Robert Kelly is a fallen singer superstar that has his past coming back to haunt him. Whether you believe the charges or not against the R & B star, one thing is for certain is that his trial coming up will make big waves in the media.
This may be partly the reason why prosecutors are asking for a new ruling concerning jurors. It’s being reported that federal prosecutors in New York are asking for jurors to be kept anonymous. This would lead to Kelly’s entire trial being held in front of an anonymous jury because authorities believe the singer is “capable of inflicting violence.”
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Prosecutors reportedly state that Kelly was accused of obstructing justice in his previous child pornography trial back in 2008. There are allegations that during the trial he paid off and intimidated witnesses and alleged victims.
The Chicago Sun-Times spoke with Steve Greenberg, R. Kelly’s attorney, who called the prosecutor’s request “ridiculous.” He added, “To suggest that (Kelly) may harm a juror because there are allegations that he may have engaged in domestic violence is, frankly, insulting. It’s insulting and illogical… We have to know who these people are.”
It’s been about a year that R. Kelly had remained behind bars as he awaits trials and faces charges of racketeering, sexual misconduct, sexual abuse, among many others. The singer’s Brooklyn trial is reportedly slated to begin on September 29 while his trial is his hometown of Chicago has a start date of October 13.