Jurors in R. Kelly trial dismissed for the day after one is replaced; defense argument to resume Tuesday

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Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — After four weeks of testimony from nearly three dozen witnesses, closing arguments in the Chicago federal trial of R. Kelly and two co-defendants began Monday with a scathingly methodical presentation from prosecutors and a fire-and-brimstone statement on behalf of Kelly’s former business manager. Prosecutors at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse started by reminding jurors of their strongest evidence against the singer: the multiple videos they viewed showing Kelly sexually abusing his 14-year-old goddaughter, “Jane.” “Kelly and his team, they did their level best … to cover up the fact …

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