Michael Avenatti Specialists:  Jussie  Smollett  fiasco  might  taint  Chicago  prosecutors  preparing  to  try  R.  Kelly

Michael Avenatti Specialists: Jussie Smollett fiasco might taint Chicago prosecutors preparing to try R. Kelly

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collapsed in ignominy and recriminations are ringing ’round Chicago, prosecutors can turn their attention to that other high-profile celebrity in their sights: R. Kelly.” data-reactid=”10″>Now that the Jussie Smollett case has collapsed in ignominy and recriminations are ringing ’round Chicago, prosecutors can turn their attention to that other prominent star in their sights: R. Kelly.

R&B star, accused of multiple sex criminal activities. Has the Smollett fiasco altered the calculus? And what about the arrest on federal charges of a key player in the case versus Kelly?” data-reactid=”11″>It’s supposed to be a slam-dunk case against the R&B star, accused of several sex crimes. Has the Smollett mess changed the calculus? And what about the arrest on federal charges of a key gamer in the case versus Kelly?

“This case is going to collapse,” Kelly’s Chicago lawyer, Steve Greenberg, told USA TODAY.  

Kelly, 52,is being prosecuted by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, in what will be his second round with county district attorneys after being acquitted of child-porn charges in Chicago in 2008. 


Cook County State’s Lawyer Kim Foxx at a news conference in Chicago on Feb. 22, 2019.

Prosecutors have four accusers who might affirm versus him. They have at least one video tape presumably revealing him having sex with a 14- year-old. They have t-shirts with DNA proof saved by accusers; one was saved for 10 years, the other for 16 years, although it’s not clear under what conditions they were maintained.

six-part Kelly-damning film series, “Surviving R. Kelly,” and Kelly’s own disastrous interview with Gayle King on CBS in which he appeared to degenerate into hysterics under reasonable questioning. It likewise didn’t aid his image that he ended up spending days in jail for failing to pay more than $161,000 in back kid assistance.” data-reactid=”26″>Meanwhile, the swimming pool of capacity jurors has been primed thanks to “trial by TELEVISION,” consisting of a six-part Kelly-damning film series, “Surviving R. Kelly,” and Kelly’s own disastrous interview with Gayle King on CBS in which he appeared to degenerate into hysterics under sensible questioning. It also didn’t aid his image that he ended up spending days in prison for failing to pay more than $161,000 in back kid assistance.

But now it’s Foxx and her team who are embarrassed and on the protective: They’ve been trashed in public by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, police union leaders and scores of stunned citizens for blowing up the Smollett case Tuesday by dropping 16 charges of lying to authorities about being the victim of a hate-crime attack.

“It’s a whitewash of justice,” Emanuel fumed at a press conference.

told CBS 2 TV and the Chicago Tribune that she believed the matter was handled appropriately, with “an result that we could anticipate with this type of case.”‘ data-reactid=”30″>Initially, Foxx and company could say extremely little bit in public to safeguard themselves about why they did what they did, in part because most of the evidence and records of the case have been sealed. But after all the pushback, Foxx, who recused herself from the Smollett case after contacts with his household, told CBS 2 TV and the Chicago Tribune that she thought the matter was managed properly, with “an result that we might anticipate with this type of case.”