Kelly's request to be released

Lawrence Kim
April 8, 2020

She continued, "While I am sympathetic to the defendant's understandable anxiety about COVID-19, he has not established compelling reasons warranting his release", per Page Six.

As of Thursday afternoon, 241 federal inmates and 72 BOP staff members had tested positive for COVID-19 nationwide, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

The judge said there haven't been any confirmed cases of the disease and said jail officials had enacted emergency measures in the institution in order to protect inmates and staff from the disease.

Kelly is being held at the Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he is awaiting trial on racketeering, sexual misconduct and other charges in three jurisdictions.

On March 13, the singer's NY indictment was updated and replaced, adding five acts of racketeering and charging Kelly with four more counts of violating the Mann Act.

A month later, the singer was arrested again and indicted on federal charges including child pornography, racketeering and obstruction of justice in both IL and NY, indictment documents and his lawyer confirmed.

The federal charges in Chicago accuse Kelly of filming himself having sex with underage girls and of paying off potential witnesses in his 2008 trial - at which he was acquitted - to get them to change their stories. On March 26, his attorneys asked that he be released, citing his age, 53, and a recent surgery as risk factors that made him susceptible to a severe bout of the illness.

"[Kelly] is now in custody because of the risks that he will flee or attempt to obstruct, threaten or intimidate prospective witnesses".

The judge confirmed that there are now no confirmed cases of coronavirus at the Chicago facility where R. Kelly is being held.

In October, Donnelly ordered Kelly, whose full name is Robert Kelly, to be held without bail after the judge agreed with prosecutors that freeing him would create a risk of him fleeing or tampering with witnesses. His trial date in Chicago is October 13.

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