R. Kelly Trial Forecaster: Threesome Testimony Delayed

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R. Kelly at court in Chicago.(The VH1 Blog knows very little about the law. So we’ve solicited Mark Muro, a founder of the California law firm Muro & Lampe, Inc. to keep a running tab on which side has the advantage in the R. Kelly child pornography trial. Check back daily for updates.)

In a Hollywood-style cliffhanger, the much-anticipated testimony of one of the prosecution’s key witnesses was postponed today. The witness, a mother from Atlanta, was expected to testify that she had a threesome with R. Kelly and the alleged victim and identify both as the individuals in the sex tape. But Judge Gaughan cut proceedings short after learning of a surprise witness for the defense. Apparently, the witness contacted the defense just this morning. Expected to discredit the testimony of the Atlanta mom, the witness will arrive some time tonight in Chicago for what will surely be a long night of interviews and preparation with R. Kelly’s attorneys. Whatever information surfaces, expect the prosecution to try to bar new evidence from being admitted. If the prosecution fails, the defense may have an opportunity to break its low-scoring slump.

Also today: Add Joel Rhea to the list of witnesses identifying the alleged victim in the sex tape. He formerly coached a middle school basketball team that played opposite the alleged victim’s team. Of note is that it was the alleged victim’s forehead that sealed the identification. Supposedly, it’s so big that it served as the subject of jokes at basketball parties.
- Mark Muro, Attorney

No points today for either side. The score remains:
Defense: 0
Prosecution: +3