Grammy Award-winning singer, R. Kelly’s lawyers will ask for his release from prison when they went to the appeals court on Friday, September 4th on the grounds that the singer has been able to prepare for the upcoming trial for almost six months.
R.Kelly not see the lawyer in person since March, when the jail went into lockdown.
He is also not allowed to have in-person visits because of concerns coronavirus law, his lawyer told CNN.
trial, scheduled to start at the end of September in federal court in Brooklyn, has been delayed because of the pandemic.
According to the lawyer Kelly, the singer can not read or write, can not review legal documents in this case, make a note or “meaningful” to communicate with a lawyer without an in-person meeting.
“He basically was cut out of the process of discovery and preparation,” wrote attorney Tom Farinella in a court filing.
Arguments Kelly’s legal team on Friday will be the sixth time he argued for the release since he was detained in federal July 2019.
lawyers argue that being in federal prison puts Kelly at risk of developing severe complications from the Coronavirus.
Kelly face charges in New York including extortion and violation of the Mann Act, which prohibits trafficking for prostitution or sexual activity.
Kelly faced accusations derived from activities that allegedly took place more than two decades in New York, Connecticut, Illinois and California.
He also was indicted on federal charges in Illinois for child pornography and obstruction, as well as state costs aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Kelly’s attorney Farinella argues that the only way Kelly communicates with a lawyer is through phone calls “protection of confidentiality” which is required to have a meaningful conversation the attorney-client privilege.
But prosecutors said releasing Kelly would be dangerous because he is a flight risk, a danger to society and because he has a history of interference with witnesses and judges.
According to the prosecutor R.Kelly have access to the money even though his defense team said he had “virtually no resources financial fluid,”
But prosecutors say contradict that viewpoint says the singer has received more than $ 200,000 in royalties in the first quarter of 2020 alone.
Prosecutors also say if Kelly is released to his home in Chicago, he’ll be out of the jurisdiction of the Eastern District of New York who will make the laws for him to remove his electronic monitoring device.
Prosecutors believe if he removes the device or change to the law enforcement response will not be immediate.
The prosecutor also said that because the people wearing masks in public because Coronavirus, Kelly could easily hide his face “so will not be known.”