R. Kelly to Finally go on Trial, Jury Selection Begins Sept. 17

R&B singer R. Kelly’s child pornography trial will finally begin next month, according to a Cook County judge. It has been more than five years since the Grammy-winning crooner was charged with multiple counts of child pornography for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with an under aged girl. Judge Vincent Gaughan said Wednesday (Aug 1.) jury selection will begin Sept. 17 in the trial, which should last about a month. Kelly was also present at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse hearing with his lawyers to discuss the jury questionnaire, which contains 136 questions, Assistant State’s Atty. Shauna Boliker said. She would not comment on the nature of the questions, which potential jurors will be required to answer. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Gaughan held an afternoon meeting with court personnel and local reporters to discuss the logistics of the trial, which is expected to garner international media attention. The court has already gotten inquiries from MTV and outlets in Japan, reports the Chicago Tribune. Gaughan decided last summer to allow the media and the public to view a videotape at the upcoming trial that allegedly shows Kelly having sex with the minor.

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