Covid-19: Judge Refuses R. Kelly Plea for Release

A judge has ruled that disgraced R&B superstar Robert Sylvester Kelly, also known as R. Kelly would not be let out of jail despite his plea to be released in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In March, the singer’s attorney had asked the Judge to let the singer live in his house for the fear of contracting the deadly virus. The singer contended that due to the strict terms of his confinement, having face to face meetings with his lawyers has become difficult and it hinders his ability to properly discuss his defence strategy with his lawyers before his trial, which is set to commence in July.

Ruling on the application, Judge Ann Donnelly of the Eastern District of New York stated that, the singer is a flight risk and could temper with witnesses in his case.

The Judge also stated that, so far there has not been any reported case of Covid-19 infection in the correctional institution the singer is locked in.

In her final submission, she stated that the singer’s only chance at a release would be that, he proves beyond any reasonable doubt to the court that he does not intend to temper witnesses nor endanger their lives and that he would not flee from justice.

R. Kelly is battling numerous allegations of sexual misconduct, sex trafficking, racketeering, and having sex with minors.


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