Maybe R. Kelly Really Can Fly

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(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.)

R. Kelly Believes He Can Fly

Today, the prosecution continued its attempts to unravel the defense claims of mistaken identities. Yet another former friend and classmate of the alleged victim identified her as the girl in the sex tape. Aubrey Hampton, now 23, testified that she not only recognized the alleged victim’s face, but also her mannerisms, including “the way she licked her bottom lip.” She also fingered the man in the tape as R. Kelly and testified that she met him through the alleged victim.

But a strategy for undermining the prosecution’s witnesses is taking shape as the defense attempts to call into question the very authenticity of the tape itself. If successful, all testimony identifying Kelly and the alleged victim would become meaningless. Previews of this conspiracy theory surfaced during cross examination. The defense apparently contends that one of the alleged victim’s relatives is Stephanie “Sparkle” Edwards and that she released the tape (and possibly doctored it!) as part of a personal vendetta against Kelly over a music biz deal gone wrong.

The parade of witnesses with positive identifications may have a strong impact on the jury and score the prosecution more points. However, the defense will likely pose multiple questions in an attempt to plant the seed of reasonable doubt despite that testimony. What was the friend’s age at the time? How much time has passed between this testimony and the time that the friend watched the tape? How reliable is their testimony in light of the poor quality of the tape? What about the lack of any admission by the alleged victim to her friends of any inappropriate conduct with “the Pied Piper”? But most importantly, are the witnesses who believed that they were watching their former friend in a sex tape really just victims themselves of a personal vendetta? We’ll see as the evidence unfolds. Until then, I believe the defense is climbing out of the hole, and has closed the gap on its deficit from four points to one. — Mark Muro, Attorney

Score:
Defense = +1
Prosecution = +2

Keep up with the trial at the Chicago Sun-Times’ blog, The Kelly Chronicles.

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  1. Nikki says:

    I’m sorry but he did that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He just paying that girl off not to say anything and for her to take that money to make her shut up is just not RIGHT or RIGHT in the law!!!! She is basically saying “That its okay for a grown )!$ man to sexually things to a little girl” now thats just SICK!!!!!!

    *I HOPE AND PRAY THAT HE DOEN’T GET OFF ON THIS, REALLY*!!!!!

  2. TEXAZZ B. says:

    PEDOPHILE PEDOPHILE PEDOPHILE!!!!!! R. Kelly is just that!!!! Sing along….. The JAIL is callin’ 4U. The JAIL is callin’ 4U. I hear it callin’ and they’re comin’ to get you Kells. I’m sooo sick of this SICK PERVERT. I am a fan of his music, but he needs to go to JAIL, bottom line. When is his MONEY not going to be enough and everyone holds PERVY KELLY accountable for his SICK TWISTED WAYS. He’s done this before and he’s still doin’ it. That’s why his nasty azz wants to go on tour with teenagers like Chris Brown or those artist who appeal more to the TEEN and TWEENS audiences. YUCKY YUCK!!!!!!

  3. TEXAZZ B. says:

    Oh yeah, He can fly alright…… RIGHT INTO A TEXAS PEN…. They know exactly how to make PEDOPHILES FLY.

  4. RICE says:

    SHE WAS BEEN A !~#_! AND THAT IS WHAT A !~#_! GET… YOUNG DUMB AND STUPID AND BET YOU KNOW THAT SHE KNEW WHAT IT WAS ABOUT BEFORE SHE SEXED HIM..

  5. tracy says:

    i really dont think he did that but if so f**k them young girl and every body who was not there but wanted to be there and now years later trying to put him in jail b/c them young girl wanted to give it up to a star

  6. TREE says:

    He looks handsome. He is a great player. Is he single now? His blog and photos were found at dating site “W e a l t h y l o v I n g . co m” last week. I am wondering what kind of relationship he is seeking on that site.

  7. Antoinette says:

    This has nothing to do with this story but I can’t find a “Contact VH1″ link so I’ll post it here.

    Please reduce the amount of times you air the Duffy video. It’s on over once an hour, it’s on MTV, it’s even played in Starbucks. I actually liked the song the first 50 times I heard it but NO MORE PLEASE! You have overexposed her…add her to the Leona Lewis list.

