Ignition Starts on R. Kelly Court Date

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Rapper R. Kelly is at long last getting his day in court.

Kelly, 40, whose real name is Robert Kelly, faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted of videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl. Prosecutors have said the girl could have been as young as 13, but defense attorneys have disputed her age and whether Kelly is on the tape. The underground videotape was widely circulated.

But, as Newsweek reported a few months back, it may not be Kelly that's been denied justice.

But he's not acting like a man in a hurry to clear his name. Kelly's lawyers have always had the option of invoking the speedy trial rule that mandates the case begin in four months or be dropped. They never have. Shauna Boliker, the head of the Cook County state's attorney's Sex Crime Unit, says the last five years have been filled with endless legal maneuvers. "His lawyers have filed 25 to 30 motions, and that's just not the norm in any case," says Boliker. "And the people who are really suffering are the victims."

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