Martin Luther King Jr.dragged the name of R. KellyThe federal trial on multiple sex offenses in a rather outrageous way – his lawyer says the singer should be acquitted because he is just like MLK.
Yes, try to catch your breath. The final arguments will end Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn (New York) and the defense attorney Deveraux Cannick he made the comparison by telling the jury that Kelly demands that prosecutors prove that he is guilty out of a reasonable doubt … in the same way that Dr. King fought for constitutional rights.
He went on to quote a part of MLK’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, stating … “Somewhere I’ve read about freedom of speech. Somewhere I’ve read about freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read about freedom of the press. “
Her point seemed to be that Dr. King wanted the government to defend the Constitution, and Kelly would too … in her trial for sex crimes.
Note that Kelly’s attorneys only called a handful of witnesses during the trial, most of whom only testified that they had not seen Kelly do anything illegal. The singer himself chose not to testify, though it’s not uncommon.
Cannick also claimed that prosecutors encouraged witnesses to lie in the stands.
The jury will begin deliberations soon. Kelly faces ten years if convicted.