Jury requests transcripts

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The R. Kelly jury requested a trial transcript shortly before 4:30 p.m.

The jury of eight whites and four blacks — nine men and three women — asked for transcripts of the entire trial. Failing that, they wanted a transcript of the direct and cross-examinations of Lisa Van Allen. Judge Vincent Gaughan told them no and to resume deliberating.

Van Allen testified June 2 that she had engaged in threesomes with R. Kelly and the girl who allegedly appears in the sex videotape at issue in this case. She said one of the trysts was videotaped by Kelly, and that Kelly's business manager later paid her $20,000 for the tape's return.

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This brings back memories of when I served on a jury. Granted, that was for a medical malpractice suit and not a trial like this. Still, it can be hard to sift through a ton of information. But I remember our judge telling us to take notes for reference. Of course, those notes were collected at the end of each day we served during that long near-month. And the notes were kept after we ended up not being able to come to a unanimous decision in the case.

It will be interesting to see what this jury renders as its verdict, given the differing testimony on both sides.

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