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R. Kelly judge shoots down request for $850K in attorneys’ fees from singer’s acquitted ex-manager

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Chicago — A federal judge in Chicago, who presided over the trial of R. Kelly and two former employees of the singer last summer, on Monday dismissed a request by one of the workers to pay the government $850,000 in legal fees.

The trial ended with Kelly convicted, but ex-assistant Milton “June” Brown and former business manager Derell McDavid were acquitted.

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Leinenweber found that the case brought by the prosecutor “had reasonable probable causes and was neither offensive, frivolous, or malicious.”

“The jury evaluated the testimony, evidence, and reliability of the witnesses and reached conclusions on those grounds,” wrote Leinenweber. “McDavid argues that a government action is logically impossible, but courts have not and still do not agree at trial.”

In September, the jury found Kelly guilty of three counts of child pornography and three counts of soliciting a minor to commit a sex crime.

However, it rejects allegations that Kelly conspired to obstruct a 2008 trial in Cook County and that she spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in a frantic search for incriminating videos that amounted to child pornography. bottom.

McDavid and Brown were charged with conspiracy, but were acquitted.

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McDavid spent more than two days on the witness stand, and his attorney claimed in October that prosecutors “told jurors a story that must be false based on the collective testimony of witnesses.”

Kelly’s sentencing is scheduled for February 23.

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