Judge Ann Donnelly stopped defense lawyer Nicole Blank Becker during a pre-trial hearing when she called two women involved in the case “girls” according New York Daily News.
The judge asked Becker to refer to the people she was talking about as “women.”
When Becker again called them “girls,” Donnelly paused the proceeding for a brief lecture.
“It is 2021. We are talking about women in their 20s,” the judge said in an exasperated tone.
“Sorry judge. It’s been two years,” said Becker — referring to the fact she hasn’t see the women since 2019. The judge made she to make the correction be known for back then as well with “They were women then too,” Donnelly said.
The judge also wanted reassurance from the fallen singer about whether or not he is satisfied with his representation.
“Are you satisfied with her services?” the judge asked.
“Yes, I am,” he said.
Indicted singer R. Kelly’s federal case in Chicago was officially put in a “holding pattern” Thursday amid ongoing turmoil with Kelly’s legal team and a looming racketeering trial in New York.
Attorneys for both sides told U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber during a telephone status hearing that it would be impossible to go to trial in Chicago as planned in September due to the uncertainty with his racketeering case in Brooklyn, which is scheduled to begin Aug. 9.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeannice Appenteng told the judge “we are now in what appears to be an indefinite holding pattern” in the Chicago case, which includes two co-defendants who had previously demanded trial.
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In light of the uncertainty, Leinenweber agreed to scuttle the trial date for the fourth time since Kelly was indicted in July 2019. He set a status hearing for Aug. 17 “to see if (the New York case) actually starts.”
“Lord knows what may happen between now and the start of that trial,” Leinenweber said.
The delay comes on the same day the judge in Kelly’s New York case is scheduled to hold a hearing into whether one of the singer’s new attorneys has conflicts due to her previous contact with a witness and alleged victim in the indictment.