R. Kelly claims he is not a threat to society and wants out of prison.
Disgraced singer-songwriter R. Kelly is begging a judge to release him from prison, claiming he would stay away from trouble if he were to be released. Kelly is currently in jail for several child sex assault cases and the multiple allegations of child sex abuse made against him.
The Blast has obtained legal documents that state Kelly has given “clear and convincing evidence” that he is not dangerous and should be released. Despite the audacity, his letter goes on to note that he is not a “violent” criminal. His definition of “violent” means crimes with weapons, like guns or knives.
The letter reads:” The question of whether the Defendant had met his burden to establish by clear and convincing evidence that he did not pose a danger to the community was a close one at the March 6 hearing. Defense counsel presented ample evidence at that hearing that aside from the arrest from which the alleged violation of supervised release arises, the Defendant does not have a violent background: no prior convictions involved violent conduct or gun charges.”
The documents, which were filed by Kelly’s legal team on Friday, state that the singer has “now established by clear and convincing evidence that he does not pose a danger to the community.” Baller Alert previously reported that Kelly insisted that he be released from prison because of the risks the coronavirus poses to inmates.
“The government appears to wholly overlook the fact that this pandemic is unlike virtually any other that the United States has ever confronted. It has now become clear that it is not unique to age, it can strike at the healthy, and it is deadly. The only possible protection from it is’ social distancing’ and time. A jail is the antithesis of a safe environment. It is closely confined and heavily – populated largely by those who have little respect for others. Hygiene is the exception. Showers are taken by inmates, at best, 2-3 times per week; meals are served in cramped ‘day’ rooms, and ‘social distancing’ is impossible,” his letter regarding COVID-19 read.
Officials and prosecutors addressed the letter, saying inmates are provided soap and other hygienic products while they are incarcerated. However, Kelly’s legal team fought back with claims that the prisons are not taking the right measure to keep prisoners safe from the virus. “To suggest that the jail is a safe environment against this disease is foolish, as well as baseless. The purported protective measures being taken by the BOP, and cited by the government, are and will be completely inadequate. First, the idea that, just because more soap has become available, the conditions have miraculously become sanitary, is nonsensical. The inmate still has no protection from those things he must touch.”
It continued, “For example, the faucet to turn the water off after he washes his hands, the cell door he must open to re-enter his cell, the trays he must touch to eat, and the people he must be around. Regardless of how long he spends in his cell alone, in order just to function, he must continually interact with guards who do not yet even know whether they have been infected.”