phy.
But now those charges appear to be getting dropped by prosecutors. One of the R. Kelly’s victims is saying that they were notified that prosecutors were dropping charges against R. Kelly. Jerhonda Pace, the first victim who came forward about being abused by R. Kelly and testified against him court, posted this on social media yesterday.