R. Kelly’s name has been dragged through the mud after being in prison on a separate federal indictment that includes child pornography, sexual exploitation of children and conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Government.
An alleged associate of the rapper had pleaded guilty to setting the rapper’s ex-girlfriend’s car on fire as well. The disgraced rapper’s sex trafficking trial is set to take place in August.
However, now it seems the rapper’s legal team has pleaded with the judge to postpone the trial. According to a report by the Associated Press, lawyer Deveraux Cannick sent a letter to U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly, where he argued that R. Kelly’s required jail quarantine, which will be ending on Tuesday, has prevented them from being able to prepare for the trial.
Cannick further argued that his client is “anxious” to have his day in court but not “at the expense of his Sixth Amendment rights.” It was also argued that once the mandatory quarantine is done, Kelly and his legal team will be forced to conduct business using one of a limited amount of jail conference rooms. Kelly and his legal team will have no choice but to conduct business using one of a limited amount of jail conference rooms.
Should a proper space not be provided, then they will have to hold meetings near other inmates and attorneys. Prosecutors have yet to respond to the lawyer’s plea for the postponement of the trial and at this point in time, it is not known whether the trial will even be postponed or not. We will keep you updated on this ongoing case.