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R. Kelly judge to decide on order protecting evidence

Posted at 6:40 AM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 09:40:36-04

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge overseeing singer R. Kelly’s child-pornography case in Chicago is set to rule on how tightly he should restrict access to and mentions of the evidence.

There’s little doubt Judge Harry Leinenweber will approve some form of a protective order during Wednesday’s hearing. But the singer’s lawyers have argued that restrictions proposed by prosecutors were too wide-reaching and could hamper their defense.

Kelly is jailed on charges that also include coercing minors to engage in sex. Marshals are transporting him to New York for a Friday arraignment on related charges. He isn’t expected to attend Wednesday’s Chicago hearing.

His 82-year-old judge revealed last week that before his assignment to the case this month he hadn’t heard of Kelly, whose hits include “I Believe I Can Fly.”