*R. Kelly requests to be released from prison for fear of being infected with COVID-19 have been denied.
In court documents obtained by ComplexJudge Ann M. Donnelly explain his reasons for refusing Kelly’s plea.
“While I sympathize with the defendant’s anxiety about COVID-19 which can be understood, he has not set a strong reason to guarantee his release. At present, no COVID-19 cases have been confirmed at the MCC in Chicago, “the judge wrote.
Lawyer Kelly, Steven GreenbergIt was previously revealed that due to the pandemic, visiting hours at MCC Chicago had been suspended, which prevented the singer from meeting with his legal team to prepare his defense of various sex crimes alleged to him.
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“The Prison Bureau has announced emergency measures to protect prisoners and staff, including suspending all legal and social visits, suspending the transfer of prison facilities, providing soap for prisoners, screening and testing prisoners and staff and modifying operations in detention facilities such as MCC to maximize distance social, “Judge Donnelly wrote in his decision.
The judge also pointed out that while the 53-year-old artist underwent surgery during his detention, “he did not explain how the history of surgery put him at a higher risk of severe illness,” Donnelly wrote.
In addition, the judge considered R. Kelly a flight risk
“[Kelly] currently in custody due to the risk that he will flee or attempt to obstruct, threaten or intimidate prospective witnesses. The defendant has not yet explained how the risks have changed. “
The judge added that due to the pandemic, Kelly’s trial would not take place in July as scheduled, writing that “when conditions return to normal, [Kelly] and his lawyer will have additional time to prepare for trial. “
We previously reported … Kelly was practicing “keeping a social distance” in Chicago’s federal prison to avoid the deadly corona virus.
“I think it’s fair to say that he’s trying to follow the same advice as all of us, and be smart, and you know, stay away from other people,” Greenberg said. Vulture. “He practices whatever social level you can do in prison.”
Adding, “He is worried because he might be in the worst possible situation, in terms of social distance, you might be in it.”
Kelly Coronavirus fears arose after the rapist was convicted Harvey Weinstein tested positive for the deadly virus in prison.
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