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First Jurors Selected for R. Kelly Trial

May 12, 2008 06:45 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
by findingDulcinea staff
The wife of a Baptist preacher, a business executive and a telecommunications company employee have thus far been selected for the singer’s long-awaited child pornography trial.

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Those three are the first to be selected from a pool of 150 potential jurors in the case against Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Robert “R” Kelly. The process began on May 9 and is expected to take about a week.

The high-profile nature of the trial is making jury selection a challenge for both the prosecution and the defense, reports MTV News. Experts say that attitudes about sex, celebrities and police will be the most relevant topics during jury questioning, not gender or race.

“What we have to look at is life experience. That’s what’s going to influence the way they respond to the evidence in the case, not just whether they are of one race or one religion or another. The bottom line is, cases like this trigger certain underlying issues, deep issues about racial prejudice and underage sexual relations,” says Chicago jury consultant and defense attorney Paul Lisnek.

R. Kelly, 40, is accused of videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl. He faces 14 counts of child pornography, including seven for directing and seven for producing. He has pleaded not guilty and faces 15 years in jail and a $100,000 fine.

Nonetheless, the singer has continued to record music and tour since being indicted. He recently released the single “Hair Braider,” from his album “12 Play: Fourth Quarter.”

Headline Link: ‘Three Jurors Chosen for R. Kelly’s Trial’

Related Topics: ‘R. Kelly’s High-Profile Case Makes Jury Selection Challenging for Both Sides’

Background: ‘R. Kelly To Be Tried on Child Pornography Charges’

Reference: Robert “R” Kelly and his Hip-Hopera


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