Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Will the R. Kelly case ever be heard?

5 years after charges, Kelly trial date elusive
By Kayce T. Ataiyero and Michael Higgins, Tribune staff reporters Tribune staff reporter Azam Ahmed contributed to this report

In a case that has been a saga of delays and false starts, R. Kelly's trial was postponed yet again on Tuesday, with no trial date in sight more than five years after child pornography charges were filed against the R&B singer.

The lead prosecutor in the case, Assistant State's Atty. Shauna Boliker, gave birth last week, prompting the judge presiding over the case to indefinitely postpone the trial less than two weeks before its scheduled start on Sept. 17.

A spokesman for Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan cited doctor's orders in announcing the decision, a move that has added a familiar air of uncertainty to the case.

This was the closest that the trial had come to starting. But it was no secret that Boliker was scheduled to deliver a baby last week, which had led to speculation at the courthouse that the Sept. 17 date was unrealistic.

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