Boliker rebuts Sam Jr.

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Rising to rebut Sam Adam Jr.'s closing argument, prosecutor Shauna Boliker told jurors, "this is not a whodunit. It's a 'he did it'."

"The one thing they can't get out from under is that videotape," Boliker said. "They can't, because you're not going to let them do that."

Adam argued passionately for about an hour, quoting sources from Corinthians to Ralph Cramden, sweat dripping from his face. Boliker was more measured. But one by one, she took aim at questions Adam had raised about the prosecution's case.

First, she urged jurors not to forget the 14 witnesses who identified the girl on the tape — and said none of them had testified for "pleasure."

"Maybe they haven't seen her in six or seven years, but they identified her in that period of time," Boliker said.

"These people came before you because they knew what was right," she added.

Boliker said the prosecution did not need to call the alleged victim as a witness, saying, "we have, in fact, respectfully proven this case without" her.

She mocked the defense's video expert, Charles Palm, calling him a "self-proclaimed real estate mogul/engineer who picked this up as a hobby."

"You know what's on that tape. You know it's vile. You know it's disgusting. And you know it's Robert Kelly," Boliker said.

After Boliker finished her rebuttal, Judge Vincent Gaughan read the jury instructions aloud. The jury began deliberating at 2:30 p.m.

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COMING FROM ARKANSAS!!! I THINK KELLY IS NOT GUITLY.THIS HAPPEN WAY BACK IN THE DAYS,IF ALL THESE WITNESS ARE COMING FORWARD NOW WHY IN THE HELL DIDN'T ANYONE CALL THE POLICE BACK THEN.THEY SEE A MAN MAKING MONEY AND TRYING TO TAKE IT.BUT THATS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.JUST FREE ROBERT SLYVESTER KELLY.LEAVE HIM ALONE...........

some people just don't get it. what about all the other stuff there not letting the jury here, him having sex with other minor's. the man is guilty 100%. forget that he is a good singer and celeb. He is the scum of earth.period.

I am praying for R. Kelly. I am a huge fan of his, and hope that everything is okay. I do not know if it is or isn't him, but I know that right now he needs prayer!

If R Kelly was innocent and that girl wasn't the girl on the tape, then they both would have not been afraid to testify to that. A lot of people make money but they don't have sex with minors. He needs to go! Funny there were no character witnesses for R Kelly testifying about what a great person he is.

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