April trial date set in R. Kelly's federal case in Chicago

R. Kelly Out of Solitary Confinement, Moved to General Population

R. Kelly got some good news and some bad news today.

At a hearing on Wednesday (4 September), US District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber set a date of 27 April, 2020 for Kelly's trial, according to the Associated Press.

"Defendant stated that the MCC staff told him that he could 'try it [general population] in a couple of days to see what it looked like but they can't guarantee nothing, '" prosecutors wrote, quoting from a recorded phone call Kelly placed on July 19 from Chicago's Metropolitan Correctional Center, per Page Six.

A filing by Chicago federal prosecutors said jail personnel moved the I Wish singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, from a restrictive housing unit on Tuesday.

R. Kelly, 52, who appeared in court in an orange jumpsuit flanked by his attorneys, did not speak but managed to nod at his supporters.

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Concerns for R. Kelly's trial is mounting as his attorney Steve Greenberg spoke to the complexities of getting prepared for four different trials. Perhaps the Kelly will want to hire more attorneys, but his money woes in recent months are well documented.

Beleaguered singer R. Kelly finally received a favorable ruling, albeit a small one. He has another case in Brooklyn for racketeering, transporting women and girls for sex and sexual exploitation of children.

R. Kelly, right, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court for a hearing on Friday, March 22, 2019, in Chicago.

In all, Kelly faces 40 counts of state and federal sexual misconduct charges in Illinois, Minnesota and NY, from sexual assault to heading a racketeering scheme aimed at finding girls for Kelly. If convicted, he faces life in prison for his crimes.

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