Jacques Conway, who testified Wednesday, has the sort of resume prosecutors probably wish all their witnesses had: Methodist pastor, retired police sergeant, president of the Oak Park and River Forest School Board.
Yet Conway committed a gaffe that caused an awkward moment — he described defense lawyer Sam Adam Jr. as a "white male."
Adam Jr. is, by his own description, half black. Yet when prosecutor Robert Heilingoetter asked Conway to pick out R. Kelly in the courtroom, Conway said the singer was "the African-American male between two white males."
Kelly was seated between Adam Jr. and defense lawyer Ed Genson at the time.
Adam Jr. looked surprised, and shot a surprised look at his father, Sam Adam Sr., who happens to be white. Sam Sr. turned to Sam Jr.'s African-American wife, sitting on a nearby bench, giving her the same surprised look.
Conway, who is black, must have realized his mistake. When Sam Adam Jr. stood up to cross-examine him, Conway said, "Sorry for the misidentification."
Conway was called by the prosecution to identify the allegedly underage girl in the sex tape.