Monday, April 28, 2008

Media wants access to R. Kelly porn case
Lawyers for two newspapers filed an emergy motion to the court

The Associated Press
April 28, 2008

Lawyers for two newspapers and The Associated Press are seeking sealed court records and transcripts related to R. Kelly’s pornography case with an emergency motion filed in the Illinois Supreme Court.

The 41-year-old R&B singer has pleaded not guilty to charges that he videotaped himself having sex with an underage girl. His trial is scheduled to start in Chicago May 9.

The Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and the AP want the Supreme Court to order the Cook County Circuit Court to unseal the records immediately. Their motion was filed Monday.

Judge Vincent Gaughan (GAWN) has said he’s trying to protect Kelly’s rights and prevent information from influencing prospective jurors.