    Can you please try not to ruin a good song when you hear it?

    Forward to the Music Director of VH1

  8. Miriah leggins says:

    Well all i have to say is that she is a much quilty as him i mean if she never wanted to open her legs she could have said NO but in the tape it look as if she enjoyed him, i mean she was woman enough to lie about her age and have sex with him she is woman enough to have let this sh** go i mean if ya come knocking ya are gona get what the hell ya asked for
    i mean i love R-KELLY music
    i mean but yes what he did was wrong i mean but there should not be just one person to blame i mean i would blame both

  9. db says:

    For anyone to say that this girl got what she deserved is bull sXXXt. It’s tough to be beautiful. Its tough just to be a girl, just as it is just tough to be… I hope that this doesnt effect her life forever.. Its a painful long journey. GB

  10. Dee says:

    Wow I never realized how stupid people really are. Yes young girls lie about their age but that is still no excuse for a grown @#( man screwing a minor. Let me pose you people this question do you consider a 10-16 year olds women? The law doesn’t for good reason they do not have the life experience or maturity to make good choices. Mr. Kelly is a celebrity he out of all people should be careful about what he does and with who. There are a lot of crazy people out there.

  11. unome says:

    flav is stupid and i think season 3 was a joke it was made up and str8 phony

  12. SHAJUANA says:

    FIRST IN FOREMOST, I HAVE BEEN WATCHING AND LISTENING TO THE RADIO AND TELEVISION HOWEVER, WHEN YOU HEAR THINGS LIKE THIS YOU STEP BACK. HOWEVER, ME BEING A WOMAN AND MOTHER OF FOUR WE KNEW HOW ARE CHILDREN LOOK BETTER THAN ANYONE. MY THING IS THE YOUNG LADY STATED THAT IT WAS NOT HER SO WHY ARE THET CONTINUING TO BRING HER SUPPOSED FRIENDS IN TO TESTIFY. WHEN YOU ARE ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN PEOPLE TENDS TO SAY WHATEVER SOMEONE WANTS TO HEAR AND IF SOUNDS GOOD OR LOOKS GOOD WE THE PEOPLE RUN WITH IT. I WILL NOT LIE I SEENED THE BOOTLEG VERION AND IT CLEARLY TO ME THAT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE MR. ROBERT KELLY NOR THE ALLEGED VICTIM WHO ONCE AGAIN STATED IT WAS NOT HER. FOR ALL WE KNOW THE YOUNG WOMAN WHO ARE STEPPING UP COULD NOT REALLY BE A FRIEND TO HER AND COULD BE AN EMENY OF HER JUST TO MAKE THE YOUNG LOOK BAD IN PEOPLE EYES. I ALSO HEARD ON THE RADIO THE MAN IN THE VIDEO DOESNT HAVE A MOLE OR SOME SORT AND MR. ROBERT KELLY HAS ONE SO TO ME THAT LOOK VERY SUSPCIOUS TO ME. NOW I HEARD ABOUT THE SPARKLE SITUATION AS WELL AND SHE HAVE A MOTIVE AND ANIXOTY TOWARD MR. KELLY FOR THE FACT HER CAREER DID NOT BOOST OFF THE WAY SHE WANTED. WHAT I DON’T UNDERSTAND IS WHY THE JUDGE IS ALLOWING THIS PEOPLE TO ONTINUE COMING IN TO SAY THIS IS THE