R. Kelly has been trying to be released from prison on bail and his latest bid seemed more plausible than ever as an inmate on his cell floor was contracted with the covid-19 virus. This predicament made his lawyers state that he was in danger of his health.
The judge didn’t agree for the first time and now for a second time, the judge has not seen this situation as being warranted for a temporary release.
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“They cannot ensure that a defendant with a history, incentive and opportunity to interfere with potential witnesses will not do so,” she said. TMZ reports the judge did recognize the potential risk of waiting behind bars as Kelly awaits trial. However, Kelly apparently didn’t make a compelling enough motion to convince the judge that he was particularly at risk.
Kelly’s claimed he’s not a flight risk and doubled down on that claim when he revealed that he owes nearly $2M to the IRS. Pointing to his witness tampering charge, as well as his general past, the judge said that the pandemic already has resources being stretched and they simply can’t take the chance with him.
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