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Judge Refuses to Let R. Kelly Out of Jail

Orders singer held without bond
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 16, 2019 2:47 PM CDT
In this courtroom sketch, R&B singer R. Kelly, center, appears before U.S. Magistrate Shelia M. Finnegan, left, in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Friday, July 12, 2019, in...   (AP Photo/Tom Gianni via AP)
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(Newser) – A federal judge on Tuesday ordered R. Kelly held in a Chicago jail without bond on sex-related charges, saying that R&B singer had failed to convince the court that he would not commit new crimes if released. US District Judge Harry Leinenweber handed down the ruling after Kelly was arrested last week, the AP reports. He faces charges in Chicago and New York including having sex with minors and trying to cover up the crimes by paying off victims and their families. Kelly, wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackled at the ankles, did not speak except to say "yes sir" when the judge asked if he understood the charges. His attorney, Steve Greenberg, submitted a not guilty plea.

Assistant US Attorney Angel Krull said Kelly was "an extreme danger to the community, especially minor girls." She also argued that he might flee if released. "If he was attracted in 1999 to middle school girls, he's still attracted to middle school girls," Krull said. "It's who the defendant is and that, your honor, makes him a danger today." Kelly has first arrested on sex charges in 2002 but was acquitted by a Chicago jury in 2008. He was arrested earlier this year on new state charges brought by Illinois prosecutors. His arrest last week was on separate federal charges. "We thought we'd get him out, but the judge saw it otherwise and we respect his ruling," Greenberg said, per CNN.

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