A federal judge has denied R. Kelly’s request for a new trial, just a week before he is set to be sentenced on child pornography charges following his conviction in Chicago last year.
Attorneys for the R&B singer have repeatedly made requests for new trials after a jury found Kelly guilty on three child pornography-related counts and three child enticement charges, finding that he sexually abused his 14-year-old goddaughter “Jane” and other minors in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
In their latest request, Kelly’s defense team argued that “Jane” lied during her testimony when she said she was undecided about whether she would seek restitution from Kelly, despite billing records from “Jane’s” private attorney that mention restitution.
“Simply because Jane and her attorney considered the possibility of restitution, does not mean she lied during her testimony,” Judge Harry Leinenweber wrote in a 10-page order Thursday. “Jane’s testimony was that she was undecided. Her testimony was not that she was not intending to pursue restitution.”
Kelly’s attorneys previously sought a new trial last November, arguing the prosecution's first witness — clinical psychologist Darrell Turner — gave “perjured testimony” about his hourly rate, and prosecutors failed to correct that error.
But in his order, Leinenweber wrote that he found “no likelihood that Dr. Turner’s testimony about his rates affected the jury’s decision to convict Kelly.”
“Looking at the evidence in the light most favorable to the Government, the Court finds that there was enough evidence to sustain a guilty verdict on all six counts Kelly was convicted of,” the judge wrote.
Kelly faces between 10 and 90 years in prison when he is sentenced on his latest convictions next Thursday. He was already sentenced to 30 years in prison following a separate trial before a federal trial in New York, where he was convicted on separate charges of sex trafficking and racketeering.
Kelly had also been was also facing sexual assault and abuse charges in Cook County, but State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced her office was dismissing that case last month, stating her belief that “justice has been served in the sentences that have already been handed down to Mr. Kelly.”
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