Sexual Assault, Lawsuits, Lawsuit, Bill Cosby, R. Kelly

Sexual Assault, Lawsuits

After a Last-Stand Defense, R. Kelly’s Fate Is Now in a Jury’s Hands

R. Kelly's lead attorney made a head-scratching comparison to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and similarly lofty rhetoric in their closing arguments: 'He doesn't need your sympathy, he only needs your fairness.'

9/27/2021 12:21:00 AM

R. Kelly 's lead attorney made a head-scratching comparison to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and similarly lofty rhetoric in their closing arguments: 'He doesn't need your sympathy, he only needs your fairness.'

In a closing statement, the singer’s lead attorney argued that Kelly has been targeted by embittered and financially motivated fans. A final rebuttal from the prosecution emphasized the breadth of both Kelly’s alleged crimes and the testimony that jurors have spent more than five weeks hearing.

Deveraux Cannick,began the R&B star’s final defense in his racketeering and sex trafficking trial on Thursday by discussing the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. In his closing statement to the jury in a Brooklyn federal courtroom, Cannick contemplated the civil rights movement and the importance of living up to the vision of America as set out by the Constitution.

One of Trump's top targets has outraised the opponent he backs to oust her Buttigieg says US supply chain issues will 'certainly' continue into 2022 NFL Switches To All-Pink MRI Machines For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Invoking King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, Cannick suggested that Kelly and King were fighting similar battles to make the United States “be true to what’s on paper.”“Somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press,” Cannick quoted, before bringing listeners back to the courtroom. “That’s all Robert is trying to do.”

It was, objectively, a head-scratching comparison. Over the course of his nearly three-hour remarks, Cannick did not return to it, but continued to speak at a similarly lofty rhetorical level. “He doesn’t need your sympathy,” the attorney said. “He just needs your sense of fairness.” Employing long pauses and heavy repetition of key phrases, he often let such declarations sit in dramatic silence. The remarks came as Kelly’s federal trial on headtopics.com

approached its conclusion after more than five weeks. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to each charge and faces between 10 years in prison and a life sentence if convicted on all counts.The substance of Cannick’s summation relied on the tack he’staken throughout his cross-examination

of Kelly’s alleged victims, depicting them as disgruntled fans who invited Kelly’s advances or were seeking money. He referred to one accuser as “a stalker, a groupie extraordinaire.” Citing shopping sprees and Uber accounts that he said Kelly paid for, Cannick said, “You heard about a man who treated these women like gold.”

In one instance, Cannick mocked the disposition of witnesses who didn’t immediately answer his questions:Uh, aw, I don’t know.It was one of several attempts to inject some humor into his remarks, and one play on words seemed to bring him particular joy.

“A lot of people watchedSurviving R. Kelly,” Cannick said, referring to the 2019 documentary series that brought new waves of scrutiny to the allegations against Kelly, “and unfortunately, a lot of people are now survivingoffR. Kelly.”The Kelly supporters on the scene, playing his music outside the courthouse as they have throughout the trial, cheered Cannick as he left the building. headtopics.com

Removed Robert E. Lee statue now on display at Texas resort Transportation chief Buttigieg defends family leave after being mocked by Fox News anchor ‘Y: The Last Man’ Canceled at FX on Hulu

In her rebuttal, U.S. AttorneyNadia Shihatatook particular objection to Cannick’s statements about how Kelly’s alleged victims dressed or danced. “It’s as if we took a time machine and went back to a courthouse in 1950,” she said on Thursday. “What they’re basically arguing is that all of these women and girls were asking for it and they deserved what they got.

“It’s not just absurd,” Shihata continued. “It’s shameful.”In her remarks, which lasted for roughly an hour over the course of two days, Shihata urged jurors to resist Cannick’s rhetorical style. “He often raised his voice, walked around the courtroom, and put on a show,” she said on Friday, recalling an exchange early in the trial when Cannick pressed one of Kelly’s accusers to explain how she could’ve aged two years between April 2008 and May 2009, only to quickly learn that the witness’s birthday was April 19. “That’s the kind of nonsense that went on in here,” Shihata said.

On several occasions, in its closing statement and rebuttal to the defense’s summation, the prosecution invoked the first names (some of which are pseudonyms) of the six women whose allegations against Kelly form the core of the case against him: Aaliyah, Jane, Sonja, Stephanie, Jerhonda, and Faith. As Shihata listed them for a final time in the trial, she stood beside a bulletin board that depicted the alleged enterprise of Kelly’s employees, who prosecutors claim have enabled Kelly’s abuse.

With arguments coming to a close, the jury is expected to begin deliberating on Friday. During Shihata’s rebuttal, Kelly occasionally shook or hung his head as the prosecution concluded its portrait of the ways in which he has operated throughout his career. “For almost three decades the defendant believed he was untouchable,” Shihata said. “He still believes that today.” headtopics.com

Read more: VANITY FAIR »

Mayorkas calling for end to ICE raids shows diversity of Biden's cabinet, experts say

Four members of President Joe Biden's cabinet identify as Latino.

Kelly Clarkson Shares the Inspiration for New Breakup Christmas Song.KellyClarkson reveals what inspired her new Christmas single and album's unique twist. kellyclarkson When is secret celebrity renovations coming on tonight kellyclarkson Just so y'all know, My December isn't a holiday/Xmas album. Just a regular (and awesome) album. It was even released on June. kellyclarkson Can anyone explain to me why brandonBlackstock needs $200k/mo support from kellyclarkson ? I thought he was a successful producer but he appears to be a male golddigger.

See Machine Gun Kelly Get Relentlessly Booed at Metal-Leaning Louder Than Life FestA week after beefing with Slipknot, see Machine Gun Kelly get relentlessly booed at metal-leaning Louder Than Life Fest 😂😂😂 I couldn't care less about Slipknot, but Machine Gun Kelly getting booed is always awesome.

Breaking down the racketeering charge facing R. KellyAfter six weeks of harrowing testimony in R. Kelly 's New York sex crimes trial, the jury is considering a raft of evidence intended to support a racketeering charge -- a unusual application of a law commonly viewed as a tool to nab mob bosses. 메시아께서는 왕, 선지자, 목자로 오셨습니다. 그분을 거절한다면 당신은 메시아의 세 직분을 다 잃어버리는 것입니다. .AnnouncementOfRapture You know you done fucked up right

All The Moments Kelly Ripa And Mark Consuelos Gave A Little TMI About Their Sex LifeThese two are still going strong...maybe a little too strong. 👀 I smell jealousy here 👀 Barf

Gospel singer Kelly Price 'safe' after she was reported missingShe went to a 'quiet place' to recover after being released from the hospital where she was treated for Covid 19. Glad she’s safe How do you verify? She needs to talk to & confirm with her sister & kids then. She doesn’t have to interact with the public at all but we need to hear its ok from them since they are still pleading 4 answers

Kelly Clarkson Officially Divorced from Brandon BlackstockKelly Clarkson has been a single woman for nearly 2 months, TMZ has learned, but a clerical error has thrown everyone off the scent. 🙋🏾‍♂️ Available Well thank God that national nightmare is over! What am I suppose to do with this information?