YOUNG LADY WHEN HER MOTHER AND HERSELF STATED UNDER OATH THAT IT WAS NOT HER CHILD. FOR THEM TO CONTIUE MAKES ME BELIEVE THAT SOMEONE IS VERY BYASS ABOUT THIS WHOLE TRAIL INCIDENT THAT IS BEFORE US TODAY. I BELIEVE THAT PORTION OF THE TRAIL SHOULD DROP DO TO NOT ENOUGH EDIVENDE AND I BELIEVE STATE OR DISTRICT ATTORNEY I REALLY DO NOT WHO DOING WHAT BUT THEY REALLY DO NOT HAVE ANY EVIDENCE ON HIM SO THAT WHY THEY ARE CONTINUE TO TRY AND MAKE PEOPLE BELIEVE IT THE YOUNG LADY AND THAT ALL THEY HAVE AND THEY ARE KEEPING THAT AS SOME KIND OF LEVELAGE WHEN EVERYODY KNOWS IT’S NOT CONCRETE AND AGAIN THEY STATED ON WGCI THAT THE MAN IN THE PICTURE HAS NO BIRTH MARKS AND MR. KELLY DOES MAKES YOU WONDER IS THERE A CONSPIRCY BECAUSE HE MAKE PROVATIVE MUSIC BUT THAT KIND OF MUSIC HAS BEEN OUT FOR DECADE’S. WE HAD CLERANCE CARTER SINGING HE WANTS TO STROKE A WOMAN TO THE EAST AND THE WEST. THEN YOU HAVE MARVIN GAYE SING LET’S GET ON AND THEY PAINTED A PICTURE AND NOT ONLY THAT THEY TALKED ABOUT IT EVEN WOMEN TALKED ABOUT SEXUALLY CONTENT WITH THEIR MAN SUCH AS BETTY WRIGHT SHE SONG ABOUT HER FIRST TIME MAKING LOVE I EVEN RECORD, SO SILK EVEN MADE A SONG LET ME LICK YOU UP AND DOWN UNTIL YOU SAY STOP NOTHING HAVE NEVER BEEN SAID TO ALL THIS ARTIST WHO CAME BEFORE MR. KELLY AND AFTER HIM. I HAVE NOTICES WHEN PEOPLE GET SUCCESS OR EVEN MAKE THEIR LIVES BETTER MORE PROBLEMS COMES THEIR WAY. WHAT AM HEAR TO SAY IS PEOPLE REALLY LOOK AT THE FACT’S AND NOT BY PEOPLE HEAR SAY BECAUSE IT’S TO MANY WHITE, BLACK, MEXICAN ETC LOCK UP FOR CRIMES THEY HAVE NEVER COMMITED AND WHEN EVIDENCE HAVE BEEN TAMPERED WITH OR HAVE NOT BEEN PRODUCE AT THE TRAIL PEOPLE ENDS UP SPENDING HALF OF THEIR LIVES IN A CAGE FOR BEING FALSELY ACCUSED. WHEN JESUS WAS CURIFIED ON THE CROSS FOR CRIMES HE DID NOT DO AND WHO KILLED HIM THE CHURCH AND WHO ACTED LIKE THEY DIDN’T KNOW HIM THE SAME MAN WHO BROKE BREAD WITH HIM AND WHEN THE CHURCH CURFIED JESUS THEY DID IT BEFORE THE PASSOVER AND REMOVE HIM BEFORE THE HIGH HOLY DAY SO THERE GO PEOPLE CASTING STONES WHEN YOU HEAR SOMETHING THAT MAY NOT BE TRUE YOU WANTED TO BE TRUE GOES TO SHOW YOU HOW YOUR MIND CAN BE SWAYED ALSO THE BILBLE STATES THAT YOU SHOULD NOT PASS JUDGEMENT AND JUDGE NOT AND YOU WONT BE JUDGE. RIGHT NOW THEIR NOT NO EVIDENCE SAYING THIS IS HIM AGAIN THE MAN IN THE VIDEO HAS NOT BIRTH MARK AND MR. KELLY DO SO HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE FOR THAT TO BE A MAN WHO WAS BORN WITH A BIRTH MARK NOT HAVE IN THE VIDEO THATS JUST COMMON SENSE SO RIGHT I HAVE FACT BECAUSE I READ AND LISTEN TO WHAT THE NEWS IS STATING ON THE CASE IF YOU FOLLOWED THE NEWS NOR READ HOW WOULD YOU KNOW BECAUSE SOMEONE TOLD YOU IF IT LOOK LIKE A DUCK AND QUACK LIKE A DUCK IT A DUCK OR MAYBE IT’S A GEESE. BE BLESS

  13. MODELREESE says:

    his (**&+!#_!(`#+^^ need to be in jail 25 years to life