Jury begins deliberating federal racketeering case against R. Kelly in New York

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Chicago Tribune

NEW YORK — R. Kelly’s fate is now in the hands of the jury hearing his federal trial in New York. After a six-week trial featuring the testimony of 50 witnesses and three days of closing arguments, jurors in the racketeering case against Chicago-born R&B star began their deliberations at about 12:40 p.m. Chicago time on Friday. U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly took three hours to read through more than 80 pages of jury instructions before sending the panel of seven men and five women back to begin going through the 9-count indictment. The judge has not publicly indicated how long she would let…

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