R&B singer R. Kelly who has been convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking, as of Wednesday, officially cut off his primal Chicago legal team and opted to have the attorney who successfully appealed Bill Cosby’s conviction defend him against pending abuse and other allegations in federal court.
Kelly seemed to feel the pressure of the case upon him because he said he wanted Jennifer Bonjean to represent him in the Chicago case, which is currently set for a jury trial in coming August. He had supposedly said this during a telephone conference Wednesday morning, while he is awaiting sentencing in a Brooklyn federal jail for his racketeering conviction in New York last year.
When asked if he and his original Chicago based legal team were parting ways by Judge Leinenweber, the singer replied, “That’s correct, your honor.” Kelly’s three trial attorneys from his New York case have made moves and withdrew their appearances. This now leaves only Bojean, Bill Cosby’s life and savior for his sex crimes convictions in Pennsylvania. Complicating matters is that Kelly has two co-defendants in the Chicago case — longtime associates Derrel McDavid and Milton “June” Brown — who’ve indicated they will object to further delays. He faces 10 years to life in prison.