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R. Kelly Not Guilty on Child Pornography and Related Charges

By Hargrove Jones     Jun 13, 2008 in Entertainment
When the identity of the girl on the tape is in question, and the identity of the man in the tape is in question, the verdict is — not guilty.
R&B singer, R. Kelly, 41, in a Chicago trial, presided over by Judge Vincent Gaughan, was cleared of all 14 counts, associated with child pornography charges, in which Kelly was accused of making a sex tape, in which he appeared, having sex with a girl thought to be as young as 13.
It may have had something to do with the girl denying that it was her; and Kelly, denying that it was him. Or it may have been Kelly's mole, that wasn't on the man in the tape. Or that the chain of custody for the tape is unknown, Or that it cannot be established when the tape was made —
Kelly was defended by Chicago attorneys, Edward Genson, who is highly successful in winning acquittals, and the father-son team of Sam Adam Sr. and Jr.
The man who set these events in motion, Chicago Sun-Times rock critic, Jim DeRogatis, who claimed to have received the video anonymously in 2002, when he turned it over to police. But when it came time for trial, he was a no show. And when he appeared, pursuant to a judicial threat to put him in jail, he asked for the protection of the Fifth Amendment, which allows people to refuse to testify when they might incriminate themselves.
Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Shauna Boliker took the lead for the prosecution, calling 22 witnesses, during the seven days it took the prosecution to present their case.
Kelly's attorneys dispensed with the defense in a mere two days, calling 12 witnesses, including three relatives of the alleged victim who testified they did not recognize her as the female on the tape.
The jury spent a night in a hotel, but their full deliberations were less than a day. They read the verdict, that cleared the R&B superstar of all 14 counts, shortly after 2 p.m. Kelly responded to the verdict with tears, embracing each of his four attorneys.
The verdict brought to an end a criminal case that has been pending for six years. From the beginning, Kelly and a woman identified as the girl in the video, denied that they were the people in the video.
Kelly won a Grammy in 1997 for "I Believe I Can Fly," and is known for uniquely dramatic songs like "Bump N' Grind" and "Ignition," as well as the multi-part saga, "Trapped in the Closet."
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