Judge denies temporary release for R. Kelly despite coronavirus fears

8th April 2020

R. Kelly's effort to get out of federal jail due to his coronavirus fears was nixed Tuesday on grounds he had demonstrated "no compelling reasons" for a temporary release and he remains a "flight risk."

"While I am sympathetic to the defendant’s understandable anxiety about COVID-19, he has not established compelling reasons warranting his release," ruled U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly in the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn.

"At present, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the MCC in Chicago," Donnelly wrote in her decision.

Moreover, she wrote, 53-year-old Kelly is not in the category of people the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared most at risk for contracting the coronavirus. He cited a recent surgery during his time locked up but did not explain how that places him at a higher risk of illness, she wrote.

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