Defense rests in R. Kelly case

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After just two days of witnesses, R. Kelly's defense team rested Monday morning. The legal team's surprise decision apparently means jurors will not hear from Kelly's "goddaughter" — the female who allegedly appears in the sex tape.

The prosecution plans to put on two rebuttal witnesses on Tuesday: An assistant district attorney from Fulton County, Georgia, and its forensic video expert who has already testified. Closing arguments are expected Thursday.

The defense and prosecution stipulated to the testimony of two witnesses this morning — personal injury lawyer William "Buddy" Myers and a court reporter. Defense lawyer Ed Genson read the brief stipulations to the jury.

If called to testify, Myers would say family members of the girl allegedly in the tape contacted him about representing them — though he did not possess a copy of the sex tape. The Myers stipluation conflicts directly with the testimony of Stephanie "Sparkle" Edwards, the aunt of the girl allegedly in the tape.

Edwards testified Myers contacted her in December 2001, saying that he had the tape. Myers then sent a representative to her home to show her the tape, she said.

The court reporter stipulated to transcribing the grand jury testimony of Bennie Edwards Sr., the uncle of the alleged victim. Edwards Sr. was one of several family members called by the prosecution to testify to the identity of the girl on the tape.

On Tuesday, the prosecution plans to call assistant district attorney Robert Wolf from the Atlanta prosecutor's office. Wolf will testify that the fiance of Lisa Van Allen — who alleged she was in a threesome with Kelly and the underage girl — was not offered a deal in exchange for her helping the Kelly prosecution.

In cross-examining Van Allen last week, defense lawyers pointed out that Van Allen's fiance, Yul Brown, was arrested on gun and drug charges shortly before they reached out to Cook County prosecutors with Van Allen's information about Kelly. Brown got probation.

At one point today, defense lawyer Sam Adam Sr. referred to Yul Brown as "Yul Brynner," prompting Judge Vincent Gaughan to quip, "wrong movie."

The prosecution's video expert, Grant Fredericks, will be called in response to defense video expert Charles Palm — who said last week there was no mole visible on the back of the male in the tape. Fredericks had previously testified that, when the frames are slowed down, a mole can be seen.

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11 Comments

I will be glad when this case is over. This slenderest case has taken precious studio time away from you. I will be waiting this summer for your new CD to drop. BTW: R. Kelly !!! I hope you make a track about how these player haters have tried to drop your decimals......

Umm...Let's see...6yrs. before coming to trial? A governor has been tried and sentence to prison, a political reptile has been tried and awaits sentencing, numerous DNA tests have resulted in the falsely accused being freed from prison...AND R. KELLY'S MONEY AND CELEBRITY HAVE GIVEN HIM A PASS TO TOUR THE COUNTRY, FREE TO CONTINUE TO EXPLOIT YOUNG GIRLS???? The lady holding the scales of justice must have cramps.

I'm setting the Over/Under at 8 years the R. Kelly will get sentenced...

Hey lets just face the facts.

If the "alleged victim" would have been anything other than "black", Kells would have been already convicted under the Mann Act. I'm sure Chuck Berry would agree.

Unfortunately, many from the African American community(especially many older black women)continue to bash the wrong person.

I hope Stateville has a spot open.

First I think that since he tied up the court system for 5 or 6 years and then presented such an inept defense, the judge will give him at least 10 years but also give him an opportunity to enter a sexual offender program while incarcerated so he can reduce his sentence. Secondly he can't go to Stateville but to a facility that houses sex offenders. They must be housed seperately from the population.

THE THING THAT IS MOST SAD ABOUT THIS ENTIRE THING IS THAT IT WAS NO BIG SECRET THAT R. KELLY WAS SPENDING TIME HANGING OUT AT HIGH SCHOOLS LONG AFTER GRADUATION WITH HIS FLASHY CARS AND IT WAS NOT BECAUSE HE WAS SPEAKING ABOUT ,"JUST SAY NO". THE GUY HAS PROBLEMS AND IF HE GETS OFF, THE HE'LL JUST CONTINUE TO,"GET OFF"

First of all since R Kelly's lawyers tied up the courts all those years, the judge could very well sentence hime for 10 years for tying up the system with such an inept defense. Secondly he would probably go somewhere that holds sex offenders and there he can go into the sex offender program and cut some of his time. It doesn't look good for him and he should have taken a plea years ago and by now he would be back home.

The man is guilty. But, money can change blue skies to green, orange,, any color you want.

I think he will probably get off, although I hope not.

HE DID IT!!
He is on that tape.

This piece of walking trash (r.kelly) and his imbecile supporters need to be in prison with dozens of big,angry,burly men so they can get their asses tapped, along with a side order of urine.

I disagree with all statements that was provided. Currently, I am in school to become a lawyer. However, to place all this asside I would like to elaborate and rectify some things on this issue. R. Kelly was not implicated for this crime until he would not write an album for Sparkle. If she was so concerned about this she would have said something sooner. Also if she was in the video she should be prosecuted as well. Do I believe he will serve time "maybe" will it be a lot of time "no." As others have said he have money, fame and fortune goes a long way. From a lawyers propective you should argue what I just indicated why wait if you knew all this was going on. What possessed you to now talk. I am a true Kell's fan own every album and so forth. However, awhile this cause will be past statutory time and nothing can be done. Maybe this is what they are waiting for. Who knows? Is Kell's wrong she and should have some kind of punishment for this crime however, it you allow a person for several years to walk with no kind of stipulations the judge and our system (DA) is the problem not Kell's. My words are to let him go!!! There can be no punishment if nothing was done at the time of the crime. He was not incarcerated or nothing. Who committed the crime the system?

@ Anonymous LAW STUDENT

There are lots of reasons for people refusing to coopertate or taking long to come forward. As an aspiring lawyer, you should know better.
Maybe their resistance was to protect their own interests.(Career, fear of further exploitation, personal safety).

Regardless of their motives, this should not exclude the possiblity that R did this.

Are you interning with the defense?

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